MTN - Venice

Travis Lett’s new Gjapanese izakaya. This place is like a too cool for school exercise wheel for hamsters: no reservations, no menu, no sign, communal or bar seating only, and super loud. The hamsters couldn’t stay away and it was packed. Don’t expect them to open on time either even with a line forming out the door. Service was friendly but painfully slow, I waited 50 minutes for my last dish before I cancelled it and asked for the check.

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tomato salad - shiso, wasabi, olive oil
Refreshing and delicious
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sweet corn - shoyu butter, tomato, sudachi, shichimi
Suprisingly not sweet and too acidic.
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tai sashimi - yuzu kosho, wajama sea salt, shiso buds
Loved this, the tai was super fresh and firm, and the yuzo kosho provided the heat, no soy sauce needed.
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grilled lone MNT beef tataki - fresh wasabi, ginger, tamari
Meh
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grilled ton toro - pork cheek, white miso, lemon, shichimi
Fatty and slightly charred, good.
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peeds & barnnets pork belly gyoza - kimchi, negi, ginger
Juicy, fatty filling and slightly crisped wrapper, really good.
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hamachi collar
Cooked perfectly, meat was really tender and juicy.
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grilled ika - ume, shiso, green chili
Highlight of the night, tender, sweet, and it came with a delicious shiso chimichurri.
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yaki onigiri - goma, shiso, shoyu, pickles
A little under-seasoned and could have been crispier.
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Service was a lot better than my first visit, they actually opened early and I got everything I ordered. They also added a dj spinning vinyl of course, fortunately the music wasn’t too loud.

Their vegetables and seafood continue to be their strong suit. The saba was the highlight of the night, tender, moist, and flaky. The shima aji was also really good. But the meat and poultry were just okay, they were cooked well but were under-seasoned, boarding on bland.

Portions are still tiny, and qpr is low. Four tiny chicken wings for 13 bucks?! I’m beginning to think MTN means you’ll be spending More Than Necessary.

coal steamed eggplant - red miso, walnuts, scallion, lemon
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charred japanese sweet potato - miso butter
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shima aji sashimi - grated ginger, scallion, serrano chili, yuzu ponzu
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grilled saba - sesame, scallion ponzu, daikon oroshi
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sake marinated jidori chicken wings - yuzu kosho, honey, chive
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pork chashu temaki - burnt ends, pickled cucumber, fermented chili sauce
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grilled duck breast - shio koji
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grilled skirt steak - red miso, marinated daikon greens
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MTN
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
(424) 465-3313
http://mtnvenice.com/

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Thanks for the report @PorkyBelly. :slight_smile: Nice pics as usual.

It’s encouraging to hear that Chef Lett has somewhat successfully tackled “Gjapanese food” (love that). :laughing:

Given how great Gjusta is and Gjelina has many hits, it’s good to hear he hasn’t slacked off with MNT.

Bummer about the wait and hamsters though.

The veggie dishes look wonderful (not a surprise considering how well they cook veggies at Gjelina and Gjusta), and I’ll have to try that Ika soon. :slight_smile:

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Thanks @Chowseeker1999, I would wait awhile before checking it out. It even took forever just to process my credit card but when I got my receipt I knew why, they’re still using those 1980s carbon copy credit card swipers, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re using a fucking abacus to total everybody’s bill too. Oh and they charge a mandatory post-tax 20% service fee, natch.

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Maybe they don’t have internet connection yet.

Maybe. Hopefully they’ll get their 56k modem and AOL account setup so they can start processing credit cards like normal businesses.

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I have a credit card reader for my iPhone FFS.

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Do they seriously use the carbon cc readers? Most hipster shit ever love it lol!

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Also did you catch the hours? Are they doing lunch?

They’re open 6:00 (or whenever they feel like) - midnight, tuesday to saturday.

Is this in the old WabiSabi space?

No, it’s in a former clothing store.

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

I talked briefly with the MTN manager (Oscar) last night - They’re still working on their connection for card processing. Meanwhile, this old-timer paid with CASH. Gee, that was easy.

As for the food (yes, they are in their first week of operations): Perhaps I’ll do a prelim pictorial essay…

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I saw Ozzy too, but he looked like he was more interested in managing the ladies than running a restaurant.

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Thinking about hitting this up this weekend…

Felix then MTN Bang Bang? That Ika looks delicious.

Elite

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I approve, but be prepared to wait.

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I always knew @J_L was a hottie in a miniskirt.

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Hey, if you got’em, flaunt’em…

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From @theoffalo

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Thanks for linking! Interesting, when I went last Wednesday, I paid by credit card (at first I tried to pay with a Gjusta gift card I happened to have on me, but alas they’re on separate systems, despite knowing my name from a Gjelina reservation years ago), and got printed receipt to sign, not a carbon paper slip… Maybe someone cut their internet off in between our visits.

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Gjelina’s service in general is notorious for being subpar.