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zu robota or yamato?

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dtud Feb 19, 2008 10:32 PM

thinking of trying a new place - thinking of zu robata on wilshire or yamato in westwood - any thoughts on either?

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  1. J.L. RE: dtud Feb 20, 2008 01:58 AM

    I can't comment on Zu (haven't been there yet but plan to go soon)...

    But here's my take on Yamato (a simple search on the LA board will yield this also):

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/469635

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      Diana RE: J.L. Feb 20, 2008 06:35 AM

      Yamato is gross

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        dtud RE: J.L. Feb 20, 2008 07:22 AM

        thanks - i read that when you wrote it, but wondered if anything had changed since it's opening.. . this response is to jl

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        whatsfordinner RE: dtud Feb 20, 2008 07:07 AM

        I haven't tried Zu Robata, but Yamato's is very average. How about Bar Hayama on Sawtelle?

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          dtud RE: whatsfordinner Feb 20, 2008 07:21 AM

          just wanted to go b/c the pictures of the inside looked so pretty!! there are lots of other places to get tasty food - but thanks!!

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            whatsfordinner RE: dtud Feb 20, 2008 07:32 AM

            Yamato is pretty, but it seemed a little corporate, cold and slick (think lots of high gloss and white). I really loved the food and decor at Bar Hayama. It's very modern with beautiful and warm wood tones. The menu is similar to Yamato's, but the execution is much, much better. The service is also better. I'm curious about Zu Robata.

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              Diana RE: whatsfordinner Feb 20, 2008 10:21 AM

              In terms of dinidng, I guess sometimes it's a case of "Pretty is as pretty does".

              I never found Yamato all that pretty, really. Unless you mean Yamashiro, which is in Hollywood, not westwood, so I'm sure you don't.

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                mollyomormon RE: Diana Feb 20, 2008 10:29 AM

                I'm curious as to what you disliked about Yamato...

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              fdb RE: dtud Feb 20, 2008 12:24 PM

              If you are curious enough, just go. It would be a decent meal at a pretty place (although I like the original EuroChow decor better.) Food is Ok, not gross as another poster puts it. I, like you, am always curious about new places. I've yet to try Zu Robata also.

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