Got to try out this place, HOKUSAI, the other night, located in the spot where The Continental used to be on Wilshire.
The place looks much different. It's dark and has very modern, urban feel to it. Sort of like a cross between the spartan interior of R23 and the swank sort of vibe that e3d Steakhouse tries to achieve.
The food is supposed to be Japanese-French fusion, but to me it was more "just" Japanese than anything else. Couldn't really see, nor taste, any French influence in the dishes.
We didn't bother with the menus, just went ahead and had quasi-omasake chef's tasting menu. 8 courses total if I recall correctly.
Some items of note:
a cucumber mozuku salmon roe salad
waygu beef wrapped around asparagus tips
various sashimi courses, some infused with champagne I think (was this the French influence?) monk fish liver
Every thing was pretty good, not great. Fish was fresh. Presentation was lovely.
Servers were very friendly, and if I'm not mistaken, one was actually hitting on my dinner companion ...
I didn't pay, but my guess was that bill (before alcohol) was probably around 200.
8400 Wilshire Blvd
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