Family Supper and high-brow "guerilla" residencies such as LudoBites, pop-ups may not be anything new, just surprisingly rare in this city obsessed with the next best meal. That's why I was so delighted to see West Third bakery/cafe Breadbar's schedule of takeovers throughout the summer. I recently made it to Chefs Kazuo Shimamura and Noriyuki Sugie of Ironnori Concepts' "Yatai Ramen Twist", now in its last week for their classic versions -and modern twists- on the popular Japanese street food.
The stellar service however is what set this experience apart from other bittersweet dining ventures. The two servers running the entire shop were deft, graceful, and light-spirited, casually joking when appropriate, and quick on their feet to satisfy every need of ours. It truly felt like a family supper in the end, all the way to our departure at closing time, catching the two dancing while they tidied up inside. As we stood up from our patio residence chef Shimamura appeared to ask us if we enjoyed ourselves. We had, and with that the scale was tipped. The walk to the car was one of satisfaction, loaded with the added privilege of a glimpse into Yatai's authentic beating heart.
Space is limited for Yatai | Ramen Twist.
Call 310.205.0124 or visit opentable.com for reservations
Monday-Saturday from 5-10pm until July 24th
8718 West 3rd St. 310.205.0124