There are probably a hundred Japanese restaurants (including a half dozen of LA's best) between my home in the West Valley and Asanebo. My wife and I happily blow by all of them for dinner at Asanebo. Strictly speaking, I'm not sure it's a Japanese restaurant. We've had meals here where we never saw a grain of rice. Cooked dishes may include fruit and other ingredients that aren't typical of Japanese cuisine (at least IME). To be sure, the straight up Japanese menu items are wonderful, but the real gems here are quirky house specialties. I'd call it Japanese fusion. I'd also call it great.
Prices are certainly high, but not remarkable relative to other top LA tables.
Bottom Line: This is probably my favorite restaurant in LA.
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