Who has a Japanese chef (besides sushi places)?
I've learned over time that I tend to enjoy restaurants with Japanese chefs. So which places have a Japanese chef? I'm not including suchi places. For example, I like Orris (on Sawtelle), Maison Akira (in Pasadena), Shiro (in South Pasadena), and En (in Vancouver). Though of course, a Japanese chef doesn't always mean I'll like it. For example, I had an ok meal at Beacon. Maybe it was an off night, but we're not hurrying back any time soon.
Besides the above, I also know of Mako and Kikuchi from these boards. They are on my list to try. Any others you would recommend?
Mako is very good. Kikuchi is great, but the service and wait time between courses can be looooooong - just be forewarned, set aside a good couple of hours, if not more.
Also consider Restaraunt 2117, and if you are ever out in the SFV try Gorikee.
2117 Sawtelle Blvd
21799 Ventura Blvd
I forgot to mention Chef Glen Ishii at Noe at the Omni Hotel. He's the chef de cuisine. The executive chef, Robert Gadsby, is rarely in the kitchen because he's always starting new places, but Glen is there and is very kind; he personally greets clientele and will email you back if you leave info. on the response card.
251 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cinch, on Wilshire in Santa Monica [Fred Iwasaki, formerly at Cafe del Rey] and Orris on Sawelle North of Olympic [Hideo Yamashiro, owner of Shiro's in Pasadena] come to mind.
Maybe another Chowhound can help now that we are on the scent, but I seem to recall an Indian restaurant with a Japanese chef.