Yeah, I know that's mangled, but I couldn't stop thinking it from the moment I saw the word robata
, which is not a female robot, but, rather, a traditional Japanese fireplace or charcoal grill.
Some co-workers and I decided to try Elevate Lounge
today. It was closed, so we went to the neighboring Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant
. Even though it wasn't our intended destination, it was still a place worth visiting again.
Elevate and Takami are located on the twenty-first floor of a nondescript gray office building. Takami is a breath of fresh modern architectural air amidst the blandness and suits that are downtown. The decor smacks of typical West L.A./Hollywood-clean-lines-contemporary-cool. The lighting is dim and flattering. Long off-white lounge seating spans the length of the open-air restaurant walls, while deep brown booths, chairs, and tables reside in the inner sanctum.
Takami offers a number of interesting libations, including the Yuzu Berry (a yummy drink with an unknown liquor and fresh strawberries), Lychee Mojito (rum, lychee sake, mint, lychees, soda, and a sugar cane stick), and the Takami 10 (rum, apple sake, apple pucker, lemon juice, mint, and cucumbers), which I ordered and didn't really enjoy nearly as much as the sip I had of my friend's Yuzu Berry. The Lychee Mojito was a hit, too. A second of each was summoned to the table.
I was so busy stuffing my face that I forgot to document our first few dishes. (BTW, I've lost 19 pounds now and am just four pounds away from wedding weight, so I splurged on sushi without much guilt, not to mention RICE is exactly what my tummy needs after this past rough weekend!) We started with edamame, spicy yellowtail roll, spicy tuna roll, rainbow roll, spider roll, the Takami roll (spicy tuna, snow crab, asparagus, and albacore drizzled with apple ponzu sauce), and seared yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno.
To three of us, the last dish above tasted remarkably like albacore and not yellowtail. When we brought it up to our server, she swore it was yellowtail, and the manager came by to check on us. He also assured us it was yellowtail, just very thinly sliced. However, being the good manager he is, he gave us a fabulous huge dish of beautiful thick slices of yellowtail! (This convinced me more that our previous dish was, indeed, albacore, which I love, too, but these real
slices of yellowtail were fresh and substantial and melted in my mouth, which I can't say I experienced with the dish above.) We also ordered spicy tuna on crispy rice -- yummy, yummy, crunchy goodness! Always reliable! Always a treat!
I'm psyched to find another place to hang downtown, and I'm looking forward to returning for lunch and trying again to go to Elevate Lounge for real.
wow...fancy! Those cocktails sound incredible! BTW, it would be so fun to meet you! We should totally set something up! I think Jolene would love that too! :)ReplyDelete
Oh, I forgot...congratulations on being only 4 pounds away from your wedding weight! 19 pounds...that's awesome!!! My weight lost journey begins today...weight watchers here I come! Good-bye daily soy mocha lattes - they are 8 points (no wonder my pants don't fit!).ReplyDelete
Congrats on the weight loss!! My one year anniversary is coming up and I still have 10 lbs to go to get to my wedding weight (but what I really wish I could get back to was my high school weight) Fat chance! :)ReplyDelete
that sounds swanky and delish. i believe cee is going to elevate this weekend.ReplyDelete
I heard about this place from Daily Candy. I always wonder if they're telling the truth, but I guess they were. I'll have to check it out.ReplyDelete
OK, why did you order EVERYTHING that I ordered last night? Seriously! Yellowtail that was confused for seared albacore (I swear that happened) and spicy tuna on crispy rice (ymmmm!).ReplyDelete
Congrats on the 19lbs! That's like another human, albeit a baby one, but still!!!!ReplyDelete
everything looks amazing..yay to 19lbsReplyDelete
also you have been posting like a mad women, i can barely keep up =)
congrats on the weight loss...that's awesome! would definitely love to meet up. Lychee mojito...yum! Must.Try.Soon.ReplyDelete
I want sushi soooo baaaad right now. I haven't had it in forever. That place sounds cool, I'll have to check it out.ReplyDelete
those all sound fabulous. maybe i'll have to drag jim there one night.ReplyDelete
and a huge congrats on the weight loss! :)
i'm so glad you gave in and got something good in your tummy :) way to go on the weight loss - although it was kind of a rough way to get there, eh?ReplyDelete
Oooh. Must check out this place!ReplyDelete