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?
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 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
It was from 2014, but I finally got around to watching "Foodies: The Culinary Jet Set" on Netflix. It told the story of the influential subculture of elite foodie bloggers by honing in on the backstories of six very diverse bloggers from different parts of the world. What struck me as I watched the interviews … Continue reading Foodie Blogger Documentary That Gives Us All A Bad Name
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
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
November 15th, 2014 Should be Michelin Rated. Someday. Amazing popup- Xian Wei. Chinese Food in high style. Super creative and special. Young Chef Luther Chen is a remarkable talent that is going places. Do not miss!
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
Top 50 Restaurants in the World, but no Michelin Star Friday, September 5, 2014 Remarkable foodie pilgrimage in the middle of the Guadalupe Valley. Completely local and sustainable and delicious! Amazing 8 course lunch, very worth it. Inspired, creative cuisine all locally sourced. Beautiful restaurant, great service.
3 Star Michelin June 1st, 2014 Nihon Ryori Ryugin - 3 star Michelin, #33 on top 50 restaurants in the world. Finally, I am happy to report that this time, I agree.🙂 This was definitely by far our best meal of the trip. In common with the other Kaiseki dinners we had, their approach … Continue reading Nihon Ryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
1 Star Michelin May 30th, 2014 Thoughts on the Michelin-starred and well-renowned yakitori restaurant Birdland- located next to Jiro. I was very curious to see how a michelin rating would elevate typically humble pub food. Certainly I appreciated the lack of smoke and the beautiful (kirei) atmosphere. The chicken is of gve highest quality. All … Continue reading Birdland, Tokyo, Japan
1 Star Michelin May 28th, 2014 Unique Eel restaurant experience at Michelin-starred Nodaiwa. Many interpretations of eel, some we loved, some merely interesting. One cultural note: a big deal was made over the fact they use "natural" (wild) eel which is sustainable but rare due to the cost, but the soup contains shark fin. Jiro … Continue reading Nodaiwa, Tokyo, Japan
3 Star Michelin May 27th ,2014 Had fancy tempura dinner at the highly rated Tenichi Ginza Honten, the same place where Clinton, Sinatra, and other famous people went who were scared of raw fish. It was certainly tasty but very expensive. But i was surprised that they used the same oil blend and same tempura … Continue reading Tenichi Ginza Honten, Tokyo, Japan
May 26th 2014 Amazing Kaiseki dining at Takazawa. Chef Takazawa deliberately shuns Michelin ratings. I have no doubt if he let them rate him he would be a 2 or 3 star. His wife manages the front of the house alone. Max seating is 10. We likes this restaurant much better than Narisawa. Some modern … Continue reading Takazawa, Tokyo, Japan
1 Michelin Star May 24th, 2014 Select photos from Ginza Kyubey. So many people referred us here as the best sushi bargain - high quality low prices if you go for lunch. We each chose a midrange price set- scot got all sushi, mine included sashimi and sone other appetizers. It was very good. It … Continue reading Ginza Kyubey, Tokyo, Japan
3 Star Michelin May 21, 2014 So we tried the legendary Narisawa- one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. All I can say is you should thank us for taking another bullet for you guys. Crazy expensive. I get why it is 3 Michelin. The service and ambiance are classic french. The food … Continue reading Les Créations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
1 Michelin Star May 19th, 2014 Last night tried a place recommended to us by yoshi-San of Mori sushi. ( chef was his teacher) A tiny tiny place w only 8 seats. 1 Michelin star. Major contrast vs Kaneska- similar fish but so much more intricate seasonings and flavors. Omakase was more Kaiseki than sushi. … Continue reading Kuwano Sushi, Tokyo, Japan
1 Michelin Star May 19th, 2014 Considered one of the top 20 restaurants in Tokyo, Tofuya Ukai is part restaurant and part Zen garden. Truly one of the most peaceful and leisurely meals we have ever enjoyed. Loved the subtle flavors and precise preparations. It was a nice change after eating so many heavy meals. … Continue reading Tofuya Ukai, Tokyo, Japan
Two-Star Michelin May 18th, 2014 Our first two star Michelin sushi restaurant. Honestly I was quite confused when I heard a sushi place could be considered two Michelin stars. But we were impressed. Was it more expensive than top places in LA? Yes except for urasawa. Was it better? Hmmm. The place only seats 10. … Continue reading Sushi Kanesaka, Ginza, (Tokyo) Japan
Feb 8th, 2014 Simply extraordinary. I have never had Edomae sushi this authentic and this good before. Chef Hiro-San and his staff are gracious, engaging, and a delight. Each piece of sushi was carefully prepared and presented as a special treasure. Chef Hiro-San welcomed and appreciated our feedback on each piece. Each piece of fish … Continue reading Q Sushi, Los Angeles, CA