This darkly attractive Japanese gastropub in Asiatown is owned by the Tran brothers, of the nearby Ohn Korean Eatery and four other restaurants, each unique. And it looks to be another winner. The floating world murals on walls are ribbed and hatched in dark wood; a grid of glowing locked cabinets holds patrons’ stash of private whisky. Best of all, the food and cocktails are unpretentious, imaginative, and very good. Ice-cold whisky highballs pair well with everything from delicate sashimi and yakitori skewers to ramens and large grilled items. Amberjack sashimi started us well, and then the skewers began to arrive: shiitake, okra, ribeye, short rib, prawn, pork tongue (good!), followed by an ume chicken breast with salt, sake, and plum paste.
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Another successful offspring of Asiatown’s Tran dynasty.