An experience at chef Hiroyuki Urasawa's namesake ultra-upscale restaurant on Rodeo Drive is so unique that despite the prices, it is a great value. Figure this, your very own private chef (up to ten patrons) will prepare, in a completely original fashion, organic ingredients freshly flown from Japan, chosen according to your reservation suggestions. There is a basic nine-course here succeeded by the sushi selections that starts at $250 per person and goes up from there.
Should we mention a totally sensual toro seared in front of you on a hot plate or a light scallop and foie gras shabu shabu simmered with the assistance of the Urasawa staff? The fact is that in these days of interactivity, instead of a computer, you get to have a real someone to observe and vice versa to build an unmatched dining experience. Live prawns become instant sushi. And finally the sushi is more about the fish than the rice. Everything is registered to help get to the next course or for a future meal, but you'd never know it.
Everything is custom made and chosen by Urasawa-san himself, from the flower arrangements to the ice carvings, the antique tableware and even the salt. Chef has trained exclusively in Japan and worked in this location---then called Ginza Sushi-Ko with Masa Takayama, who moved to New York to open Masa and Bar Masa. A very short, exclusively French wine list (with the exception of a Kistler Chardonnay) is there to accompany your four hour journey, although we'd recommend to dine with one of the regional sakes, such as Kubota Manju from Niigata, that pair perfectly with the food.
All this sounds like a feasting extravaganza---that it is, but the best part of it is that you actually feel good the next morning.