A tiny new sake and wine bar on the grounds of Yamashiro in Hollywood, Kensho is one of the best new date spots in town - and the next place to come when you want to convince someone that you’re cooler than you actually are. You can order the entire menu for around $100, including dishes like a unique (and excellent) black cod with matcha and pickled mustard sauce, and burrata and tomatoes on sesame sourdough bread. But the best thing on the menu is the rice porridge, which involves egg, goat cheese, and dill, and tastes like that feeling of having a Labrador puppy in your lap. The staff will help you find the perfect sake to pair with your meal, and they aren’t stingy when it comes to pouring sample sips, either.
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