Went last night. Had heard how proper/old school the guy is, and how he can make the “sushi nazi” of old, Nozawa, seem positively playful, so I wanted to see for myself. He did not disappoint.
It is very Nozawa/Sugarfish style - warm rice, saucing by chef, creamy wasabi. Two of us ordered omakase. No pictures - chef would freak. He hits you with your next plate the micro-second you finish the first. Not relaxing at all.
Chef quickly (after about 4 rounds, 2 pieces per round) got mad at my partner for only eating half her rice and said (well, actually, he doesn’t really say anything, but grunts to the waitress and they express his hostility) that she could not continue with the omakase, unless she ate all her rice, but I could continue. The waitress said he would be willing to make the pieces with less rice. She was full anyway. And was nice enough to let me continue while she sipped sake. I went quite a few more rounds by myself.
The fish and rice were outstanding. All the standards, plus an excellent bonito. Uni and ikura werecas good as I’ve had at most very good LA places.
Only real dissappointment was that the nori was not at all good, mushy - not toasty/crisp. He charged us $160, not sure if we both got charged for a full omakase (which I have read is about 80 bucks there) or if she got charged for 1/2 and me for 1 1/2.
I might go back - the fish and rice are superb - with someone who eats the same amount as me or alone. But I think I can have a more enjoyable experience at many other places.