Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Japanese Tapas

The intimate back patio at Bar Hayama in West L. A.

We live in a city with no shortage of sushi. You could probably eat at a different Japanese restautrant every night of the week for an entire year. One of my favorites is Bar Hayama on Sawtelle Boulevard in West L.A. The sushi is fresh and delicious but not too odd or complicated. They specialize in Japanese tapas , so it's fun to go with a large group and order many of their dishes. It's a comfortable, friendly neighborhood restaurant. The staff could not be more hospitable and helpful. And, ohhh the fire pits are dreamy - especially the two on the smaller back patio. A few items you want to try - crispy rice with spicy tuna, lobster dynamite served in a Maine lobster, black cod with mushroom ponzu sauce, lobster bisque. They also have many types of sake. Enjoy!

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