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Yamashiro
 
 
 
 
 
 
                  an Imperial Dining 
                            Experience 
 

    Yamashiro, created in 1911 was a private residence for two brothers to house their collection from the far east.  This magnificent structure was named Yamashiro, meaning "Mountain Place." During the golden age of Hollywood  it served as a club for the ultra-exclusive "Club of the Four Hundred," Hollywood's most famous stars and movie moguls. 

    After approaching this ominous palace by way of a steep, winding private road into the Hollywood Hills we were met by the most charming General Manager, Patrick O'Brien. We were then seated in a marvelous window booth and greeted by Nori, a beautiful server who took wonderful care of us.  

    For cocktails, dining, banquets, weddings and parties, its breathtaking view and eight acres of gardens are a setting for a memorable experience. We ordered exciting appetizers including California Roll and a Spring Roll, filled with chopped vegetables and chicken. The spiced mussels were tender and steamed in sake and Japanese spices, a delightful crispy, sesame coated chicken with a tangy dipping sauce. Next we enjoyed wonderful butterflied shrimp sautéed in coconut milk with shredded coconut, crispy on the outside, a tender beef wrapped around asparagus and a lightly battered tempura assortment that certainly tickled the taste buds. One would think this was enough food, but with the excellent service, relaxing atmosphere and the charming Nori attended to our every wish, we were looking forward to what ever was to come. 

    There are all kinds of exotic drinks to sip such as Scorpions, Mai Ti's, Zombies and the like. The manager Patrick made certain that during our breather from the amazing array of appetizers that we had a sampling of these marvelous libation's to share. The salad selections are terrific, we sampled the Endive with Japanese Pears, artichokes, asparagus and almonds, and Curried shrimp with pineapple and a warm curry dressing, there are many more interesting concoctions to try. A variety of sushi and sashimi samplings were offered, we enthusiastically accepted and thoroughly enjoyed the fresh delectable addition. 

    The multitude of entries available are quite exciting and the chef is ready and willing to accommodate and special combination requested. But how about the following selection, just to peak your appetite. It's called the Yamashiro feast and it's served in sumptuous courses. Miso soup, Yamashiro salad, Shrimp and vegetable tempura, Swordfish with Asian salsa, Teriyaki Beef and Lobster tail with fresh vegetables. What ever you decide, you'll be pleased and excited with the portions and presentation. It is worth the experience and one you won't forget! 

    We topped of this perfect evening with a stroll through the meticulously manicured Japanese gardens along the winding pathways complete with streams, fountains and one of the most spectacular views of Hollywood from the downtown skyline clear to the pacific. We then entered the bustling, but intimate lounge, where we enjoyed a special coffee libation sided by a sambuca, not quite keeping to the theme, but the omnipresent traditional Japanese flair and glass enclosed housing ended the evening on that perfect note. By the way, we did muster the room to try the coconut sherbet served in a fresh split coconut, one of the many fabulous deserts offered. 

    Yamashiro is arguably on of the finest establishments in Hollywood, a favorite among visitors and residents. For all of the splendor and beauty of the grounds the fare is equally as magnificent. If you haven't been to Yamashiro, you are without a doubt missing a one of a kind pleasure in life and if you haven't had a visit lately, I highly recommend that you refresh your mind and palate with this ultimate dining experience rich in history and a pleasure topped by none.            By Carol Wyckoff

Yamashiro
1999 North Sycamore Avenue - Hollywood - 323-466-5125

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