Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›
Restaurants & Bars

Yabu

Jeff Shore | Apr 26, 2002 12:48 PM

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...)

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound