First taste: Yamato Westwood
The space that Eurochow used to occupy in Westwood has undergone extensive renovation, and has re-opened as Yamato Westwood. We tried it last Thursday night for the first time (on the corporate account). I hear Yamato is a chain, but I've never tried their other locations before.
First, the management did a great job with the renovation. It is a very attractive space, with upstair and downstair seating. When one first walks in, the long sushi bar is on the right. There is a really cool looking sake display in the front, and the manager and hostess both greeted us warmly. The place was mostly empty at 7:30PM. Hot tea came quickly after we were seated in an upstairs booth (which we opted for, for a nice commanding view of the place).
The menu consisted of sushi, rolls, salads, and many izakaya-portioned cold and hot foods. Very reasonable priced. The seafood croquettes were a big hit. The spicy tuna on crispy rice was a "near-hit" (Koi's is better, which is about the only thing Koi does well). The miso cod is as good as any in town. The buta kakuni (pork stew) is outstanding. The Yu-Dofu (fresh tofu) was indeed fresh as can be.
Maguro sashimi was fresh and well-cut, well-presented.
Desserts: Ginger creme brulee, molten chocolate cake - both good, but not great.
Overall grade: B+ I'd definitely go back. I hope they get busier (and even better).
1099 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking: Valet or street (metered) or the Broxton public lot in Westwood
To answer my own question, yes! My family of 6 (from 10 to 90-year-old) had a nice dinner tonight. Service was very attentive from the receptionist, waitress, and server. Food was solid (though do not expect Urasawa or Asanebo caliber), and price is reasonable if you consider the location and the decor and ambiance. I think it's a nice addition to Westwood dining choices. Would definitly go back with friends. Hope business picks up.