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Yamashiro Restaurant is a "CalAsian" restaurant up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, CA. Great views. Great Atmosphere, Incredible service - but just OK food even though the Mothers' Day buffet presentation was beautiful. When you are about to spend this much money ($400 with tip for 5 people) you expect substantially more in the overall food quality. The sushi section was beautifully presented but the ingredients were mediocre at best and pedestrian in quality and taste. I mean 3/4" diameter rolls of mostly rice. The inari sushi could have been stuffed with something more than basic white rice - whoever heard of inari without delectible sushi rice with all of the good stuff blended in? There was to be a table where shyumai and gyoza were presented - what was served was a really tough, thick doughy wonton that was deep fried - serious disappointment. And no Yuzu-based ponzu sauce was to be found. Very sad. Then there was the main buffet line. When I heard yakisoba, I was hoping for real yakisoba - common Japanese comfort food that is commonly found at street cart vendors all over Japan. It was more like stir fried spahetti. Yecch. The roast turkey and prime rib were delectible and nicely hand-carved. When asked for paper-thin, the server did a beatuful job. Well done. The fresh fruit presentation was awesome. The pineapple was very ripe. The strawberries and kiwi were not quite ripe - closer to green. Yikes. Our server, Risako was 100% on top of her game. Incredible service, incredibly accomodating and commanding her help with ease - she made our experience at the restaurant good. Overall opinion? I'd go back on a non-buffet day to try it. However, not for Mothers' day again. Chris
This place used to offer anything on the breakfast/brunch menu, if you came on Saturday or Sunday before 10AM, for $7.95! Ah, those were the days! And the food they offered for brunch was some of the most inventive in town. Now, you pay full price anytime all the time, but the food is still better than most breakfast joints. Their homemade granolas are incredible. I have it topped with fresh fruit and vanilla yoghurt. The fruit is always well selected and very fresh. They make about six different benedict dishes that all have the potential to make this place legendary. The ingredients are always fresh as can be and the hollandaise needs just a bit more lemon to make it perfect. However (and this is a BIG however), they really have an overall problem with plating. It effects everything they serve but it almost ruins the benedicts. I know hollandaise is a delicate suace that can't get too hot, but how you deal with that is too make sure you pull all the ingredients together quickly. Pull the eggs out of the poaching trays, get 'em atop those slabs of Canadian bacon and pour the sauce on and GET IT TO THE TABLE. The eggs should help warm the sauce a bit in this scenario, but it seems they are always putting luke warm sauce on top of eggs that have gotten cold. The dish comes to you tepid and makes you think it has been sitting around. Not too appetizing. Sad, as I know from the flavors they have a potentially great benedict. Too many other inventive and mighty tasty dishes to mention but I can say the pancakes are quite delicious! All portions are very generous and the prices, even though not as low as days of yore, are still really fair.
Well, isn't this a surprise? Not that having a good sushi bar in a mini mall is surprising in L.A. The surprise is that it took me so long to try it out - and that it was actually good. I'll have to hit it up a few more times to give it a really well rounded review, but here's what I'll say: the fish is very fresh, and they have a huge assortment of rolls, and the usual sashimi, et al. At one of my fave sushi joints, I always ask for a rainbow roll, but request that they just use salmon. Miyako actually has this roll on the menu. And when you ask for some edamame, they come to your table with a fresh, steaming hot *enormous* pile of said dish, nicely salted. That is *so* much better than the usual cold and tasteless edamame that I frequently run into elsewhere. The service was a bit shaky, only because the waitress had started her new career just five minutes before I walked in the door. She actually didn't know what edamame was - we both had the manager come over, who looked terribly embarrassed, but quickly resolved the situation. The dishes arrived out of order, but they were all so good that I didn't care. It's walking distance from home, so ... I'm very happy.
I recently moved to the area and this place is just a few blocks away. Happy to say, it's become one of my neighborhood joints. I typically stick with the small plates since they're great to share with my significant other. Our favorites so far have been the fried oysters, the chicken and waffle croquettes, the spinach pierogi, the pumpkin ravioli and of course, the kaya toast. I'm all about the kaya toast and we've been known to get two orders on occasion. Also, and to pretend like we're being healthy, we'll order something green, such as the (crispy) brussels sprouts or the house salad. They have a terrific drink menu with cocktails that are too difficult or time consuming for me to make at home, (which is what I look for in a drink list). I can make my own, great old fashioned. I like trying a new drink every time I go. They also have a nice wine list when I'm in the mood for a glass. The service has always been great and the staff has always been friendly. I would recommend making a reservation before going since seating fills up pretty fast. Otherwise, get there once they open for dinner, like we usually do, and seating shouldn't be an issue.
So I read the reviews and it kinda left me in the middle because a few were decent and the others not so much. However, I decided I would try this place out since I was in the mood for sushi. So I was on my morning walk and I thought about going to the sushi place I read about. I guess it wasn't open at that time but I saw an Asian man standing in the window, so I did the movements that showed I wanted to know what time they opened and he gave me this "Go away" look and moved out of my site. I still came back a little later. I asked to sit at the sushi bar he said no but I was the only customer there. He kinda tossed the menu on the table then served me some "not bad" messy sushi rolls with "could have been fresher" fish. He check on me without having to ask him to come over. I got rolls and water but my bill comes to 30 dollars, not including tip. I was pretty sure I wouldn't be coming back. Ever but maybe it was a bad day. So you can try it if you want so it's up to you. Good luck. Sorry this was so long I'm a excited this is my first review.
Amazing service, impeccable food, amazing atmosphere! Words cannot describe my experience here! The kabob so juicy it literally felt like I was in Tehran again. In my honest opinion, many generic persian kabob restaurants in los angeles dont even come close to the taste you can get here. Friendly and attentive staff is the icing on the cake here. They were constantly making sure our water was filled, and if we needed extra napkins or utensils. They even went out their way to make sure we enjoyed our lunch. Apparently they bake their bread daily! I had the koobideh (ground beef) and my coworker had the joojeh (chicken) kabob wrap. Both were extremely juicy and perfectly cooked with a blend of spices that blew my mind and my taste buds. Definitely will come back here! Oh and I just realized its kosher!?! How could that be? Last time I had kosher kabob, it tasted like cardboard grilled on a flame. Not here. This place never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for being so attentive and tasty, kababi mahala!
The only way to get real authentic and delicious pupusas, is to have a freind or family member whose origins are from el salvador.....the process they go through once a year to make the tamales ( nothing like mexican tamales ) and pupusas, is painstaking and time consuming....as many el salvadorians restaurants as there are in los angeles, few if any, make them the way they're made in the homes of those whose tradition it is, to go through this social event....having said that....the pupusas are fairly good here....like many latin restaurants, they tend to cook everything OVER-WELL.... the puree beens are good......the service is fair to good here ...but they dont let you switch much on the menu....the place is clean and now they've added a bar... 4 is probably a bit too high, I actually say 3-1/2 is closer to right...
No cut rolls here. To be honest, I'm not even sure what the menu looks like. I always get omakase (chef's choice), and there are only two choices: American or Japanese. The Japanese version is a little bit more out there (ie. sea urchin, abalone, etc). Both are good, and I mix it up. The last dish they usually bring you is the blue crab handroll. Hard for me to say what my favorites are, but the handroll would rank up there. Sometimes, I'll get an extra. Rice is a little fluffier and warm. Some may find it strange but I like it. Omakase generally runs $50 - $70 per person, without drinks. You can park on the street if you're lucky, otherwise there is a parking structure underneath the building (validated). Used to be that you needed reservations, but it didn't seem too bad the last couple of times I visited.
This is probably one of the best sushi places in LA. This isn't your California roll sushi places, which is a really nice change of pace. If you can, definitely try the Omakase (Japanese or regular). It'll definitely be more $$, but the fish selection is so good. I'll just say this, I haven't had such good fresh tasting sushi in a while. Of course I haven't tried some of the higher end and more $$$ places around town, but to those who are thinking about spending a bit more on on much better sushi without breaking the bank, I'd recommend this place. Small problem with this location, which I guess is true for most places near the west side... is parking. I don't remember seeing a parking lot for this place, but there's plenty of street parking in the adjacent streets or the nearby neighborhood.
LOVE Katsuya! My first time at this location, and I enjoyed every second of it! The female server was super friendly and helpful to me and my two friends. I'm really into Japanese culture and art, so my favorite part of the decor was the giant wall art of the geisha lips and eyes, so striking and I couldn't stop staring at them! The cocktail I had was delicious; I got the Kiwi Envy since I love gin. It was refreshing and strong, and the kiwi flavor was an interesting [yet totally pleasant] touch. I ordered the Rock Shrimp Tempura Roll... SO tasty! Even though it was a little difficult to fit the whole thing in my mouth all at once, I admit I cheated with a couple pieces and ate the shrimp separately. All in all a great experience! I will definitely come back!