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Need a Yamashiro update please

Hi 'hounds. Well, my sister is flying in from Vermont tonight. Her son lives in Culver City and she wants to take all of us to Yamashiro. I just did a search on this restaurant on this blog and folks, it doesn't look good. But her son had a good meal there, but what does he know, he's 23! So I look to my friends here on this blog. What do I do friends, what do I do? Should I talk them out of this historic place or say the heck with it and go.

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  1. Go there and have a drink in the Bar and maybe an appetizer or two... besides that the food is not up to par at all. However, the bar offers great views and the appetizers are good

    1. We ate here about a year ago, as far as I know it's the same management. Many of those reports you read are likely from years ago. It's pricey because you are paying for the view and atmosphere, and it's true that you could eat at a higher quality restaurant for those prices. But the food is perfectly fine pan-Asian fare, in fact we had a few things that were quite nice -- lamb chops, some grilled fish, purple rice, apple coleslaw, I think. The goofy sushi rolls were fun too, we had the all-black Darth Vader roll. It's no Chinois, but all the pan-Asian places taste exactly the same to me and Yamashiro is no worse than any other. For visitors to L.A., I think it's a must-see.

      1. i was there this last friday for dessert. it's nice b/c you get the view without having to pay high prices for a mediocre dinner. their desserts are ok...all $10. definitely best view in LA, however.

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        1. Whatever you thought of it however many years ago, it's still the same.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            But have you actually eaten a full meal there lately? I have no desire to defend a mediocre restaurant, but I really didn't see any problem with what I ate there -- it was on a par with Asia Los Feliz, Tiger Lily, Celadon and every other place I've eaten lately with a similar menu. Of course, they don't want to scare the tourists, so there's nothing earth-shattering, but I wouldn't call it dangerous or anything.

            1. re: Chowpatty

              Yes, I have (~2 months ago).

              Don't misunderstand. My post was not a slam on Yamashiro. Just saying that the place hasn't really changed -- it's not better, nor is it any worse.

              It is what it is.

          2. We ate their in April - at the request of the "Birthday Boy." I wish I could remember what we all had...to warn you away.

            I would suggest, if possible, to go there for a drink and somewhere else for dinner.

            1. I think it's perfectly okay. If he really wants to go there, I wouldn't bother trying to switch them to some other place. It's a nice view - if you've never seen it before it's worth it - and the food is good enough.

              If they aren't attached to Yamashiro, I'd suggest staying in Culver City and going to Beacon. They have a similar Pan-Asian cuisine, but I think it's more interesting and very tasty, not to mention you won't have to fight crazy Hollywood traffic.

              Or maybe the son is just looking for a fancy Hollywood night out? In that case, do drinks at Yamashiro, then go eat at Asia de Cuba.

              1. Forget Yamashiro. The food is below sub par. Ask her what she relly wants. '

                If it's Sushi, go to Asanebo in Studio City-expensive, but very good. Good kaiseki, too

                If it's Japanese, try Gonpachi i beverly Hills, or Musha in Santa Monica

                If it's a view, go to West Steakhouse.
                If it's historic, go to Musso and Frank's Or heck, Clifton's Cafeteria!

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                1. re: Diana

                  Whatever you do, go to Yamashiro's at least once in your life. You won't regret it.

                  1999 North Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

                2. About a month ago, I got a mailing about a "Garden Market" they hold every Thursday night. I haven't been, but it piqued my interest. You may wish to consider going on that night. I plan to check it out some time over the next few weeks.

                  Here's a link to the online ad: http://tinyurl.com/y3gtwu8

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                  1. re: lil mikey

                    It looks like you have never been there before, gary metzker. Am I right? You should go just for the experience.
                    Food is decent, atmosphere is formal and the view in the evening is just fantastic.

                    1. re: selfportrait93

                      The Garden Market is nice. Parking is only $2.00. I went when they were newly set up. Yamashiro's did not have any other hot food competitors there, just vendors selling ice cream, pies, nuts, candles, etc. If that's the case (no other hot food), I won't be going back. Once was enough for the view.

                      1999 North Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

                      1. re: Galen

                        What I meant was Yamashiro's were the only ones selling hot food. Tacos with fish or short rib.

                        1999 North Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

                        1. re: Galen

                          There is a German stall also - selling Bratwursts and some other items. Check out my blog/review here:


                          1. re: Obessed

                            Yeah, go Thurs get parking validated then only costs $2 instead of $7.50, the Garden Market is a great way to spend an early evening and grab some bites. Then go up to the restaurant bar inside and get your drink on.

                  2. Why do places that serve mediocre food wise up? This place has never had good food and the owners must know it. Improve the food, what is the big secret?