We'll be coming out to LA in early June to take mother-in-law out for her 70th. She was born and raised in Japan, though she has lived in Torrance for a long time now. The issue is this: we would like to take her out someplace high-end that she would ordinarily never go on her own and our thought was Matsuhisa.
Unfortunately, she dislikes travelling on the freeways and travelling after dark. Which means, if we can even convince her to go to Beverly Hills, we'll be eating at some crazy hour, like 5 pm. So, the question arises: is there something closer to Torrance that is, perhaps, not equally high-end, but would nevertheless be a treat? It need not be in Torrance or Gardena, but the (relatively) closer to home, the easier it will be to convince her to go.
Also: if we end up at Matsuhisa, does anyone have recent experience with omakase dinners there? (Yes, I have searched and found no recent posts). Thanks for all your help.