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New Yamashiro Brunch Carries on Regal Japanese Legacy

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(Gerry Furth-Sides) Notes of Japanese and other Asian cuisines skip across the new Yamashiro Brunch Menu of international classics.   Drama to this unique dining experience starts building at the start of the rural winding road up Franklin, just blocks from bustling Hollywood and Highland.

Thhe view “from the front door” (courtesy of Donald Herman)

The famous original “Buddha” just down the hill (photo courtesy Yamashiro)

The brunch also celebrates the new (year and a half) ownership of the longtime special occasion favorite. Three generation of happy ladies celebrate a birthday at the party below.

Private rooms are divided off naturally within the sprawling space.  We did not even hear, let alone see a party in an adjoining private room.  The mesmerizing “garden room”  (below) replicates the classic banquet hall style of Japan.

A Japanese Collins is made refreshing with cucumber soda along with Stoli vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup echoes the garden colors,  perfect for slow sipping and meditation.

The Asian-inspired cocktail list balances refreshing and tart with subtle sweetness.  (left) A Japanese High Ball features Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint and ginger beer.  (right) A Hiro Tokyo Mule features HIRO sake, lime juice and ginger beer served in classic copper mug branded with the distinguished HIRO sake logo.

The signature Yamashiro Egg Benedict features two Poached Farm Eggs topped with a Wasabi Hollandaise, Black Tobiko and Scallions, with Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon, Grilled Asparagus over an English Muffin.

(photo courtesy of Donald Herman)

 

 The kitchen thoughtfully and carefully made one “hard” poached egg and one “soft one, and then made up two individual plates.

(photo courtesy of Donald Herman)

Sake Sambal and Ginger BBQ Sauce  paint the plate and the Asian Baby Back BBQ Ribs. The ribs are cooked in Duck Fat Confit to make them juicer and unique.

Blueberry and Yuzu pancakes topped with whipped cream are served with  (real) warm maple syrup.  Manager, Jared, pointed out that the blueberries keep the pancakes extra moist.

 

A very subtle, sweet Wasabi Dressing tops the Asian Chicken Salad made up of mixed greens, Mandarin Grilled chicken and green onions with julienned wonton crunchies in the mix.  Shreds of delicate Chinese cabbage add a unique flavor and lacey texture.

The universal favorite burger, is elevated into a Snake River Farm Wagyu Burger, carrying through the Asian influence with Napa Cabbage and Yamashiro Spicy Mayonnaise folded into the brioche bun, along with tomato.  Perfect, crisp shards of Sweet Potato Fries are served with Sambal Maple Syrup and ketchup.

The rest of the menu includes egg dishes and French toast dishes.

The exterior wrap around dining room

Below is the vibrant, new elevated sushi bar and dining room with wrap-around seating that affords a spectacular view of the city.

 

Yamashiro,  1999 Sycamore Ave., in Hollywood.  Hours:  week-days 5-11 p.m. Weekends 5 p.m. to midnight. Sunday Brunch service rom 11-3 PM.  Please see www.Yamashirohollywood.com for or phone 323.466.5125 for more information.

Originally built as a private residence for the Bernheimer brothers, Yamashiro (“Mountain Palace” in Japanese) took its inspiration from their passion for classical Asian art and architecture. Over its 102-year life, Yamashiro operated as a brothel, boarding house and elite Hollywood cocktail lounge in 1963 before becoming a full-service restaurant.

Yamashiro’s regal Asian influences and breathtaking 180-degree views from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica shore have been featured in popular films.

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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.