When one door closes, sometimes three new ones open.
That's what happened when the spacious, two-story Marquee Grill shuttered briefly a few months ago. In its place, Village Kitchen took over the bottom floor while The Marquee Bar kept its position above the movie theater sign on the second level.
But that left one large chunk of interior real estate unclaimed.
Until now. That's where Toko V, the third phase of this epic rebranding, serves up a vast array of Asian delights from the combined culinary minds of Chefs Andre Natera (Village Kitchen) and Daniel Chau (formerly of Steel).
On the new menu: horse mackerel sashimi, smoked Hamachi rolls with cream cheese and avocado, and sea urchin nigiri.
For the more carnivorous, there's lemongrass short rib, Japanese fried chicken, and steak with wafu sauce, a tangy blend of soy sauce and rice vinegar.
It's the perfect start to a movie date night, just steps from the Highland Park Village Theatre.
Popcorn sales are going to plummet.
Photo Credit: Claire McCormack
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best Bets: Compressed watermelon tuna; snapper with Thai coconut water; horse mackerel sashimi; orange ginger beef
Nearby: Mi Cocina; Bistro 33; LAFCO New York