#Engaged at Yamashiro

We’ve seen all kinds of special occasions at Yamashiro–from birthdays & graduations to weddings & anniversaries, we are lucky enough to get to be a part of so many people’s stories. But there’s nothing quite like being a part of someone’s proposal. From the nervous, excited planning to the ecstatic “YES!” that we often hear, it’s an honor to witness and forever be a part of a couple’s history.

While we know Yamashiro is a popular place to pop the question, we didn’t realize just how popular until we saw this story from ABC, which lists Yamashiro as number 12 in the Top 20 Restaurants for Marriage Proposals! The list boasts restaurants from Brooklyn to Dallas to Seattle, and we’re very happy to be included in such a fun list. It was even more fun to share this list on our Facebook page and receive a long list of comments from guests who had been engaged at Yamashiro in the past, and who continue to celebrate anniversaries with us.

We want to say thank you for spending your big moments with us at Yamashiro–we’re always here to celebrate with you! Comment below with any stories you have!

In the spirit of proposals, here’s a fun photo @simply_leann shared of her parents at Yamashiro, with 25 years between each photo! Very cool.

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Spring at Yamashiro!

Happy First Day of Spring! Even if winter isn’t exactly rough in LA, we still welcome the beginning of a new season–especially one that brings us closer to summer, and the Yamashiro Farmer’s Market, and the opening of the Pagoda Bar! In honor of the day, here are a few photos showing the lushness and peaceful ambience of Yamashiro on a Spring Day. If you have more photos that you think convey Yamashiro in the spring, share on Instagram or Twitter using @yamashirola or #yamashiro!

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Himalayan Salt Plate

As we browse through Instagrams posted from Yamashiro daily, one thing always pops up–besides the gorgeous view and colorful sushi, of course–and that is our Himalayan Salt Plate.

 

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American Wagyu Steak is seared and served on the Himalayan Salt Plate, which is then quickly cooked to your preference at your table. An interactive and fun culinary experience, this is a great dish to give your dinner something you won’t forget!

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Never used a Himalayan Salt Block before? Here’s what’s up: the salt plate is a dense block of translucent pink salt hand-cut from ancient mineral deposits. It is first heated to around 400 degrees, and then cooked at your table. As it cooks, it imparts a small amount of its pure yet complex taste, adding full flavor to the cooked steak. These salt plates can be used to cook any kind of meat or vegetables, and can even be chilled or frozen to display sushi, cold meats, fruit, etc. Himalayan Salt Blocks have continued to gain popularity recently, and we know why! The flavor and the act of cooking your own American Wagyu steak elevates your culinary experience to the next level.

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To see a video of our Himalayan Salt Plate in action, see this video by @foodie_mirror! Or show us your photos & videos using #yamashiro. Happy eating!

 

Photos: @roddomi, @theyumdiaries, @scarlettbabe

Date night at Yamashiro

With Valentine’s Day only a day away, we have love on the brain at Yamashiro. As an intimate restaurant, we’ve seen more dates than we can count take place at our tables. From first dates to 30th wedding anniversaries and everything in between; from good to bad to just plain awkward, Yamashiro has always been a place where where two people can come together, butterflies and all, and enjoy romantic dinner and drinks with all of LA beneath them. We love getting to be part of that experience for so many people! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we took to Instagram to take a look at some of our favorite photos of date night at Yamashiro. Want to share yours? Link the comments or tag your photos with #yamashiro on Instagram or Twitter!

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photo: @jjricanne
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photo: @baconbikersam
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photo: @peterghouse

What is Nigori?

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If you’ve looked over the drink menu at Yamashiro you’ve probably come across the word “nigori” on our list of sake. What makes this unique from your typical sake?

Nigori” is a Japanese word that roughly translates to cloudy. The drink gets this name from its cloudy appearance. Typically sake is filtered to remove any grain solids left after the rice fermentation process, giving it a relatively clear appearance. When the sake is not filtered during the fermentation process you end up with a sake that is much cloudier and that sake is called Nigori.

Nigori sake tends to be the sweetest of all sakes, which makes it a great pairing for a spicy dish or a dessert wine. As with most sakes, it is recommended that you consume the whole bottle once opened so that the sake does not lose any of its flavor. We at Yamashiro invite you to order a bottle on your next visit and drink up!

New Year’s Eve 2014 at Yamashiro

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2014 was quite a year, as we saw Yamashiro turn 100 years old! Please join us this New Year’s Eve to finish off the century of Yamashiro with a bang and welcome in 2015!

What can you expect? A night of DJs, dancing, photo booth, party favors, champagne toasts, and of course, a a special 4-course dinner prepared by our own Chef Brock!

Take a look at the full menu and see what looks good. Then hurry up and make your reservations because spots are limited! We hope to you see you atop Mt. Yamashiro ringing in 2015 with us!

For more details and to make your reservation visit our New Year’s Eve page.

Los Angeles City Names Hill Mt. Yamashiro

Mt. Yamashiro

On Tuesday, December 9 2014, Yamashiro had the pleasure of hosting the Los Angeles City Historical Society’s annual holiday gala. Among those honored for their service to the city was Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge, as well as the owners of Yamashiro Mr. and Mrs. Glover.

The Glovers were presented awards of recognition for Yamashiro from Councilman LaBonge. We were especially thrilled by one of the awards that officially named the hill on which Yamashiro resides as Mt. Yamashiro.

What a tremendous honor to receive from Councilman LaBonge and the LA City Historical Society. It reinforces how proud we are to be so deeply rooted in Los Angeles and its history.

Next time you visit make sure to keep an eye out for the Mt. Yamashiro sign!

Thanksgiving Tips from Chef Brock

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Who better to get Thanksgiving cooking tips from a world class chef? Luckily we have one in-house in our own Chef Brock. The chef was kind enough to share with us a few tips for adding some unique flavors to your Thanksgiving dinner:

1. “Every year I make my own cranberry sauce – 5 Spice-candied ginger cranberries.”
Ingredients
2 C Fresh Cranberries
1 TB Fresh Ginger – minced
3 TB Crystal Ginger – chopped
1 Tsp Curry Powder
½ Tsp 5-spice
1 ½ c Sugar
2 C Red Wine

Directions
1. Cook cranberries and fresh ginger with a little vegetable oil until cranberries begin to burst.
2. Add wine and sugar – reduce.
3. Add the rest of ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

2.Brine the turkey overnight. I use Alton Brown’s Turkey Brine – fool proof and delicious. Also – don’t burn it.”

3. “I have been using the turkey leftovers the next day and cooking them with my red mole sauce – and then having tacos for leftovers. It is fun, different than the previous night’s traditional dinner, and very Californian – it also goes great with the 5 spice ginger cranberries.”

Chef Brock’s 5-Spice Ginger Cranberries

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And we’re sure you are thinking about what you’ll be preparing for this year’s feast. At Yamashiro we always like to take the traditional and add a little “spice” to it. With that in mind, we’d like to share with you Chef Brock’s very own recipe for 5-Spice Candied Ginger Cranberries – a unique spin on the traditional Thanksgiving cranberry dish.

Ingredients

2 C Fresh Cranberries
1 TB Fresh Ginger – minced
3 TB Crystal Ginger – chopped
1 Tsp Curry Powder
½ Tsp 5-spice
1 ½ c Sugar
2 C Red Wine

Directions

1. Cook cranberries and fresh ginger with a little vegetable oil until cranberries begin to burst.
2. Add wine and sugar – reduce.
3. Add the rest of ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

This year consider foregoing the same old can of cranberries and opt to add a little spice to your Thanksgiving dinner!

Seikyo Namazake: Rare Seasonal Sake at Yamashiro

Seikyo Namazake

We’re excited to announce that Yamashiro is now serving Seikyo Namazake. This is a rare seasonal sake that typically does not make it to the United States very often. In fact, only 50 cases of this fine Japanese beverage were sent to the US.

Seikyo Namazake is a sake of the highest quality that is produced by Nakao Brewery in Takehara, Japan. Nakao uses Omachi rice, which was discovered over 150 years ago and is one of the oldest existing sake rices. The sake through a fermentation and a brewing process that shares more similarities to that of beer than wine.

The result is a sake that has a rich and soft taste with crisp notes of ripe watermelon, mango, and citrus in the finish. You will notice it tastes much more bright, rich and fruity than your typical sake. We encourage you to come try Seikyo Namazake for yourself before this rare gem runs out!