Sora at the Wilshire Grand
The bustling streets of downtown Los Angeles are forgotten as you take an elevator up to the 70th floor inside the new, sleek and stylish Wilshire Grand Center. When the building opened in June 2017, it was lauded as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Rising to 73 stories and 1,100 feet, the Wilshire Grand is the newest addition to the Los Angeles skyline. Christopher Martin, the architect and development manager, designed part of the multi-use high-rise for the 889-room InterContinental Hotel, occupying floors 31 through 68. Up on the 69th floor are two dining venues—an elegant Japanese restaurant, Sora, and Dekkadance, a market-to-table buffet dining area with views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. On a perfect day, Sora offers its guests breathtaking views of Dodgers Stadium, the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory. By day, Sora is an elegant omakase dining experience for lunch with three seating areas. Stools along the glass windows are behind a rolling conveyor belt parading plates of sushi covered in clear glass domes. Guests lift appealing plates right off the belt to enjoy. Another option is to sit at the sushi bar watching itamae (sushi chefs) precisely slice fish, prepare the perfect sushi rice, grate ginger and cut scallions to prepare hand rolls, nigiri and maki rolls. The last area is a narrow dining room with high-back booths alongside glass windows. It’s a popular spot in the evening for couples seeking a romantic dinner, and a place to gaze out at the twinkling nighttime views.