I am fond of Wa Sushi on La Cienega. I think they are still struggling but they are working very, very hard.
Many of the dishes are innovative and excellent. They have a very well thought out approach to fusion. I especially like their composed sashimi, ceviche, and ponzu jelly garnished items.
The was the first time we had omakase at the restaurant, although many of my previous choices were a modified chef's choice. Bill for three, $60 per person plus sake and beer.
Next time I will request less food. My MIL was beginning to look frightened. I would have happily lumbered into a wheelbarrow and been pushed to my car.
Oyster Martini: Two oysters served in their own liquor with ponzu jelly, pickled seaweed, and kiwi. Briny, tart, sweet with in number of sexy, soft, tangled textures. A triumph. My favorite course.
Sashimi: Three thick pieces of tuna treated with a blowtorch, green onion, pink peppercorn, and a soy citrus sauce
Three types of fried items: Shrimp "egg roll" garnished with a lush tomato salsa. Thicker whitefish wrapped in shiso leaf, tempura-style. Fresh bamboo tempura. Served with salt and ponzu.
Nigiri Sushi: one piece each of Giant Clam, Fatty Salmon, Seared Albacore, especially delicious Uni, Mackerel. All very fresh.
Miso-based soup served in a small iron tea pot with a small cup and a sliver of lime. Sip soup and pick at the delights in the pot: shrimp, halibut, shitake mushroom, and what I believe was a delightful hard boiled quail egg.
A large portion of sea bass and eggplant in a sweet, sticky miso glaze. Rich, unctuous textures. A little sweet for my taste.
Choice of dessert: fallen chocolate soufflé cake, green tea flan (excellent), and perhaps the wisest choice, a pear poached in red wine and star anise.
Very happy crowd.
Next up: Jewish Christmas Report: Lunch at Spago