This tiny Japanese restaurant behind a nondescript storefront along Pico is frankly more of a myth than anything else, but if you’re able to somehow get in (you need to be invited by the chef himself or come with a friend who did), you’ll embark on a pretty ridiculous meal. It’s BYOB, but not in the rowdy kind of way. In the way that you need to show up with a really good bottle of wine to impress the chef, so he’ll be inclined to invite you back again. The meat-heavy menu is decided entirely by what the chef feels like cooking that night and runs about $300 per person.
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