We tried to make a reservation at Maude in Beverly Hills, but it was fully booked. So this place was a second option.
Appetizer to share: Hamachi, jicama, kohlrabi, myoga $16
I love myoga. He hates it as expected, but enjoys Hamachi sashimi. For me, it was good but not amazing.
My main: Hinoki scented black cod, asparagus, spinach, arare $26
This is their signature dish. The presentation with smoky hinoki wood paper probably catches your attention (mine too), but it’s really not scented, just burned smell unfortunately 😦 It tastes good, again not amazing.
His main: Caramel braised kurobuta pork belly, radish, green garlic $28
I think this is more fun dish. For these two dish would go very well with steamed white rice. It was disappointing that they don’t serve complimentary bread.
Another disappointment here. They uses soy sauce dish as lid to tea pot. How tacky and cheap it looks. I assume they lost the original iron lid. This is not a grandma’s house, but a fancy restaurant! Also, they serve in chipped dishes. That’s a big turn off for me again. Fundamental LA serves a full tasting menu with a better price. Here, not acceptable for what they charge.
To be honest, I was not happy about the anniversary dinner. Of course, I pretended to enjoy it as he did.
After getting home, I googled it if Chef Kuniko Yagi still worked there. She is the main reason I picked the restaurant because I had an opportunity to meet her and David Myers, the owner chef in person. Then found out that they both no longer work for Hinoki & The Bird. Shocking!!! I should’ve researched it before we go 😦 😦 😦
Hinoki & The Bird
10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067