Yamashiro nearly faced demise, but new owners not only rescued this beloved LA icon but also have realized its full potential. Fresh fish is sourced daily, along with premium meats and seasonal items like Hokkaido scallops flown in from Japan.
Yamashiro Photo Gallery 10 A landmark restaurant set on the eastern edge of the Hollywood Hills, Yamashiro is renowned for its spectacular views over Los Angeles. The structure dates back towhen the wealthy Bernheimer brothers commissioned the construction of a suitable showcase for their extensive collection of Asian treasures.
The resultant building is a replica of a palace in the Yamashiro mountains near Kyoto, Japan. At the beginning of World War II, the building was clad in board and paint to disguise it from people who might want to damage such a conspicuous reminder of Japan, and used as a military school for boys.
When the war was over, the property was purchased by a builder, who added a second story and carved it up into 15 apartments. In Thomas O. Glover bought what was, by then, a fairly dilapidated structure, intending to flatten everything and redevelop the site. Just in time, he discovered the ornate woodwork and silk wallpaper hidden under layers of paint, and realized the building was too important to demolish.
The ensuing restoration took 20 years and resulted in the sublime structure we see today. Yamashiro became a restaurant in the s, but continues to benefit from ongoing improvements to the building and grounds.
Day or night, the views are incredible, although the nighttime ones are more romantic if you arrive at dusk you get the best of both worlds. Executive Chef Jason Park and Chef de Cuisine Brock Kleweno have devised a well-considered and award-winning menu of CalAsian cuisine that, if our recent visit is anything to go by, outshines other supposed five-star restaurants in the city.
From start to finish, our evening was a treat.
Yamashiro offers several distinct dining areas: Each space has its own particular ambience but all evoke a sense of opulent calm, a rare treat in hectic LA. Yamashiro appeals to all kinds of diners — small groups of friends, large parties celebrating special occasions, Japanese tourists, businessmen doing deals, and couples on romantic nights out.
After all, who can resist spending the evening in good company, with Los Angeles laid out like a shimmering carpet below? Be sure to look for the year-old pagoda, brought over from Japan by the Bernheimers and said to be the oldest building in California. And if the question of what to wear to such a place poses a dilemma, take heart: For our visit, we had to change the booking at very short notice, but they managed to accommodate us, despite the restaurant being busy.
We were seated in the main restaurant, at a table with partial city views. Our server, Tricia, was ultra-friendly, and had great suggestions for wines by the glass and non-alcoholic cocktails we chose a potent blended Margarita, a smooth Carmel Road Chardonnay, and a Virgin Mai Tai.
Our appetizers arrived quickly, and in generous sizes. Yamashiro Crispy Chicken comprised four thick strips of meat coated in what looked like Rice Krispies resting on a pile of succulent apple-cabbage coleslaw in a mustard-tinged dressing.
Our second appetizer was straightforward yellowtail, tuna, and unagi freshwater eel sushi, two pieces of each, served simply with hot wasabi and thinly sliced ginger.
If you like sushi but have a hard time deciding which type to choose, note that Yamashiro offers a variety of sushi platters to spare you the agony. The Sweet and Spicy Shrimp was stunning, the five crustaceans coated delicately in a sauce that struck the right balance between the two flavors, accompanied by sticky rice in a cake form and small chunks of pan-fried bok choy and scallions that added a splash of color.
The accompanying wild rice with pieces of palm hearts, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes was competently cooked, if less than thrilling. The third dish, Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna, was another tour de force — four huge chunks of perfectly seared fish, served with two wedges of yuzu-chili potato gratin, an Asian take on the French gratin dauphinois.
The cake was slightly crunchy on the outside, the chocolate not too dark or sugary — in short, it satisfied our craving for something sweet without being sickly. Our second dessert, Strawberry Preserve Filled Donuts, was devoured in record time too. To sum up, Yamashiro is an outstanding restaurant where the talent in the kitchen more than matches the location.
In fact, the only downside we can think of is that the restrooms are located downstairs, so plan your beverage consumption accordingly!On Sunday, October 28th, my family and I went to Yamashiro Hollywood.
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