Bar Hayama

★★★★★

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Bar Hayama just opened a few weeks ago. It is on Sawtelle, but at the intersection with Nebraska, not on the strip between La Grange and Olympic. It is where Sasabune (sp?) used to be. We were walking by, since my dad lives in the neighborhood, and we decided to give it a try. It was pretty packed and we really should have had reservations - definitely make reservations if you plan to be there on a weekend - but they were kind enough to accommodate us with an outside table.

They layout of the restaurant is really interesting. The outdoor area includes counter seating in a square around a fire pit, which really looked spectacular as it became darker. Next time we go, I want to sit there. At least when we were there last night, they didn't have heaters for the other outdoor tables, so if it is cool and you expect to sit outside, you may want to dress warmly. Unless you're from Canada and the temperature doesn't bother you.

The menu includes a really interesting array of kozara (small dishes), sushi and sashimi, and some mainline entrees. We ordered a mass of kozara, largely based on what looked interesting, and they were all good. We had the fried tofu, garlic edamame, fried frogs legs, whitefish carpaccio, crab cigars, grilled squid, and the Scandinavian salmon. There may have been or two more dishes that I have forgotten. I liked the whitefish carpaccio the most. The portions in the kozara were reasonable, so all four of us could get a reasonable taste of each.

We also ordered an array of sushi and sashimi, along with a tuna handroll, all of which were good. The fish were nice and fresh.

The sake menu is spectacular. They have something like 50 or 60 sakes on the menu. We were overwhelmed by the possibilities and ended up ordering some flights, I think the classic and the legacy.

The staff were all friendly and attentive.

We'll be going back there.

This seems like it would be a great place to entertain out of town guests. The fire pit is spectacular and would be a memorable Los Angeles experience I think for anyone from out of town. The way the tables are laid out it looks like they could accommodate large parties with advance notice.

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★★★★★

Bar Hayama just opened a few weeks ago. It is on Sawtelle, but at the intersection with Nebraska, not on the strip between La Grange and Olympic. It is where Sasabune (sp?) used to be. We were walking by, since my dad lives in the neighborhood, and we decided to give it a try. It was pretty packed and we really should have had reservations - definitely make reservations if you plan to be there on a weekend - but they were kind enough to accommodate us with an outside table.

They layout of the restaurant is really interesting. The outdoor area includes counter seating in a square around a fire pit, which really looked spectacular as it became darker. Next time we go, I want to sit there. At least when we were there last night, they didn't have heaters for the other outdoor tables, so if it is cool and you expect to sit outside, you may want to dress warmly. Unless you're from Canada and the temperature doesn't bother you.

The menu includes a really interesting array of kozara (small dishes), sushi and sashimi, and some mainline entrees. We ordered a mass of kozara, largely based on what looked interesting, and they were all good. We had the fried tofu, garlic edamame, fried frogs legs, whitefish carpaccio, crab cigars, grilled squid, and the Scandinavian salmon. There may have been or two more dishes that I have forgotten. I liked the whitefish carpaccio the most. The portions in the kozara were reasonable, so all four of us could get a reasonable taste of each.

We also ordered an array of sushi and sashimi, along with a tuna handroll, all of which were good. The fish were nice and fresh.

The sake menu is spectacular. They have something like 50 or 60 sakes on the menu. We were overwhelmed by the possibilities and ended up ordering some flights, I think the classic and the legacy.

The staff were all friendly and attentive.

We'll be going back there.

This seems like it would be a great place to entertain out of town guests. The fire pit is spectacular and would be a memorable Los Angeles experience I think for anyone from out of town. The way the tables are laid out it looks like they could accommodate large parties with advance notice.

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