February 12, 2003
Ginza Sushi-Ko in Beverly Hills, the only restaurant besides Bastide to be awarded four stars by the Los Angeles Times, will close at the end of March, chef and owner Masa Takayama said. Last year, Takayama announced plans to transplant his exclusive, reservation-only restaurant to the new AOL Time Warner tower on Columbus Circle in New York, but he had not given a closing date for Beverly Hills. The restaurant is still taking reservations.
December 2, 2001
I was shocked when I saw S. Irene Virbila's four-star review of Ginza Sushi-Ko ("Essence of Excellence," Restaurants, Nov. 11). Early on, she wrote, "Every time I've eaten at Ginza Sushi-Ko, [sushi master Masa Takayama] has come up with something new and startling." Imagine going to a place where there is no menu, you eat what is put before you and pay $300 or more for the privilege. And Virbila apparently has done this frequently. What does the initial "S" stand for? "Snob"? Norman McCracken Northridge I respect Virbila's technical skills as a restaurant critic, but I think there is a thin line between a fine dining experience and being taken as someone's patsy.
December 23, 2009
Hotel-casino Aria, the Cesar Pelli-designed centerpiece of Las Vegas' $8.5-billion CityCenter, has opened, along with restaurants from chefs such as Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, Michael Mina and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Directly off Aria's lobby is Takayama's Japanese restaurant Bar Masa, designed by Richard Bloch, with a three-story high entrance and seating for 256. (Shaboo, the more intimate shabu-shabu restaurant located inside Bar Masa, is set to open this weekend.
February 15, 1998 |
We dutifully order sake at Japanese restaurants, but we order it generically, as if there were just one giant sake bottle in the world. The so-called rice wine is more accurately a still beer made from the fermented grain, and it can be traced back nearly 1,500 years. It's a mildly herb-flavored beverage, with a wide range, from sweet to dry, with varying degrees of fruitiness, that goes particularly well with seafood.
May 23, 2002 |
Ginza Sushi-Go? Masa Takayama, owner and sushi maof Ginza Sushi-Ko, is considering leaving Beverly Hills. His small, reservation-only restaurant is the most expensive in L.A. (and possibly the country), with prices starting at $300 a head. Takayama has been at his Rodeo Drive location for eight years. His reason for leaving? "I'd like to try a new place," he tells us. "I like to try new things."
April 22, 2004 |
There are thousands of mom-and-pop and ethnic restaurants in L.A. strip malls, many quite ambitious. Even Masa Takayama, whose Ginza Sushiko garnered four stars when it was in Beverly Hills, started out in a mid-Wilshire mini-mall. Still, it's a surprise to find Tamarin, a new contemporary Indian restaurant, tucked into a nondescript mall on Olympic Boulevard just west of Doheny Drive.