By Justin Chao
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to see your city through someone else’s eyes. Our friend Lishan came to visit from London. She had never been to LA before and she loves to eat. Of course, we had a great time. And it was great to rediscover some of the places that we love, but that we had maybe forgotten about.
The first night she arrived we went to Robata Jinya. The skewers and ramen are so good. I especially enjoy the tsukune (chicken meatball) and chicken thigh oyster skewers. The skewers are grilled at high heat adding a lot of flavor to the meat.
Another highlight was Sugarfish in Santa Monica. Sugarfish is pretty low key, but the fish is extremely fresh. I ordered the Nozawa which comes with six types of sushi, two handrolls, sashimi, and edamame. The rice is still warm and loosely packed which served as a nice contrast to the cold fish. My favorite was the blue crab handroll.
We also went to Water Grill. I had heard that it had been remodeled, so I was curious to see it—especially since I used to work there. They did a good job with the remodel. It was no longer so stodgy and had a more modern feel. The menu was pretty much the same, but the restaurant was really busy compared to when I used to work there. We ordered the Deluxe iced shellfish platter with a side of sea urchin. I love Water Grill's chilled seafood platters and it was just as good as I remember. The sea urchin was also the best I’ve had in LA.
Lishan’s last night here. We went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Pixar in Concert. They had a large screen on stage where they played clips from Pixar movies while the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra played the music from the movies. The show started around sunset. The view was amazing as well as the music. Even though I’m not much of a Pixar fan, I really enjoyed myself and would highly recommend going.