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Itacho Restaurant has it all: delicious, incredibly authentic Japanese cuisine; friendly and fast service from the owners to the waiters to the native Japanese chef; and a cozy ambience with traditional Japanese tie-dye tapestries lining the colorful walls. For just $15, today’s Groupon gets you $35 at the Zagat- and Michelin-rated Japanese hot spot. The place—a favorite among hipsters and Hollywood elite—has also been featured in LA Weekly, Gayot, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Located in Mid-City West at 7311 Beverly Blvd., Itacho offers an extensive menu full of traditional and modern Japanese dishes (with plans to one day offer futuristic Japanese dishes made with futurish ingredients by a yet-to-be-born, highly skilled chef). Try the delicious miso soup with steamed clams (or tofu for vegans/vegetarians). For a novel combo of texture and flavors, taste the popular crisp and tender Tatsuta Age (Japanese-style, boneless fried chicken) served with tangy lemon mayo. Delve into Yu-Ko, a luscious broiled black cod fillet with a citrus twist. Sushi was just added to the menu by the new owners in 2007, and long-time restaurant regulars say the addition of raw fish has really given the menu a kick. But if sushi’s not your bag, go for the array of fresh choices on the daily specials menu, like the albacore and yellowtail sashimi. A spoonful of yellowtail sashimi helps the melancholy urban beats go down.
Itacho is the Japanese word for master chef. The name is fitting, since the restaurant was started in the ’80s by Kohachi Hayasaka, the wonder-chef known as “Itacho” to his colleagues or “Chefilstiltskin” to his friends. Hayasaka built a following at his restaurant, one that traveled with him as the restaurant’s location changed. Upon Hayasaka’s retirement in 2007, former Itacho regulars took over ownership. They added a great new chef, Hiroji Obayashi, and expanded the menu to include sushi. With experience from the finest restaurants both in Japan and LA, the new kitchen master and Japanese-native Obayashi carries on the fine cuisine legacy of the original “Itacho.”
Customers love Itacho—some so much they’ve been frequenting the place since the ’80s. Citysearchers give it 4.5 stars. Here’s what they’re saying: > * Nearly everyone we know has gone to Ita Cho on a regular basis over the years (that’s the kind of quality, unique, delicious place it is). At the end of last year we heard the owners had sold the restaurant… The food is not only exactly the same, it’s even better. The sushi is a welcome and perfectly executed addition. –teriaton > * This is some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. It’s such a nice place, but not snooty AT ALL. The service is great! –buster2727
Make An Authentic Japanese Experience More Authentic
To make your authentic Japanese experience at Itacho more authentic, we recommend conversing with one of the Japanese-speaking employees in his or her native tongue. Here are some common phrases translated into Japanese to get you started:
- Hello. My name is John Smith. Don’t look at me like you’ve never seen human blood. – 萬卅陌阡廿十拾
- We share a cousin. That makes us brothers. Now let’s eat Oreos. – 萬卅陌阡廿十拾
- The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a championship since 2002, or so I believe. – 萬卅陌阡廿十拾
- Come to my apartment later. I have a Monopoly board and Scrabble pieces. – 萬卅陌阡廿十拾