Had an excellent dinner at Yabu on Pico last night. We've never been big Japanese food fans, until now. Tried a sampling of dishes:
-- Vegetable tempura: delicate, unusual vegetables (pumpkin? leaves?)
-- Broiled cod: perhaps a bit strange for us, very pungent, almost cheese like. Good, but I felt like it needed a bagel to go with it.
-- Sauteed spinach: very distinctive, very good.
-- Julienned burdock in soy sauce: hands down favorite. Burdock, I learned last night, is a root vegetable. As prepared, it had a smoky, almost meaty flavor to it, extremely savory. I probably could have gone through about three bowls of this myself.
-- Egg cake
-- Buckwheat soba noodles with sweet tofu
The "we're-going-back-soon" highlights were the vegetables. Yabu has an amazing touch with the veggies -- next time, we'll probably just order the entire section. Our Singapore born friend was more than impressed as well.
(Side note: I never cease to be amazed at how much can be done with soy based products. Miso, soy sauce, tofu, etc...)