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Great Omakase dinner at Atch Kotch in Hollywood

Sonia | Aug 16, 200312:33 AM

I was in there solo earlier in the week for lunch having ramen in miso broth (excellent, firm noodles in a delicious, not too salty broth). The gentleman sitting next to me exchanged a few friendly words with the owners, and the next thing I knew, they were bringing out plate after plate of delicious looking food. I kept looking over to his side, drooling and wondering what he had ordered. Finally I couldn't stand it anymore and asked what he was eating. The owner, Yoshi, who was standing nearby replied, "He can't read the menu so I just bring him leftovers." (with a wink and a smile) "Yeah, he brings me road kill and stuff he picks under the bridge," he replied.

So I went back, this time with my hubby, for some road kill and bridge stuff.

When we ordered the omakase dinner, the waitress sent over Yoshi. He asked what we liked, what we disliked, etc. and went to work. This is what we ate:

Eggplant in mustard sauce – a heaping portion of steamed eggplant in mustard sauce. I loved the parts that were on top with just a hint of sauce. I could really taste the eggplant, which was excellent and cooked just right. The bottom part was swimming in the sauce and was too salty, especially since eggplant is so absorbent. The hubby didn't like it, but he doesn't like eggplant anyway.

Asparagus in oyster sauce – About a dozen stalks of baby asparagus (I'm guessing steamed or blanched) in a delicious sauce. One of our favorites. These disappeared very quickly.

Japanese sweet peppers – these were called "shishiki," or something like that. Mild, wrinkled peppers tossed in a soy sauce based sauce. Good, but nothing terribly exciting.

Tomatoes in mustard sauce – braised tomato slices in the same or similar sauce as the eggplant. Surprisingly good. Great, actually.

Chicken frittata looking thing – this was my husband's favorite dish. Chunks of dark meat chicken mixed with green onions and pan fried in egg batter. It looked like something mom would have made with leftovers and really did look a bit like road kill, but was surprisingly delicious. I think the chicken was marinated in teriyaki sauce because it had just a hint of sweetness to it. Despite its appearance, I could taste each ingredient very distinctly. This, no joke, probably was made with leftover teriyaki chicken, but hell, it was good.

Steak with dipping sauce – tender slices of steak, cooked medium, with a soy-based dipping sauce with mustard.

Soft-shell crab over chop suey – lightly battered and deep-fried to perfection, and served over Chinese style sweet and sour mélange of vegetables. Man, did I savor every bite of this dish. I could have an entire meal of this stuff.

We also each got a bowl of rice.

Dessert was fresh lychees (in skins) on a bed of ice. A refreshing end to a great meal. Not bad for road kill. Not bad at all. When we were done, Yoshi said, "I have lots more leftovers for next time."

On the menu, omakase is listed at $15 and up. Ours came to $50 for 2.

For a Friday evening, it was slow-—only 3-4 other tables were occupied, mostly by lone diners. Lunch was more brisk.

Atch Kotch, SW corner of Fountain and Vine

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