There are a small handful of masterful Japanese restaurants in the US – temples where you surrender choice & freedom to the chef. True, there are thousands of sushi restaurants and “ethnic” (re: cheaper) places in strip malls across the country, but there are very few restaurants that demand, and deserve, awe.
Urasawa in LA has positioned itself to be one of those few restaurants, serving a kaiseki meal that consists of up to 30 courses with a 3-5 hour duration. Urasaw also trained under Masa when he operated Ginza-ko Sushi in the same spot before his Masa enterprise in NYC. Urasawa is now mentioned in the same breath as Masa (NY) in quality and some long-time patrons says the student has surpassed the master. Could this be true?