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L.A. is renowned for its sushi spots tucked away in anonymous strip malls from Santa Monica to Studio City.
None is like Urasawa, the namesake chef's tiny, hidden, whispered-about dining den at 218 N. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where he administers kaiseki, extensive tasting menus that incorporate not just raw rarities -- firefly squid from Toyama, Japan, or uni from Hokkaido (not just the easier-to-obtain variant from Santa Barbara) -- but other elements of traditional Japanese cooking, including shabu-shabu.
Urasawa, who eschews press, took over the address from his mentor Masa Takayama after Takayama opened Masa at New York's Time Warner Center. And just as Masa is in Manhattan, Urasawa is by far the most expensive restaurant in town, the bill easily coming to $500 per person.