Friday, November 19, 2021

Naoe@Miami ★★★

Exquisite Kaiseki x Omakase Cuisine. Beautiful craftsmanship. Historic soy sauce & Sake came from Chef Kevin's family breweries founded in 1800's. Exceptional service. Wendy was amazing. We chatted about Japan, Japanese restaurants in LA & Miami during the 3.5 hours dinner and left the restaurant at 12:30am. Limited to 5 seats during pandemic. $280 per person plus 20% service charge. 5 mins walking from Mandarin Oriental.

Chef's Choice Shokado Bento

Oyster Soup

Nichiei "Glory of the Sun" Daiginjyo $170
from Nakamura Shuzou, Chef Kevin's family brewery in Ishikawa, founded in 1800's
50% Polished (very smooth) Yamadanishiki Rice
SMV +5, Acidity 1.6 (clean & dry), ABV 15-16%

Grilled Karasumi (Mullet Roe)

Oyster & Ankimo (Monkfish Liver)

Naoe Soy Sauce from Chef Kevin's family's breweries

Had the restaurant to ourselves

The only sign of the restaurant storefront is a business card

Wendy and Chef Kevin

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 947-6263

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Hayato@Little Tokyo ★★

Michelin Star Restaurant Hayato. Exquisite Kaiseki Cuisine carefully handcrafted. Various traditional cooking techniques used for the courses. It was 1 Michelin star when I went on 8/14, 2021, and they got the 2nd Michelin star a month after. Love the Karasumi Mullet Roe paired perfectly with sake. Impossible to book. 7 seats & 1 seating per night. Reservation was made on Tock at release time. Limited 2 people per party. After the meal, I asked how I could book again, they said, "Good luck". Service can be friendlier. $260 per person (2021 pricing; 2023 pricing is $350) plus 18% gratuity. Parking at the Row DTLA structure or street.

Sakizuke (Cold Appetizer) Charred Eggplant Soaked in Kombu Ginger Junsui topped w/ Torigai

Kakiyaki Tempura Brentwood Corn over Hokkaido Scallop

Sakizuke: Kinmedai

Shimeharitsuru "Jun" Junmai Ginjo $72

Shinogi - Anago Oshizushi with Salt & Wasabi

Suimono Owan Dungeness Crab Ball w/ Kani Miso & Japanese Baby Turnip

Straw Smoked Bonito with Myoga Ginger

Steamed Awabi (Abalone)

Seared & Fried Amadai from Kyoto w/ Scales in Dashi w/ Ginger & Tokyo Negi

Preserved Bafun Uni Simmered w/ Sake & Soy

Shabu Shabu Wagyu Beef

Karasumi (Mullet Roe)

Pickled Daikon & Vegetables

Miso Cod Marinated Kamameshi

Miso Cod Marinated Kamameshi

Tanaka Harry Strawberries w/ Kinako Infused Whipped Cream

Tanaka Harry Strawberries & White Apricot


1320 E 7th St Ste 126
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 395-0607