218 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
By Reservation Only
Precious gems gain value not from their elaborate settings but from the cut, color and clarity of the stones themselves. So it is at Urasawa, a jewel of a restaurant stripped down to its bare elements of ingredients, flavors and preparation.
The setting on the surface seems basic: an unfinished maple counter, Spartan stools, bare walls. Then chef-owner Hiroyuki Urasawa and his staff color in the picture in glorious detail with their unique and personalized cuisine.
Urasawa inherited its format and address from Ginza Sushi-ko, the ultra expensive sushi bar owned by Masa Takayama that gained fame for its high-priced meals of exquisite seafood served nightly to a mere handful of clients. When Takayama moved on to New York to open Masa and Bar Masa in the Time Warner Center, his sous chef, Hiroyuki “Hiro” Urasawa, stepped in, changing the concept to a broader kaiseki menu that defies description.
Source - Louis Charles - Gayot