Bar Hayama is a great place to go on Sawtelle Blvd in WLA for Japanese food. The menu is large (sometimes overwhelming!) and there is something for everybody! You got your sushi, you got your shishito peppers (a must to order - forget about edamame!), you got your vegetarian dishes and the list goes on.
Oh, and sake! Whoo hoo - they have sake flights (not the aerial kind) for those rice wine enthusiasts. The waitress we had was very knowledgeable about sake which was helpful for my friend with the discerning taste buds. Sit outside around the fire pit. Not good for a group but great for a couple. They also expanded their outdoor bar seating. The seats face the street with not such a great view (well you can watch the Plan Check customers eating burgers across the street). But with a few appetizers and sakes, who cares. There are two menus - daily specials and the regular one. Plan to spend about 10 minutes perusing your choices!
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