Renowned sushi master James Holder is pleased to announce the opening of his latest restaurant venture, James’ Place, adjacent to one of San Diego’s cultural epicenters, La Jolla Playhouse. The opening comes amid high anticipation from theater patrons, the UC San Diego community, La Jolla locals and San Diegans across San Diego county who have experienced a void since Wolfgang Puck’s Jai closed its doors nearly 18 months ago. The new 3,900-square-foot space boasts a sleek, minimalist design aesthetic intended to seamlessly complement Holder’s fresh Asian inspired menu offerings.
A native of Japan, Holder began honing his craft at 13 years old when he embarked on the art of sushi making in his hometown of Hiyama. Since that time Holder has finessed his skills in notable San Diego kitchens including Café Japengo, where he was instrumental in the restaurant’s opening. During his tenure there, the restaurant was awarded the California Restaurant Association’s Gold Medallion Award for “Best Sushi” for eight consecutive years as well as San Diego Magazine’s “Best Sushi” designation for seven years in a row. In addition to his work with James’ Place, Holder also serves as Chef/Partner at Mitch’s on El Paseo, located in the heart of Palm Desert.
At James’ Place, Holder has sourced the finest and freshest ingredients to create a seafood-centric menu of innovative dishes. Holder’s eclectic menu is accompanied by a well-curated selection of wines by the glass and bottle, a dozen sake options and a signature cocktail list with highlights including the Lychee Elderflower Martini with vodka, blue lychee liquor and St. Germain.
There is ample choice from the Asian inspired menu for guests to enjoy either from one of 32 seats surrounding the sleek, illuminated quartzite bar or throughout the sophisticated restaurant set off by floor to ceiling windows and an abundance of hanging orb lanterns. Outdoor seating is also available, allowing patrons to enjoy the campus’ serene, well-landscaped setting and the city’s enviable weather year-round. For more information, visit: www.jamesplacelajolla.com.