129 North La Cienega Blvd. (Wilshire Blvd.), Beverley Hills, Los Angeles, 90211-2206, United States

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A casual setting, with plain wooden tables, yet this was the place that later spawned the wildly successful Nobu in New York, and later in London. This restaurant seemed to be running mainly on memories now, however; its high rating in Zagat is incomprehensible. A tuna sashimi was pleasant enough, as was a less good tuna sushi (12/20), but a course of US "Kobe" beef (i.e. wagyu beef raised in the Kobe style in the US) managed to be chewy - Kobe beef, chewy?!?  Little better was a fillet of salmon that was dried out, served with a one-dimensional pepper sauce (10/20). A dish of prawns with a wasabi pepper sauce was somewhat better, but again the sauce tasted like gravy with a bit of seasoning (11/20).

Service was brisk and the place was packed. At least the bill was low here – USD 90 for two including beer. 

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  • TSE

    I can't agree more. My experience there was pretty bad. It is a crowded place with mediocre service. The fish of one of the dishes was actually not fresh at all.