Went to Yatai on Sunset tonight (Sunday night)...this Asian "small plates" restaurant is a gem.
This was our third visit to Yatai (On Sunset, just west of La Cienega...My girlfriend and I are stunned that more people aren't talking about this place...GREAT value, nice venue, friendly service, and most of all, GREAT food.
On their website right now is a 20% off coupon for parties up to four (Sunday through Thursday)...check out www.yatai-bar.com
Tonight, we had three soju cocktails (one pineapple, one grapefruit, and one "mojito"), as well as one beer and one hot and one iced tea...then the food:
Albacore sashimi with crispy onions and ponzu-My absolute favorite sashimi is albacore, and Yatai does it better than anyone.
Kimchi-We love it...just a nice little spicy dish...we fought over the last couple of pieces.
Agadashi Tofu-Yes, I probably spelled it wrong, but it tasted just wonderful! Kind of a tempura tofu with a savory broth.
Sauteed Kurobuta pork with kimchi-maybe my favorite of the night. Just spicy enough, but the flavors worked together in a way I hadn't expected...
Octopus Balls-My least favorite of the night, but tasty, nonetheless. I had never had this dish before, but what it amounted to was fried balls of mashed potatoes with bits of octopus. I might not order this again, but it wasn't bad, and why order something that isn't great?
Chili cream soft shell crab-Unbelievable! Ok, I take back what i said earlier...THIS was my favorite dish of the night! Crispy and hot tempura soft shell crab, tossed with a chili cream sauce and served with greens and a spicy aioli. Soft Shell Crab is "must order" for me at any restaurant, be it sushi or otherwise, and this one takes the cake!
The total for everything was $62, minus 20%, which made it $50. Plus a $13 tip, and we had an OUTSTANDING meal, cocktails, soft drinks, and great service, in Hollywood, for $63.
This restaurant seems to be busy on Fridays and Saturdays, but on Sundays, the place is yours! Free parking in the shopping center next door, too.
www.yatai-bar.com has the 20% off coupon.
8535 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90069