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- 98%Adventure Travelers
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- HaruMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7First to ReviewJan 08, 2014
While visiting LA, my friend and I were looking for a Japanese restaurant that wasn't too far of a walk and nearby the Grove. After a few findings, we came across this place. Took us a good 15 minute walk from the Grove and didn't expect this place to be quite popular. Thankfully, we skipped out on another restaurant we were considering because they had a good one hour wait just to sit at the bar area!
Sparse tables and small space with very little detailing of decor, we waited for 20 minutes before being seated. There was seating indoors and outdoors under a cabana with heated lamps in case it was too cold, especially during "cold days" in LA. There were a few customers who had to wait for a table but the staff were so friendly ensuring everyone that it won't take too long of a wait to be seated. Wow! Such great service so far and we haven't ordered anything yet!
After reading over the menu and asking for recommendations, we ordered the following:
Lava Stone- what a great combo! This dish blew me out of the door! The spicy tuna, avocado, crispy rice and the Japanese caviar....YES!! Japanese caviar....OMG! I wanted to order another but I refrained myself from doing so. This was the most memorable dish out of everything we've ordered.
San Vicente- Umm....Can I have more?! This was divine as well but I had more of a desire for the Lava Stone.
Ono Carpaccio- I can definitely tell that everything at the restaurant is FRESH! Quality came out delicious and precisely tastefully done!
White Fish Tempura Ankake Style- reminded me of a particular restaurant that served something like this. Well balanced with the crispy tempura batter and the light broth swimming around in the bowl. Not my proud favorite but it was good to eat!
Overall, service and atmosphere was really good! The waitress kept coming back to refill our cups of Japanese green tea. One of the chefs came out to greet us too and making sure we loved our meal. Quiet enough to sit down and have a nice long chat with a friend or two for dinner. If you're willing to drop some money for hands down quality food, I'd suggest to dine here. All the customers seemed to have enjoyed their meal as much as I did. If I were in the area again, I'll keep this place as one of my favorite spots in LA!!