Little Tokyo: Brunch Every Day of the Week at Jist Cafe

Chasu Hash

Chashu Hash


If eating breakfast foods any time of the day or night is one of life’s many pleasures, then getting brunch any day of the week may be even better. Jist Cafe in Little Tokyo provides the perfect Downtown brunch experience with a Japanese American flair. Located on Judge John Aiso (aka San Pedro), the cafe is tucked next to East West Players’ theatre. Sit in the courtyard or in the bright cafe. 

Jist is best known for their pork belly chashu which is bathed in a marinade from a mother sauce made through the many years the family owned various cafes and so-called greasy spoons. Made into a hash and topped with two perfectly soft-boiled eggs, it’s big enough for two to share. But I had to go and insist on getting my own omelet. 

Chicken and Smoked Meats Omelette

Chicken Sausage and Smoked Meats Omelet

Once I had a bite of the chashu, I knew I’d get it next time. In the meantime, I had my own chicken sausage and smoked meats omelet to test out. I opted for an omelet but I would get this as a scramble next time. And maybe a side of rice. It was so much food! I did like the breakfast potatoes and scattering of cherry tomatoes. The only thing I would have liked was some melt-y cheese like this meaty omelet I had in Montana. Or I’ll just get the chashu hash. Yeah, that’s the plan!

Jist Cafe

116 Judge John Aiso St.,  Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 792-2116

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