Totoraku – West Los Angeles

We took friends to Totoraku for their first experience.  I had warned them that there was zero ambiance, that it was run as a private club, that it was smoky and that basically it is beef and more beef.

 

ambiance

Ambiance

 

kaz

Chef Kaz

 

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Appetizer Plate

Melon and Prosciutto

Asparagus with walnut paste

Fresh White Turbot

Hard Boiled Quail Egg topped with Caviar

Shrimp

Broccoli and Blue Cheese

Fresh Bamboo Shoots

Sauteed Abalone

Pork gelee

Smoked Salmon Roll with avocado and sprouts

 

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Close-up

 

ribeye1

Beef Ribeye

 

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Steak tartar – to be mixed by the diner

 

2nd-meat

Beef Tongue (to be eaten with lemon sauce)


Ashima, Kaz’s wife now brings out the grill.

 

filet

Filet Mignon with onion, pepper, mushrooms

 

filet-on-grill

The filet on the grill

 

Not pictured:

Crudites
 – a bowl of veggies – carrots, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage with a small bowl of miso dipping sauce or more like a paste.

 “Salad” of cut up tomatoes

 

outside-ribeye

Outside of the Ribeye

 

inside-ribeye

Inside of the Ribeye

 

ishortrib

Shortribs

 

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Skirt Steak

 

Not pictured – soup for me

 

iceecream

Ice Cream

 

We BYO’d wine from my husband’s cellar. He picked unusual things that our friends might not have tasted before as they aren’t from the US.

NV – Gruet, Brut Blanc de Noirs, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2002 – Edi Jimiic, Chardonnay, Slovenia

200 – Pinot Noir, Santa Ynez Valley, Melville Vineyard, Lane Tanner, California

1988 – Ch. Cos D’Estournel, Saint Estephe, France

1992 – Ridge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montebello Santa Cruz Mountains, California

1988 – Essenia, California Muscat, Andreww Quady, Madera, California

The menu doesn’t change that much from one time to another so this is not the sort of place you would go to once a week. But Kaz and Ashima are wonderful hosts, the beef is superb and it remains an unique and wonderful experience.

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2 Responses to “Totoraku – West Los Angeles”


  1. 1 Loving Annie February 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Hello Lizziee,
    No puppy pictures ?

    Who cares about ambiance when the meat looks that good ? 🙂

    p.s. I still remember your cheesecake and how good it was !

  2. 2 YoBro February 26, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Lizee The food looks great but we need to see doggie pictures. Hey why do you have three dogs.


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