Hmmm… moving onto less-controversial subjects, at least for now… does anyone know if this Japanese restaurant still exists (thanks to Jesse for the tip):
I called the number listed for Teriyaki House on Pico, and got a Japanese voicemail asking me to leave my name and number. I left a message in Japanese asking for restaurant hours. 30 minutes later I get a call back from a very nervous sounding Japanese man. He was very polite (albeit nervous!) and asked where I got the number from, and I told him I get it from the yellow pages. He then asked, “which restaurant?” and I said “Teriyaki House” to which he replied “oh, this is not that.” So I said “you’re on Pico, right?” and he said “yes.” Anyway, he went on to explain that I cannot go unless a current customer referred me, and that I cannot make a reservation or even pop in for lunch. It’s omakase only, $100 per person. He apologized but seemed almost shaken that I’d found the number, when it is clearly in the yahoo yellowpages!?
This indeed is a secret place which seems to be frequented by Japanese entertainment types, and specializes in beef dishes (think Kobe). He’s heard that it is excellent and totally worth the price.
I wonder who Benecio knew to get into this place?