Friend was in town, and I was trying to figure out where to go. Randomly decided to do a search on Tock using the $$$$ filter and the only two options were this and Commis. Was a bit surprised to see a seemingly-legit omakase place that I hadn’t seen mentioned anywhere before, particularly this far out, but pictures looked good and there weren’t any real red flags, so decided to take a chance on it.
Snow Crab Sunomono
Crab was ok, seaweed & cucumber were very good.
With a lot of other stuff in there (small shrimp, scallop, edamame, ginko nut, mitsuba, etc). Pretty cohesive despite the variety. Solid.
Great cut of fish.
Supplements (i.e. bonus rounds!)
Back to the regular menu…
Jasmine Tea Jello with Cheese Cream & Tempura Flakes
Really surprisingly good. I’m not big on either of the constituent parts, but the jasmine was quite subtle and the cheese cream had the right balance of sweet & savory without totally overwhelming the jasmine. The tempura flakes stayed impressively crunchy and didn’t get soggy.
Highlights from the nigiri:
Engawa (the winner of the night)
Overall thoughts? The baseline menu is a steal at at $105/head. It’s not a ton of food but the chawanmushi pulls its weight so light eaters might not be hungry by the end (or just grab a snack an hour ahead of time, since there are two(?) seatings a night and the second is at 8:00). The supplements seem oddly overpriced compared to the pricing implied by the regular menu - I managed to nearly double my bill with an additional 6 pieces? But I’d be happy to skip some of them next time (including the akamutsu) and you’d still have a hard time doing better at or under the $150 price point in LA. Reservations are plentiful.