Los Angeles finally has a high end tempura restaurant to boast about called Tempura Endo, opening Thursday, January 7 in Beverly Hills. The elegantly laid out space features a few private dining rooms and one main counter, whereupon diners can experience the full omakase-style tempura prepared by chef Satori Masada. Similar to a high end sushi spot, the chefs delicately fry vegetables and seafood one by one in a coursed style.
Meals start with amuse bouches and appetizers, and even a few sushi courses before delving into delicacies like tempura sea urchin, king crab, and abalone. Things get fancy with higher scaled menus, with wagyu beef and scallop with truffle and caviar. To ensure you leave the place well satisfied, tempura rice bowls close out the savories. Desserts include sherbet and a full ceremony-style matcha tea service, a fitting end for such a refined presentation.
The experience isn't going to be cheap, however, with prices starting at $180 and topping out at $280 before drinks, tip, or tax. But it's definitely better than catching a flight to Kyoto.
9777 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210