I can’t believe it was about two years ago when the wonderful FTCers suggested that I have my SO take me to Inn Ann for my birthday. It was a delicious and amazing experience.
My birthday is rolling around again - mid-August, so I’m once again asking for recs for an upscale izakaya or kaiseki place that does not exceed $160 per person (we don’t drink “adult beverages,” so the price indicated is just for food). Optimally, we would want not too much hassle involved in getting reservations - he’s not the kind of guy that would sit at the computer waiting to see if we could get reservations right when n/naka or Hayato make them available - and I also don’t think those places are in his budget. Finally, it would be great to find a place where the choices or course are not just sushi or sashimi - one thing we loved about Inn Ann were the courses with distinctive vegetables or condiments.
Here’s some places we’ve gone to in the past for my birthday - admittedly, some were primarily sushi or sashimi, but again, if we can find a place that isn’t solely sushi or sashimi-centric course, that would be optimal:
Kinjiro (thank you FTC’ers for suggesting this a few years back!)
I have noticed that Gozen in West Hollywood has an option that looks like it would work - I read the KevinEats review - I was wondering if anyone has else has gone there? And in general, we’d be happy to go to the westside, DTLA, the South Bay, or central LA, or SGV.
A slightly belated thanks to all who provided recommendations. We’ve narrowed it down to Gozen and Shibumi - my SO wants just a bit more variety than Yakiniku Osen, and we’ll go to Izakaya Hero for a less-special occasion - but I am intrigued by it, and we’ll definitely get there at some point.