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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Tofu Ya on Sawtelle is one of the best options for Korean food in West LA. Try a sundubu combo.
Hit Korean Super on Sawtelle Blvd. for sandwiches, ramen, and rice bowls that make for a good takeaway lunch.
Yakitoriya is an izakaya on Sawtelle Blvd. Come here often enough and they'll reward you with more adventurous menu offerings.
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Piccalilli in Culver City combines Asian cuisines with low country flavors - with mixed results.
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In a town that certainly knows its sushi, Sushi Park in West Hollywood is operating on a completely different level.
Matsuhisa is the Beverly Hills restaurant that launched the Nobu empire, and there’s no sushi place that feels more LA.
A meal at Beverly Hills’ Urasawa is one of the most expensive in the country, but the omakase is a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
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