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Orris, sometimes described as an Asian “tapas bar,'' is a marriage between California casual and the Japanese izakaya, a great place to drop in for a beaker of daiginjo sake and a plate or two of smoked scallops garnished with salmon roe, seared tuna with sweet onion marmalade, or even what amounts to lamb sashimi - food to wash down with sake, not with a glass of Bierzo. Its location, convenient to the Nuart and the manga-intensive shopping strip anchored by the Giant Robot complex, couldn't be better, and the small wine list, as well as the sake list, is swell. And although chef Hideo Yamashiro isn't cooking the fried catfish with ponzu that made him famous at his South Pasadena restaurant Shiro, the fried seafood is awfully good, especially the tempura shrimp dusted with house-made curry powder and served with a moist little mound of Okinawan sea salt. See full review.
Orris chef-owner Hideo Yamashiro likes to call the small plates of food that are his favorite way to eat "little munchies." This recipe, for curry-infused shrimp tempura, is a popular item on the shor... More »
Hideo Yamashiro, one of the first chefs to blend French and Japanese cuisine in Los Angeles, has been at his Westside bistro, Orris, for almost six years now. Japanese chefs working their way up the... More »
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Photos by Anne FishbeinTucked into the same complex as a shabu-shabu parlor, a pricey sushi bar and the local outlet of the boba chain Lollicup, Orris is the newest citizen of Sawtelle’s Japanese-restaurant row, with a long sushi-bar-like ... More »
This place has been on some people's radar for a while, but I finally just tried it. It's a very unassuming storefront (it's not the most ambient restaurant - so try to sit on the enclosed patio out front for the best vibe/acoustics), but the food makes up for it. They don't take reservations and won't seat you until your entire party is there, but are happy to serve you drinks (nice wine/beer/sake list) until you are seated. The menu is Asian fusion tapas, true "small plates" but large enough to share if you order enough (and you want to try as much as you can!). There are seasonal and nightly specials, plus their standard menu full of such delicious stand-by's as the steak with roquefort sauce (which you only want to dip the meat in ever so slightly because it's quite rich), albacore in lettuce cups with olives and jalapeno, and curried tempura-fried shrimp (trust me, it's insane). If they have the lobster salad with green beans and truffle oil as a special, get it! They also offer some good desserts, some basic (chocolate cake, creme brulee, apple tart), but some more fun (passionfruit cheesecake as well as various flavored sorbets). Come hungry and let the waitstaff guide you towards beverage pairings - it's a very chill place to enjoy some high end food.
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