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218 N Rodeo Dr,
Tel: +1 3102478939
When Masa Takayama closed the doors of Ginza-Sushi ko to head for New York, Beverley Hills’ residents could have been forgiven for thinking they’d lost one of the finest sushi establishments in the Unuted States. But Masa’s loss is LA’s gain as his protégé Hiro Urasawa has stepped out into the limelight and taken his place on the pedestal of fine Sushi artists. Dipping ones head under the indogo curtains that screen the doorway guests are seated at a nightly-sanded white-blond maple counter. Attentive servers pass diners steaming towels in preparation for the feast that follows. The place is tiny, just 10 seats and a couple of tables meaning that the chef and servers are totally devoted to the lucky few who are presented with the intricate seasonal dishes and traditional sushi that’s served. The sushi, as always, is exceptional. How can it not be? The quality of the fish he lays in, from the same sources Masa used, guarantees it. As fine as the sushi is though, it's Urasawa's kaiseki dishes that linger; square of pork belly braised for eight or nine hours until it's falling-apart tender, with a jelly-like consistency and a haunting, sweet flavour or a dish of steamed abalone and okra mixed with a thick sesame paste and a tiny, black crunchy vegetable mark a removal from run of the mill sushi haunts, combining Japanese styles with great aplomb. Be warned however that after sampling Urasawa’s food, sushi not served from the best institutions on the world will never appease you again.
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