Sunday, January 25, 2015

Right on Q

Downtown's omakase experience will make you believe in love (of sushi)


Ensuring your next date night ends happily is far too important to leave in someone else's hands.

Unless those well-trained hands belong to Chef Hiro, a sushi master who’s been seducing diners with his creations for 25 years. Now he's crafting the omakase menu at Q, your new no-fail date spot.

Chef Hiro's a bit of a hero to us for being among LA's first to offer his fare edo-style, with just raw sashimi and rice seasoned with vinegar, nothing else.
Go ahead and tell her you're a purist. She'll like that.

She'll also like the 20-course experience to come, which could include uni marinated in scratch-made miso, Bluefin with scratch-made pickled ginger, and fluke topped with scratch-made soy sauce. Yeah, you can go ahead and assume everything here is scratch-made.

Except the fish, which is picked fresh and locally sourced. That is, when it’s not specially flown in from the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

Okay, and neither is the sake. But that's a good thing, as a bottle of the high-end stuff is the only thing you should be drinking in this intimate 26-seat dining room.
Okay, make that two bottles, as you're gonna want to offer Chef Hiro a shot or two.
She'll like that, too.

521 W. 7th St., Downtown
(213) 225-6285

Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet or the public lot on Grand and Wilshire
Scene: Smart daters and the girls going home with them
Best bet: Anything Chef Hiro serves, obviously
Nearby: Bottega Louie; Drago Centro; The Gorbals

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