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Restaurants, Japanese Westside
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Time Out says

Yamakse is invitation-only, but before you stomp your feet in protest, know this: you can simply request an invitation on their website. Once accepted, an omakase experience unlike any other in Los Angeles awaits. Chef and owner Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, a surprisingly jolly Yama-san, has a storied past. He is the chef of the highly-praised Santa Monica Airport restaurant, the Hump, which closed after serving illegal Sei whale. This time around, though, he's playing by the rules. Behind the eight-seat sushi bar, Yama skillfully prepares course after course (sometimes over 20): jamón Iberico topped with Osetra caviar, orange clam with shiso, chawamushi with truffle butter, tenderloin steak with matsutake mushrooms, neatly cubed jellyfish presented in a soup spoon of cold sesame broth and a tomato wedge—chewy, slippery, cool, refreshing and absolutely delicious. There’s no corkage fee, so diners generally bring their own bottles of wine and sake (and they usually share with the chef). But for those that don't BYO, there’s beer and sake by the glass or bottle.

By: Olive Ashmore



Address: 11678 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles
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3 out of 5 stars

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1 of 2 found helpful

Regardless of how good the food may be I find it somewhat distasteful that you are so effusive about a man who violated the law by serving endangered species to his customers.

Easily the best Japanese culinary experience in LA right now. New location just as good as the old. 

0 of 1 found helpful

I agree Nick, the fact that he's even on any "best of" list is an error in judgment. Sei Whales wouldn't appreciate it, nor should we. No-go.