Tasty, tantalizing and totally gourmet — Tsubaki
This Echo Park tavern is the talk of the town amongst ale-obsessed epicureans, sake savants and food fetishizers with a thing for nipponica.
Tsubaki is a dishy and delightful little restaurant nestled in Echo Park (near downtown LA). Run by deft duo Charles Namba (former chef at Bouchon and Chanterelle) and Courtney Kaplan (sake and wine specialist with oodles of experience working at Japanese Brasserie EN, etc.), the bistro is becoming celebrated for its scintillating slant on hybrid nipponica motifs. Conceptually, Tsubaki takes on the trappings of Izakaya (a niche twist on Japanese tavern style) fused with a pluralistic palate and a savory, world-class assortment of sakes, wines, spirits and artisanal ales. Charles and Courtney are top-gun exponents of Izakaya, capturing the quintessence of Japanese gastropub in all its glory, gall, textures and techniques. VIVISXN ordered the rice wine marinated foie-gras with pickled pear and salmon roe (one of the most next-level dishes in the land!) and coupled it with Bushido ‘warrior’ sake, a gulp that gushed with tropical notes and palate-spunging samurai zest. Also recommended: the mouth-watering sukiyaki steak enveloped in earthy mushrooms, chrysanthemum leaves, and topped with soft egg served on a sizzling hot skillet. Waaa! Wash it down with a few gingery Hitachino Nest suds, some sweet potato-tanged Coedo Beniaka and feel the zeal wash over you like a warm epicurean cleanse. Go visit Chef Charles and Courtney at Tsubaki → 1356 Allison Avenue, Los Angeles – 213 900 4900 → Yum!
VIVISXN – Food Fetish + Japanese Beer + Super Sake