I must sing the praises of Ubon, Nobu Matsuhisa's casual noodle-house in the Bev. Center. Usually I go there for a satisfying bowl of soba or udon (it is far superior too and much less crowded than the ultra-hip Mishima down the street), but on Sunday night we went just for the small dishes and had a tapas-style meal, which was excellent.
Among the best things we had were the sashimi salad (spring mix with seared ahi); yellow tail sashimi with jalapeno and cilantro; agadashi tofu (great, crispy-crusted tofu in benito broth); fried tofu and eggplant (in a Chinese style sweet and spicy sauce); assorted tempura, unagi rolls (very generous chuncks of grilled eel), sauteed asian mushrooms (sauteed only in butter); ceviche (scallop, shrimp and allegedly crab but I didn't see any); a rock shrimp in lime juice dish, wrapped in Boston lettuce; a soft shell crab appetizer with Ponzu sauce
Not as spectacular but still good were duck on a sizzling platter; spicy tuna rolls, shrimp tempura rolls and soft-shelled crab rolls.
We finished off with the LA Bento box, a warm chocolate cake (with liquid center) with white chocolate/shiso sauce and a scoop vanilla ice cream. One of the best warm chocolate cakes I've had.
What a great dining experience.
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