LOS ANGELES | Kawaba Rice Ball is a little store on Melrose that specialises in, you guessed it, rice balls. Onigiri or musubi, as they’re known in Japan, are balls or triangles of rice filled a range of different ingredients, and sometimes covered with nori (seaweed). They’re a very popular snack or lunch item in Japan as they’re tasty, nutritious, and easy to eat on the go.
The folks at Kawaba Rice Ball take the quality of their food very seriously – organic or natural ingredients are used where possible and rice is directly imported from Kawaba Village in Japan. In fact, this village is where the brand originated.
The fillings include meat, fish or Japanese-style pickled vegetables, and include traditional flavours like grilled salmon, and tuna mayo, and more locally inspired ones like the turkey soboro. Other menu options include things like miso soup, Japanese-style fried chicken, and mochi ice-cream. With food that’s simple, pretty, and delicious, Kawaba Rice Ball succeeds in doing what they do best at home, on this side of the Pacific.
Kawaba Rice Ball
7368 Melrose Avenue
Telephone: 312 272 4510
Thu – Tue: 11:00am to 7:00pm