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Two Delicious New Reasons to Head to Downtown Napa

One’s Got Sushi, the Other’s Got State Bird-Style Carts

By Lauren Sloss ·
A766af9c9769c3bd89feacc1c8f215c423 PhotosKenzo and The Restaurant at CIA Copia
Been a while since you’ve been to Napa. A week, at least.

Let’s right that unforgivable wrong.

With Kenzo and The Restaurant at CIA Copia. The former is a Japanese restaurant from the good people behind Kenzo Estate and the latter is, sure enough, the restaurant portion of the new CIA near Oxbow Market.

They’re both open now, they look like this, and here are some more words about them...

Kenzo
Pedigree: Chef Hiroyuki Kanda of Kanda in Tokyo, which has had three Michelin stars for the past nine years. Is all.
Digs: Modern. Zen-like. Only 27 seats. Yes, yours should be at the cypress sushi bar.
Format: Prix fixe kaiseki or omakase.
You’re Eating: Snow crab and scallop shinjo. Wagyu sukiyaki. Sushi and sashimi. You get it.
You’re Drinking: Wine and sake, which just makes good sense.

The Restaurant at CIA Copia
Pedigree: Waldy Malouf, the CIA’s senior director of food and beverage and Chef Chris Aken of La Folie.
Digs: Mid-century with a wide-open kitchen and an outdoor bar.
Format: Roving carts filled with delicious things, State Bird-style.
You’re Eating: Grilled caponata with harissa hummus. Rotisserie rack of lamb. A wood-oven-roasted pumpkin filled with lobster ragout.
You’re Drinking: Wines by the glass, which also get the cart treatment.

Keep being you, carts.

Lauren Sloss requires a climate that allows her to wear motorcycle boots daily. She likes her bourbon neat and her martinis dirty, and would like to be the lead singer of a punk rock band when she grows up.

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