Fish and seafood, much like singer-songwriters' emotions or Eddie Murphy's stand-up, are best experienced raw. Savor flavors in their finest form with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Japanese cuisine at Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Perched on the 21st floor of a downtown office building, Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant specializes in elegant sushi and robust charcoal-grilled robata options. Diners can don a festive barbecue apron before perusing a selection of vegetables ($4) or proteins, such as Chilean sea bass ($10) or filet mignon and foie gras ($15) to pair with the smoky robata and char to doneness. The menu contains an ocean's worth of sushi, sashimi, and signature rolls, such as the baked scallop roll ($15), and the 21st roll, so-called because it took 20 previous rolls to perfect ($18). Businessmen looking to recapture the lunchboxes of their youth can order the customizable bento boxes from Takami's lunch menu. Each bento box ($17–25) includes a choice of entree, miso soup, salad, tuna salad soba noodles, a six-piece California roll, and a Hi-C juice box.
Takami also has an extensive wine, sake, and cocktail selection. With its sleek modern design and panoramic views of the Financial District below, the restaurant's atmosphere alone draws visitors. On warm nights, venture onto Takami's outdoor patio and share sashimi with high-flying birds and low-flying Supermen.
Zagat diners give the food a 26 and the decor a 28, and the Los Angeles Times recommends Takami's modern atmosphere. Four Yahoo! Locals give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars, OpenTable.com reviewers give it an average of 4.1, and Citysearchers give it a 3.5-star average:
- “Unbeatable” “rooftop views” complete the “hip atmosphere” (with “the option of outdoor seating”) at this Japanese aerie on the 21st floor of a Downtown office building, which also wins wows with its “surprisingly amazing” sushi and robata grill dishes washed down with “on-point” drinks – Zagat
- We took my sister for her birthday, and everything was fantastic. Their food and service are outstanding. We will be returning. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 11/24/2010
Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant
A breathtaking 21 stories above downtown Los Angeles, Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant gives guests views of the glittering city lights below. But Executive Chef Stan Ota’s gaze, however, never leaves the chopping boards and plates in front of him. Each maki roll and fresh-seafood dish he creates is born out of a lifetime of experience spent cooking Japanese- and French-style food. His cooking has garnered recognition from many trained palates, including British food critic Jay Rayner who put Ota’s restaurant on his list of where to find the world’s best foods.
In addition to seafood such as lobster rolls and lemon-albacore rolls, the extensive menu boasts a wide selection of fine robata, from filet mignon to baby lamp chops. Beyond these printed offerings, Ota also performs a feat of Japanese cookery called Omakase–which translates literally to “I’ll leave it to you”– improvising a five-course menu based upon the fresh-market ingredients gathered that day. To compliment meals, Ota puts an equal amount of thought into his cocktail list, which features exciting blends of liquors and spices. These drinks include lychee-infused mojitos, white-tea-rose martinis, and the Serrano kiss, spiced gin and lime with muddled Serrano chili.