Hayato - ROW DTLA

On Friday, no one at the counter ate the bamboo leaves but is. Just the three chunks and called it a day. Missed out on some goodness

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Love the photos.

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How the actual heck do any of you guys get a reservation?? Refreshed like crazy into all dates in May already booked?!

I blame @lafoodie

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Yeah things were done in the first 30 seconds.

I was out driving

If I’m aiming for Hayato, it would be for his Bento.

any idea if these are coming back?

not anytime soon

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I’m not going to bury the lede: former-two-star-no-toto hayato is now future-three-star-yes-toto hayato.

hayato is now an automatic 3 star and worth a special journey. let’s face it, an american standard toilet ain’t gonna cut it.
can we get a hayato toto nft please?

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shout-out to @CiaoBob and @chrishei for the great night

sakizuke - live santa barbara spot prawns, tosazu jelly, shiso blossoms, fava beans

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(new) agemono (kakiage tempura) - corn, mitsuba, hokkaido scallop

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(new) seared tairagai ushio-jiru, pea leaves

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takenoko

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boiled in water with rice vinegar to get rid of any bitterness, simmered in dashi and light soy sauce and then charred over the fire with dark soy sauce. eat the other leaves like an artichoke.

(world premiere) shinogi - hokkaido uni, nori tsukudani, fresh wasabi, soy sauce

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(og encore appearance) owan - dungeness crab suimono, kani miso, fish paste, dashi

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so glad this one is back

(new) seared hatsu katsuo, ginger, shiso, myoga, salt

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sake steamed abalone, abalone stock cubes, abalone liver sauce, wasabi

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in-n-out secret menu - animal style

binchotan grilled hokkaido kinki, binchotan roasted maui onion

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tempura anago, dashi ankake, ginger juice

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loved how super crisp and crunchy the batter was

spring nabe (wakatakeni) - amadai, wakame, takenoko, kinome leaves

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skin was first grilled and then the bottom steamed in dashi. kinome and takenoko :heart:

karasumi

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(world premiere) nodoguro gohan, miso soup, cucumber, turnip, myoga

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just listen to the sound of the fat dripping on the binchotan while this is cooking.

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sorry you couldn’t try any Brandon

harry’s berries gaviota strawberries, kinako whipped cream
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yuki’s wasanbon

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not shown - yuki-roasted hojicha tea and uji sencha tea

fin

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The best of my 4 meals there and that’s saying something because the others were incredible. Last night was incerdibler.
The starship toto was clearly the highlight but it is hard to stop thinking of end of season bamboo, amadai wakame (with sansho leaves!), anago, kinky onion (not hungry onion), bonito and that crab ball and spot prawns. Such lovely late spring flavors.

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fun! One of my good friends (Victor) was there last night too. Posted a similar pic of Yuki. Good crowd!!

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yep fun night, your name came up a couple times :sweat_smile:

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something I should know about?

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Fuuuudge.

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