Friday, November 10, 2023

Asuka@Westwood ★★★

Omakase under $100. In Westwood since 1974 but my first visit. Pre-pandemic pricing. Very friendly environment. Itamae Head Chef Ken Yamamoto was from The Hump at Santa Monica Airport (along with Shunji-san now at Shunji, and Yama-san now at Yamakase). Owner Vincent-san was totally chill. Kaiseki Course $110. Asuka Special Omakase Sushi Course $85. Hot tea $4. Metered parking on street (free after 8pm and on Sundays). Reservation via OpenTable.

Kaiseki Course ($110): Appetizer: Oyster, Seared Scallop, & Shrimp w/ Caviar

Asuka Sushi Omakase ($85): Edamame Tofu

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Kinmedai (Golden Eye Snapper)

Kaiseki Course: Chef's Choice Sashimi: Otoro (Fatty Tuna), Akami (Tuna Lean Part), Albacore

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Hotate (Scallop)

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Asuka Sushi Omakase: Toro

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Tai (Snapper)

Kaiseki Course: Mushimono: Crab Chawanmushi

Asuka Sushi Omakase: King Salmon

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Kanpachi (Amber Jack)

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Seared Otoro

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Unagi from Japan (never frozen)

Kaiseki Course: Yakimono: Grilled Gindara (Black Cod) with white & red miso sauce

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Uni & Ikura

Kaiseki Course: 5pcs Chef's Choice Sushi: Toro, Tai (Snapper), Kinmedai (Golden Eye Snapper), Seared Otoro, Unagi from Japan (never frozen)

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Toro Takuan Hand Roll w/ Shiso Leaf

Asuka Sushi Omakase: Miso Soup

Kaiseki Course: Miso Soup w/ Clams

Seared Toro Hand Roll w/ Shiso Leaf $16 (add-on)

Kaiseki Course: Toro Takuan Hand Roll w/ Shiso Leaf

Yuzu Sorbet $6 (add-on)

Kaiseki Course: Green Tea Tiramisu

Kaiseki Course: Green Tea Tiramisu

Left: Head Chef Ken Yamamoto, Right: Owner Vincent-san

1553 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(424) 832-7284

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