Wednesday, May 11, 2022

BAKE Cheese Tart@Century City ★★★

Japanese Cheesecake in a Tart. Originally from Hokkaido. Tart was soft and moist. Love the Green Tea flavor. Thanks to Yelp Elite Perk, I got to sample a box that comes with 6 pieces of a variety of cheese tarts for free, even included a nice insulated bag from Yelp. Can be eaten cold, frozen, or heated up. They are $3.50 each. The store could be a bit hard to find, so use the freestanding directory in the mall.

Also, I finally archived Yelp Elite Black status this year, after being a Yelp Elite for 10 years! The journey sounds long, but it happened with a blink of an eye!

On 2nd floor between Aldo and Eataly, closer to Aldo.

BAKE Cheese Tart
10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(424) 566-8767

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Angotei@Costa Mesa ★

Decent Sushi with Reasonable Price. $34 is a good price for sushi dinner. Fish is just not as fresh, but it doesn't bug me. Sushi bar is a nice experience. Hot green tea is $2.50 per person. Go early for walk-in. Free parking at lot.

Sushi Ango Dinner $39

Suijin Sake (300 mL) $22.50

Suijin Sake (300 mL) $22.50

Amebi with Miso Soup (add $2)

Fried Amebi Head

Ikura Sushi (Salmon Roe) $7

Masago with Uzura (Smelt Egg with Quail Egg)

Tai Sushi (Seabream) $7

675 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
(714) 557-2696

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

David Nguyen@JACCC Rising Chef Series with Suntory ★★★

Fun Vietnamese Fusion Pop-Up with Stories behind Each Dish. Dishes inspired by Chef David Nguyen's stories about growing up in Vietnam and US. Love the personal touch. He's from French Laundry and Club 33. We figured out that we crossed path at Club 33 in 2014 when he started training there, then he was working at French Laundry when we went in 2017. Flavors and ingredient choice were perfect. Partnered with Suntory, included vodka & whiskey wine pairing. Alcohol on the stronger side, which was fun. $180 + $12.59 fee per person. Tax and tips included. Sold out event. Free parking at structure.

Kusshi Oyster with Habanero Passion Fruit Juice
paired with Habanero Highball

Suntory Haku Vodka
Event Partnered with Suntory

Welcome Martini Drink

A magical plant chef pulls fresh ingredients from

Habanero Highball (Whisky)

Asparagus Crab Soup

Grilled Filet Mignon with Watercress Salad
paired with Hibiki Harmony (Whiskey)

Ginger Scallion Lobster with Garlic Noodles

Creme Caramel with Vietnamese Iced Coffee
paired with Vietnamese Espresso Martini

Vietnamese Espresso Martini

Rising Chef Series: Week 1
Davidd Nguyen May 3-4, 2022
Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Center
244 S. San Pedro St,
Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sushi Kaneyoshi@Little Tokyo ★★★

Fantastic Omakase Sushi with the best ingredients. Yoshi-san is from Yokohama. He's from Michelin star restaurants and is super friendly. Reservation via Tock. $300 per person. Corkage fee is $50. Better deal to order sake bottle from them. Location is very tricky. Be sure to read and follow instructions from Tock.

Aji (Spanish Mackerel) from Japan

Pacquiao Fish with Yuzu and Salt

Toko "Sunrise" Junmai Ginjo $80
Polishing ratio: 55% Light & Sweet

Japanese Sardine with ginger and chives

Chawanmushi with Japanese Hairy Crab and Fresh Seaweed

Smoked Chu Toro with Onion and Ponzu Sauce

Blue Fin Tuna Smoked with Sakura Chips

Ankimo (Monkfish Liver)

Baby Eel with Daishi Sauce and Egg

Baby Red Snapper Marinated with Sakura Leaf

Kuromutsu (Black Perch)

Hotate (Scallop) Maki from Japan

Hotate (Scallop) Maki from Japan

Yellowtail Buri

Amaebi from Hokkaido

Wild Blu Fin Tuna, soy sauce marinated

Dry Aged (10 days) Otoro


Bafun Uni from Hokkaido (seawater)

Saltwater Uni from Miyagi and Bafun Uni from Hokkaido (seawater)


Toro Roll


Seaweed Soup


Sushi Kaneyoshi
111 S San Pedro St, Ste B1
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 277-2388