Chef Hideo Yamashio makes a change from the upscale ventures of his first restaurant, Shiro, and instead opts for a more casual vibe with his second ... More
Chef Hideo Yamashio makes a change from the upscale ventures of his first restaurant, Shiro, and instead opts for a more casual vibe with his second restaurant, Orris. Yamashio, who has worked under Wolfgang Puck, combines fresh ingredients in a "West meets East" tug of war, as European and Asian elements are mixed and matched, then served up as small plates. The inside of the restaurant is cozy and chic, with jazz playing quietly in the background. What you will find on the menu: cold dishes (Thinly Sliced Beets with Basque Sheep's Milk Cheese), hot dishes (Ravioli filled with Shrimp Mouse and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce) and seasonal specials (Grilled Quail with Italian White Beans). Limited free parking behind the restaurant is available as well.
had dinner there tonight and the meal was excellent. tapas with a japanese slant turns out to be a great amalgamation. service was outstanding and the food as good as it gets. i highly recommend this place.
This place was recommended by my friend who frequents there 1-2 times a week. We obviously had great service because of that, but I had to say that the food was great. I didn't get too full and overwhelmed. Everything was just the right amount. I got to meet some of the staff including Shiro, the owner/chef. Very friendly and welcoming environment and ambiance is great for a romantic date. Parking can be a bit tight on the street, but there's parking in the back.
Japanese small plates restaurant on Sawtelle, moderately priced. According to Jonathan Gold's mention of the restaurant, some of my favorite dishes were cliches brought up from the 80's. But that doesn't stop me from ordering the shrimp ravioli in shiitake mushroom sauce every time I go. I had my #2 Dessert Of All Time here, a beautiful tiramisu in a cup with a patina of misty mocha powder on top that essentially fills your esophagus and nasal passages with delicious chocolate on every bite. Choking on chocolate... is not so bad of a way to go. UNFORTUNATELY, every single time i've gone back, it hasn't been on the menu. I asked the waiter on my fourth return visit, and he said it was an extremely rare occasion that hasn't been repeated again. I guess that fits the Japanese aesthetic of perpetually leaving you wanting more.
i've never had japanese tapas before, but this was certainly an excellent place to start. the small plate sizes let you order many different things to taste. we had a party of 4, so each person was able to try one piece of everything. it wasn't to pricey for what we ordered.
the dishes we ordered at orris ranged from good to great (nothing really *excellent* though). it was sort of an interesting menu of fusion small plates, not too spendy, but the portions were pretty small so you ended up spending a decent amount on dinner. pretty fun wine and sake list. great atmosphere--very chic and styly and pleasantly busy.
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