We ended up eating at Wakasan last night. The address is 1929 Westwood Blvd. It's close to UCLA. It was fun. The place is tiny, so call ahead for reservations. We walked in without one, and there was some conversation as to what to do with us. We were finally seated at the bar and told that it would be a tight squeeze. They really rushed us in and out of there, which was fine, because we were catching a performance at UCLA. The service was good.
As for the food, it was good. For those not familiar with the place, it's omakase only. There's no menu. You get 10-12 dishes for $30. I can't remember everything we got, but there were quite a few cold salads, one spinach, and one with squid that were both good. I think there was one other cold salad, but I can't rememeber now what it was. There was one warm root salad. There was a dish of bamboo shoots or something like that. Two pieces of grilled fish (I don't know what kind). And there was sushi (some kind of yellowtail, tuna and halibut). There was a dish of steamed daikon (which I love), with a piece of beef, steamed carrots, and noodle like things. There was also a piece of grilled salmon that was very good. The fried shrimp, the kind where you can eat the heads and all, was good. I'm probably missing a couple of dishes in there. Sorry. We were late, so we skipped out on dessert. It wasn't clear to me whether the dessert was included in the $30, but we didn't have time to stick around and find out.
All in all, we liked it. The food was solid, though not stellar, but it was fun, because you were curious as to what you were going to get next. By the way, they don't ask you for food restrictions, etc. I'm not sure if that's an option. We were stuffed, but we're small eaters. We will likely go back again. It's dinner only.
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