Needless to say, we loved Mako. Yes, the one on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. I can see why people say they want to keep this place hidden. We sat outside on the patio--it was such a nice balmy evening.
As per (chowhound) Leigh's advice, we asked about the salmon carpaccio. Fortunately, it was on the specials list, so we started with that. Fabulous unusual taste. They also had the Kurubota pork but my partner wasn't in the mood for it, but he did want:
Second dish: Peking duck mushu style. I think this was our favorite dish actually.
Third: I think we next tried the lamb osso buco. Very succulent, not esp. distinctive but very nice.
Then, per Chowhound advice: crispy oyster, again with a wonderful green mystery sauce. (I didn't ask about the sauces, the food was too good).
I know we also had the lobster--that was on the regular menu. And I'm probably leaving something out here. Mea culpa.
I had a lovely glass of Prosecco. He had a Merlot. We're not big drinkers.
For dessert we had a rhubarb/almond tart with a little scoop of vanilla. Not quite as tangy as I was expecting but very tasty.
The service was delightful. We had an utterly adorable, very hip young Japanese waitress from Kyoto who made us feel very much at home. I brought with me a printout of Leigh's wonderful long post of suggestions from last week in response to my request, and the waitress was so interested she took it back to the chef to see. Leigh, next time you go, tell him he read your post of favorites on May 6th! I bet he'l remember.
While we were there incidentally, there was another couple of visitors from Miami, also Chowhounders, who found the place through a search of the board. They were very pleased as well, tried the duck at our suggestion.
Sorry I'm not better at my descriptions. This is my first report. I cannot wait to go again, I should say.