Los Angeles is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems some Angelenos just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
Here's where Fifty Seven chef Josh Drew likes to eat on his days off: "There's this little yakitori place over on Sawtelle called Yakitoriya that's probably my favorite restaurant in LA, if not the US. The chef & owner there, Toshi-san, is an absolute master. It's just him and one binchotan grill, focused almost entirely on chicken, and I mean every part of the bird you could imagine. Neck, tail, flank, heart four different ways, gizzards, kidneys, oysters wrapped in skin, esophagus, & many more, plus one very very special part I won't give away. It's what I'd eat as my last bite on earth."
"He also does all sorts of other interesting skewers like chicken-wrapped vegetables, incredible chicken broth, gingko nuts, hard-boiled quail eggs & another personal favorite, his soboro gohan. It's sticky rice with chopped, seasoned chicken, pickled radish, ginger & raw quail egg.
When in season, truffles find a home on the chicken oysters, matsutake mushrooms, & awesome house-made ice cream (black sesame, black sugar, & black bean varieties too). As good as the food is, the best part for me is the performance. There's a level of discipline, grace, & finesse in what Toshi-san does that far exceeds anything most Americans could ever understand. It's a rare pleasure to be able to experience, and I'm deeply grateful to have something so soulful here in Los Angeles."
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