Monday, February 9, 2009

Restaurant Profile: Ita-Cho

Not really sure what all the hype is about....

Ita-Cho has been known to have lines out the door consisting of a cool crowd and occasional celebrities. Excited by the prospect of a great restaurant find, a group of us went for the Dine LA menu. We quickly realized the set courses were not worth it; you would barely save a dollar depending on what you ordered. So among us we ordered tuna sashimi, spicy yellow tail on crispy rice (pictured below), spicy tuna rolls, chilian sea bass, eel, filet mignon with red wine sauce, filet mignon sushi, shrimp tempura, and scallops.

The sea bass got rave reviews, the sashimi was fresh- but the sushi was nothing to write home about. The spicy tuna rolls were just ok, they were tiny and the rice was on the inside. The steak was tasty but too pricey for such a small portion. The filet mignon sushi sounded like a good idea, but it just wasn't executed well. Lastly the spicy yellow tail on crispy rice was very similar to Itzakaya's version but not quite as good (the rice was just a little too crispy).

Bottom line: Some people really enjoyed their meals, other people did not. It seems to be a hit or miss. If you just want to go to a trendy restaurant, possibly see some celebs, have moderately good Japanese food--try Ita-Cho. If you are looking for GREAT sushi go to Itzakaya down the street.

7311 W. Beverly Blvd.
L.A., CA 90036
(323) 938-9009

1 comment:

  1. You forgot to mention their awesome assortment of saki in small wooden boxes.