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First taste: Yamato Westwood


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First taste: Yamato Westwood

J.L. | Dec 15, 2007 12:44 AM

The space that Eurochow used to occupy in Westwood has undergone extensive renovation, and has re-opened as Yamato Westwood. We tried it last Thursday night for the first time (on the corporate account). I hear Yamato is a chain, but I've never tried their other locations before.

First, the management did a great job with the renovation. It is a very attractive space, with upstair and downstair seating. When one first walks in, the long sushi bar is on the right. There is a really cool looking sake display in the front, and the manager and hostess both greeted us warmly. The place was mostly empty at 7:30PM. Hot tea came quickly after we were seated in an upstairs booth (which we opted for, for a nice commanding view of the place).

The menu consisted of sushi, rolls, salads, and many izakaya-portioned cold and hot foods. Very reasonable priced. The seafood croquettes were a big hit. The spicy tuna on crispy rice was a "near-hit" (Koi's is better, which is about the only thing Koi does well). The miso cod is as good as any in town. The buta kakuni (pork stew) is outstanding. The Yu-Dofu (fresh tofu) was indeed fresh as can be.

Maguro sashimi was fresh and well-cut, well-presented.

Desserts: Ginger creme brulee, molten chocolate cake - both good, but not great.

Overall grade: B+ I'd definitely go back. I hope they get busier (and even better).

Yamato Westwood
1099 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.208-0100 (phone)
310.208.0300 (fax)
Parking: Valet or street (metered) or the Broxton public lot in Westwood

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