Takami Sushi and Robata is a culinary gem in the skies of Los Angeles. I live in Santa Monica, a coastal town outside of Los Angeles – therefore most of my days are spent cooking my own meals or staying very local. The traffic into the city and back isn’t something I’m in the mood for most days. This particular day, I was already downtown and as the sun was setting on this particular day of Ramadan, Takami was the option.
Takami is at 8th and Wilshire, you walk into the massive building, beyond the desk, await your elevator and punch your ticket to the 21st floor. The welcoming committee is polite and will promptly seat you in this amazing restaurant that basically gives you a panoramic view of the Los Angeles skyline. I would suggest on most nights that you and or your date wear long sleeves or bring something along in case it gets a bit chilly.
I started off with the Arare Calamari (As Seen Above) which is probably the best calamari I have ever had in my life. The Calamari is perfectly done, tempura style in Japanese rice crackers. They provide you with the customary lemon slice and the most amazing Curry Aioli dipping sauce. They hit a home-run with this off the bat. I was taken aback to be quite honest. Perfect texture, not overly cooked, perfection. I wanted to order some to go but I didn’t want to be greedy, especially since I had not began to decide on my main course.
I decided I’d go with the Chilean Sea Bass. However, who goes to a sushi joint without trying the sushi? I asked the waitress which sushi roll did she suggest and she suggested what’s known as the “21st Roll”. I’m from 21st and Dauphin streets in North Philly so I didn’t go against the woman. This roll is destined for me! My roll came out and YES, YES IT WAS! The 21st Roll at Takami is made up of: Snow Crab Legs and Avocado around Spicy Tuna as well as Kanikami Crab topped with sweet and slight spicy Aioli’s. Could it be possible? Back to back homer’s? Takami was better at the plate than Los Angeles’ beloved Dodgers.
Sushi Photo Credit: Donna (Yelp)
Next up was the Miso Chilean Sea Bass with a side of mashed potatoes. Listen, you take one bite of the Chilean Sea Bass with the champagne Yuzu sauce and just shed a tear. It’s love. True love. They were a tad stingy with my sauce however another great moment in time. The portion was a bit small for my liking but maybe I’m just fat. Maybe.
The one complaint I’d have is the server. She was slow as hell. Snail slow. While the food was pretty great, the ambiance was amazing, the view was amazing, the wait for her to refill drinks, the check etc., was beyond criminal. In comparison to other Sushi restaurants I have been to, what Takami lacks in variety, it makes up for in flavor. Ra Sushi gives you more variety. Takami bests them in the actual flavor department.
If you have the patience of a saint and want an very good dining experience in L.A., check out Takami Sushi and Robata. I will be back for the Robata one day. Hopefully it gets delivered promptly and sets the bar for my taste buds even higher.