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n/naka ? is there sushi bar seating here?

kevin Jun 17, 2012 04:28 PM

or is it all at tables?


i may have to check it out if only for the foie menu

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    epop Jun 17, 2012 04:39 PM

    it is an omakase only restaurant, not a sushi bar, and more like a kaiseki meal, but I think
    it is closer to a tasting menu.

    1. J.L. Jun 17, 2012 04:52 PM

      There's technically a bar-looking area in the dining room, but really I've never ever seen it used in my 5+ visits there.

      As epop alluded to: It's not sushi. It's kaiseki. No a la carte options. You go for the (damn good) tasting menu.

      Please report back!

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      1. re: J.L.
        kevin Jun 17, 2012 05:15 PM

        Damn, now I'm in quite the quagmire. Hold off on n/naka and shunji and just save up for urasawa, the real deal, or go to n/naka once and shunji and say kiriko each once.

        1. re: kevin
          bulavinaka Jun 17, 2012 05:22 PM

          kevin, I posted a link to Jonathan Gold's LA Times review from friday/saturday on J.L.'s original post about N/Naka:


          Mr. Gold was quite impressed - probably worth reading and my help you decide which direction to take.

          1. re: kevin
            epop Jun 17, 2012 06:10 PM

            I don't know about what budget to choose but didn't really enjoy my n/naka meal all that much, honestly. I'd do a bunch of kiriko lunches instead, or wait for Urasawa.
            Or go to Zo or Mori.

            Then I run out of options.

            1. re: kevin
              PeterCC Jun 17, 2012 08:40 PM

              From my posts on lunch omakase at Kiriko, and from the tour I just completed this weekend, you probably know which way I'd lean: multiple (fantastic) places. It's not like n/naka, Shunji, and Kiriko are bad restaurants. Do them on three separate weekends, take your time and savor and enjoy each place.

              Might Urasawa be better than each of the other places individually? Most likely (I've never been, but I know of Urasawa's rep, of course). Might it be a better experience than all three combined? I think that's more debatable (again, never having been to either Urasawa, or n/naka for that matter).

              1. re: PeterCC
                J.L. Jun 18, 2012 05:27 PM

                Urasawa is not necessarily better than the cumulative experiences at Mori or Kirko or Shunji or n/naka. Rather, Urasawa is just a unique experience in itself.

                Hiro-san's monk-like devotion to quality, coupled with his uncompromising approach to sushi kaiseki and impeccable service all lead to a more "sanctified" gestalt for the diners (for lack of a better description).

                Urasawa, n/naka, Shunji, Mori, Kiriko, and (may I add) Matsuhisa.... I've had great Japanese meals at every one of them.

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            silverlakebodhisattva Jun 18, 2012 05:30 PM

            Anyone know if they'll accommodate a party of two who don't eat mammals if we ask in advance to substitute something for the beef?

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            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
              PandanExpress Jun 18, 2012 05:41 PM

              Yes, chef Niki is very accommodating. Just mention it when you make the reservation.

              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
                kevin Jun 18, 2012 05:51 PM

                For a second, i thought you mentioned animals, and i was going to say they do have a vegetarian menu, suffice to say it the price of the regular tasting menu.

                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
                  andytseng Jun 18, 2012 11:57 PM

                  The thing that I especially like about n/naka is that the replacement dishes are well thought-out dishes that aren't just thrown together to satisfy specific restrictions.

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