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Restaurants & Bars

Yatai Asian Tapas in Hollywood

Dave and Stuff | Oct 25, 200601:53 AM     3

Went with the girlfriend to Yatai last night...It was our second time there, and I can't believe that everyone isn't talking about it.

This tiny dining room on Sunset is just west of La Cienega. Probably only seats 40 people. Very nicely decorated. Dark woods, and interesting Asian art.

We were greeted at the door by the hostess who remebered us from three weeks ago. The manager (owner?) also welcomed us back, and thanked us for the return visit.

We ordered two asian beers (one Tiger, one Sapporo), and started with Oysters on the half-shell. Simply prepared with a dash of soy and citrus. Fresh and perfect.

Then we moved on to Shiitake mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna and topped with pickled onions. This is our favorite dish, and we talked about it for a whole week after our first visit. This time it didn't disappoint.

Next up was charcoal grilled ribeye. This was the most expensive thing on the menu ($17), and well worth it. The charcoal gave it a beautiful flavor and the interactivity of cooking it at the table was fun.

Next we had albacore sashimi with crispy onions. Albacore is my favorite sashimi, and this was fresh and delicious and the flavor of the onions was a perfect match. I will definitely order this again.

Another round of beers, and then we finished with the pumpkin flan. The desserts are made in house, and as good as any I've had in LA.

This restaurant is a gem in Los Angeles.

4 beers, 4-5 plates and dessert for two: $72

Yatai Asian Tapas
8535 Sunset Blvd
310.289.0030
http://www.yatai-bar.com/

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