Laurel Street Cafe is gone as the owners decided to move back to France. I miss that crepe shop already.
Currently in its place is a brand new Japanese restaurant, and very Japanese looking at that.
I dropped by earlier this afternoon to take a peek. They were not open yet but the door was opened and I was allowed to check out the menu and take a look inside.
A few random notes
- open for dinner only
- menu changes every 2 weeks
- decor and design are very Japanese. Had a semi Zen feel to it, similar to a nice high end place in Tokyo, and some of it felt very spa like.
- Mostly counter seats with a view of an open kitchen (a la Wakuriya)
- they have a raw fish counter, but I did not see anything on the menu that had anything to do with sushi. They had thinly sliced abalone, white fish sashimi, kohada oboro something
- My memory is a bit hazy from studying the menu, but it suggested hints of Wakuriya style perhaps Kappo dining with a bit of Kappa kind of ko-ryori. I didn't ask the manager in charge (okami-san, dressed in kimono who obviously is Japanese. Madai no saikyozuke yaki (sea bream marinated in saikyo miso (kyoto style) and grilled.
These notes should dispel the notion is it just another typical Japanese place. So may be worth checking out for those who are into Kaygetsu, Wakuriya, Kappo Nami Nami, Kappa (SF) and/or adventurous about regional Japanese cuisine beyond the teriyakis tempuras sushis udons sobas etc..