Located 2 blocks south of Wilshire on the west side of La Brea is the Sake House (across the street from Unami Burger).
Sake House can best be described as a Sushi joint--Japanese Tapas -- Yakitori place all rolled up in one . I have been going there for a few years now, but decided, after a very strong meal that I will give it a review
Service: B+ (they seemed to add an extra staff member or two and it a real difference)
Would I go back?: of course
Full Menu: http://www.sakehousemiro.com/menu-f.htm
What we ate:
Started with Japanese Tapas - nothing too unique but tasty...
Sweet Snow Crab Tempura (A-) $6.95
Always a tasty treat which blends shredded sweet crab inside a savory tempura with the flavors held together with a piece of shiso in each bite. Portion was generous this time (last time it felt like it was a smaller plate
Tuna Sashimi Tartare with Quail Egg (B) $7.95
A fairly common dish -- the biggest difference is the tuna is heavily bathed in a sweet soy sauce with very finely shredded cucumber sitting below. Usually comes with a quail egg on top but girlfriend doesn't like it so we left it off. I have to say this dish has always been hit or miss usually depending on the quality of the tuna -- it wasn't perfect tonight
Fried Mochi Cheese (A-) $6.95
Mozzarella cheese is fried in a mochi crust. I have to say it was really tasty tonight -- I think the reason was the cheese was perfectly cooked through out and even had that nice browned edge. It reminded me of greek saganaki minus the flames and the dancing greeks in the corner of the restaurant.
Mini Ikura Bowl $4.95 (A-)
Always love these suckers. Ikura Salmon eggs sit over a small bowl of rice with shredded seaweed in light soy. I usually order Ikura sushi pieces but maybe because i am always worried the eggs will fall all over the place, i like the idea of the mini bowl.
Mini Uni Bowl $4.95 (B-)
Similar to the Ikura, but with Uni. Uni was OK, but like the Tuna Tartare above this dish can also swing from an A to B- level on a given night
Red Dragon Roll $9.95 (A-)
First time I had this -- really tasty and one of the better sushi rolls I have had in awhile at any restaurant. Sweet crab inside with cucumber wrapped in sushi with spicy tuna on outsude with crispy onions. Japanese mayo drizzled on top.
Spicy Tuna w/ Crisy Rice $4.95 (B-)
Bit disappointing tonight. Spicy tuna was good, the base was a rice krispy fried cracker
Bonchiri (Chicken Tail) $4.75 2 pieces (A-)
After coming to sake house for a couple of years I just recently discovered that they served Yakatori. The chicken tail was tasty - it had that chew-fatty-white meat consistency that worked. My girlfriend ask what part of the chicken it was - I wasn't really sure so i made something up.
Ton-Toro (Pork Jowl) $4.75 2 pieces (B+)
think bacon meets pork belly meets a pork chop on a stick. Actually think of that half-inch layer of fat on the outer edge of a pork chop - cut that off with a half an inch of meat ad cube it up -- that is what was on those skewers - nice.
Gyu (short rib) $4.75 2 pieces (B)
I felt this was good, just nothing outrageously special.
Pineapple Soju (B+)
Soju with Plum Soda (B-) I expected it to be a bit sweeter, but it tasted more like a red bull and vodka.
On Friday and Saturday nights the place gets crowded after 8PM - so plan to wait a bit. Also, expect dishes to come out as soon as they are ready - so if you don't want all of your dishes at once order in stages
Thinking back at the dishes tonight - I think the key was temperature-- from the tapas to the sushi everything was served at the proper degree - something i have found lacking at other sushi establishments
Sake House Miro
809 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036