is a new hot Asian bistro with food so sublime that words cannot
do the dishes justice.
This cozy 49
seat bistro is named after it's chef Mako Tanaka, former protege
of Wolfgang Puck. Like Wolfgang Puck, Mako is busy in the open kitchen,
but still finds time to come out to warmly greet his guests.
Mako was executive
chef at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant for three years and then
eight years at the tony Chinois on Main. Mako is responsible
for bringing the Asian fusion concept to New York when he opened
the China Grill.
Mako began his
culinary career by apprenticing in his family restaurant in Kyoto,
Japan. Now, after a lifelong distinguished career as a star chef,
he has opened his own restaurant.
can stop by the Beverly Hills bistro and sip fine wines and martinis
while waiting for the chance to taste Mako's creations.
Every dish is
a masterpiece, prepared imaginatively such as the Whole Lobster
served with Mushroom Thai Basil and Pasta, and the delicious Grilled
Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Spinach with Sweet Sake Soy Sauce
on the side.
Even the Roasted
Chicken is a work of art with Sticky Rice in a Tomato Soy, Porcini
and Shitake Mushroom Sauce. Try the appetizer Sauteed Foie Gras
with Poached Pear in a Whole Grain Mustard Soy Glaze and Fresh Wasabi.
Oh, and the desserts are heavenly creations by noted pastry chef
with AsianConnections the recipe of his Black Vinegar Chinese Sake
of special sauces by great chefs are always treasures. Guests at
our table swooned with ecstasy, as they tasted the fresh sashimi,
so we dared to ask Mako about his signature special sauce.
Click for recipe
Black Vinegar Chinese Sake Ginger Sauce
225 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212
thanks Brian Uy, digital entertainment producer and President of
Havana Cabana, the "in" restaurant in Honolulu for introducing us
to Mako. Members in the photo toasting Mako are of Brian's friends
and family including cousin, USC medical student Jeffrey Uy (L).
- Suzanne Kai and Mike Kai