In my never ending search for great Japanese restaurants, I came across Wadatsumu by Harikawa on Pico Blvd. This place is right next to the Westside Pavilion and across the street from the Backhouse.
As far as I can tell, they don’t have their own parking and I’m not sure what happens if you park at the Pavilion and they catch you walking over to the restaurant. We got luck and parked on the street but that may never happen again. This place doesn’t look like your traditional Japanese restaurant, and has a nice modern updated look that I really liked.
For starters, we tried the Lobster sunomono ($14). This is a tasty starter (see below) but very small and not big enough for sharing.
Baked salmon with avocado ($5) was next but I didn’t try it myself.
Instead of trying out the Wagyu steak here, which is their featured item, I decided to try their Wadatsumi Gozen set, which starts with some home made tofu (see below). As you can see, it’s shaped a little like a pudding but is not sweet but has the same viscosity as pudding.
This set comes with a little bit of very fresh sashimi (see below) on the left.
And more sashimi on the right.
The main course is some salmon, katsu, and a tiny salad (see below). It was clear everything was freshly made to order and the katsu reminded me of great one I got at Kimukatsu.
All in all, I loved everything I tried here but there are so many other things I want to try out, including the Wagyu beef. I’ll definitely be coming back. Oh, by the way, the hot green tea is free here.
Wadatsumi By Harikawa
10914 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064