Shibumi: Does it Live up to the Hype?

I was apprehensive.  Lots of great reviews, yes, but the majority of Los Angeles Japanese Restaurants that get great reviews tend to be very pretty but with bad personalities.  And this one was run by a Gaijin.  Although...David Schlosser did study in Japan for 15 years. David Schlosser's experience includes great LA restaurants, but he … Continue reading Shibumi: Does it Live up to the Hype?

Jimbocho Den- Easily the best meal we had in Tokyo

Ever since Den was named one of the top 50 restaurants in the world (and one or two Michelin stars depending on timing) it became an impossible reservation to come by. I tried Amex, the hotel, etc and was told they had a rigid policy of requiring guests to call directly. I had also read … Continue reading Jimbocho Den- Easily the best meal we had in Tokyo

Saam – Cutting Edge Molecular Gastronomy in Los Angeles

Saam is a restaurant inside a restaurant, nestled in the deep recesses of Bazaar in the SLS Hotel.  Very prestigious, exclusive, and unique, I thought this Molecular Gastronomy extravaganza would make the perfect venue for my birthday.  Six of us went to enjoy the 25+ course tasting menu along with the "Jose's Experience" wine pairing, … Continue reading Saam – Cutting Edge Molecular Gastronomy in Los Angeles

Osechi Ryori at Shunji, Los Angeles, CA

Michelin-Rated But LA Discontinued Michelin Stars Jan 1st 2016: We had the most amazing dinner at Shunji -Japanese Cuisine-. Incredible Osechi Ryori New Year's Day extravaganza and wonderful people made for a truly remarkable and memorable evening. Yes, that is Yama-San at the next table.  Scot came to the rescue when he needed an old … Continue reading Osechi Ryori at Shunji, Los Angeles, CA

Yamakase – Over the Top Sushi Experience by Ex-Hump Chef, Los Angeles, CA

March 03, 2015 Over-the-Top Omakase dinner at Yamakase, the very exclusive sushi restaurant that required me to write a letter just to get a reservation. One seating, 9 people. The dinner was about 4 hours, a food marathon of over 24 courses. Yamakase is considered a Urasawa knockoff, and I can see why. Every ingredient … Continue reading Yamakase – Over the Top Sushi Experience by Ex-Hump Chef, Los Angeles, CA

Maude: 2 Dinners. Tomato and White Truffle, Los Angeles, CA

Like a Michelin, but not a Michelin September and November 2014 ..And then there's Maude. We are very excited to have a restaurant like this in LA, finally! The staff are truly professional, and many of them have cute Australian accents - I assume Curtis must have hand-picked them. The whole feel of the place … Continue reading Maude: 2 Dinners. Tomato and White Truffle, Los Angeles, CA