Many have speculated that California is falling into the ocean, but if that means we're a little bit closer to the tuna, salmon, and yellowtail that grace Japan's fish markets, then we're all for moving west. Reap the bounty of the Pacific Ocean at R23 with a seven-course dinner for two, including alcoholic drinks ($69).
Located a few blocks east of Little Tokyo, the dining room of this former railroad loading dock features furniture by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, setting the scene for plates that are just as elegantly orchestrated. Kick off your meal with chef-selected sake shots, and later, you can pick a glass of house wine or pint of draft beer to wash down your six dishes and dessert.
Your dining experience will begin with a cup of akadashi soup, made with tofu, nameko mushrooms, and a broth that gets its sanguine color from a touch of red miso paste. Next up is a half order of the house's famous Dungeness crab salad, which earned praise from the Los Angeles Times: Peppery mizuna greens are accompanied by soft lump crab and balanced by endive, radicchio, and slices of Japanese mountain yam—all drizzled with a yuzu-infused dressing.
Then, share an order of grilled black cod marinated in sweet miso; crispy rice cakes topped with spicy tuna, avocado, and a wasabi-charged tartar sauce; a tempura-battered wrap filled with spicy tuna, crab, avocado, and asparagus; and your choice of seared albacore sashimi or a DTG double tuna roll. For the finale, spoon up mochi, ice cream wrapped in a rice-based dough. The San Andreas Fault might have something to say about the nipponization of the Golden State, but if it means eating this well? We'll take the bait—hook, line, and sinker.
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Seven-Course Dinner for Two with Sake and House Wine or Draft Beer
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