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Yatai on Sunset...With a 20% off coupon!

Dave and Stuff Jan 15, 2007 03:05 AM

Went to Yatai on Sunset tonight (Sunday night)...this Asian "small plates" restaurant is a gem.

This was our third visit to Yatai (On Sunset, just west of La Cienega...My girlfriend and I are stunned that more people aren't talking about this place...GREAT value, nice venue, friendly service, and most of all, GREAT food.

On their website right now is a 20% off coupon for parties up to four (Sunday through Thursday)...check out www.yatai-bar.com

Tonight, we had three soju cocktails (one pineapple, one grapefruit, and one "mojito"), as well as one beer and one hot and one iced tea...then the food:

Albacore sashimi with crispy onions and ponzu-My absolute favorite sashimi is albacore, and Yatai does it better than anyone.

Kimchi-We love it...just a nice little spicy dish...we fought over the last couple of pieces.

Agadashi Tofu-Yes, I probably spelled it wrong, but it tasted just wonderful! Kind of a tempura tofu with a savory broth.

Sauteed Kurobuta pork with kimchi-maybe my favorite of the night. Just spicy enough, but the flavors worked together in a way I hadn't expected...

Octopus Balls-My least favorite of the night, but tasty, nonetheless. I had never had this dish before, but what it amounted to was fried balls of mashed potatoes with bits of octopus. I might not order this again, but it wasn't bad, and why order something that isn't great?

Chili cream soft shell crab-Unbelievable! Ok, I take back what i said earlier...THIS was my favorite dish of the night! Crispy and hot tempura soft shell crab, tossed with a chili cream sauce and served with greens and a spicy aioli. Soft Shell Crab is "must order" for me at any restaurant, be it sushi or otherwise, and this one takes the cake!

The total for everything was $62, minus 20%, which made it $50. Plus a $13 tip, and we had an OUTSTANDING meal, cocktails, soft drinks, and great service, in Hollywood, for $63.

This restaurant seems to be busy on Fridays and Saturdays, but on Sundays, the place is yours! Free parking in the shopping center next door, too.

www.yatai-bar.com has the 20% off coupon.

8535 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90069

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    sonoria RE: Dave and Stuff Jan 15, 2007 06:20 PM

    With the exception of the albacore sashimi with crispy onions review (Katsu-Ya and Koi's versions tickle my fancy so much more; Yatai's was too bland for my tastes), I gotta give another thumbs up for Yatai! A friend and I took advantage of their Happy Hour specials last Friday and stuffed ourselves silly with the $4-5 rolls and soju drinks. We shared about 10 tapas (yes, hungry girls) and has 4 drinks each - total was around $100. With 20% off during the week, Yatai will definitely be receiving repeat business from me!

    1. Ciao Bob RE: Dave and Stuff Jan 16, 2007 12:22 AM

      Yatai rocks. Love the Indian Beef Curry, aforemetioned Kurobuta pork, Eel Sate, large shumai like dumplings, Pumpkin Tempura w/ Curry Salt.

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        Dave and Stuff RE: Dave and Stuff Jan 16, 2007 05:14 PM

        What do you think is keeping Yatai so empty? Especially on weeknights, when parking isn't a problem?

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