Kato

11925 Santa Monica Blvd.
Sawtelle, California 90025
424-535-3041
Critics' Pick
Kato +

Anne Fishbein

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  • Tues.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Kato is that it pulls off something few restaurants are able to make viable — the chef's choice tasting menu. Part of Kato's appeal has to do with what economists refer to as a "low barrier to entry." A five-course dinner here will cost you $49 before tax and tip (actually, it's more like eight courses, once you include two snacks and a dessert). Kato's tasting menu is a borderline steal. It's probably worth twice the price. More importantly, though, it's a reminder that, even when done simply, the dramatic unfolding of a tasting menu can be captivating and unabashed fun, a sensory pleasure-fest on par with immersing your brain in a Stranger Things binge or streaming the new Frank Ocean album in full. As much as we covet the power of choice, entrusting yourself to a chef with a story to tell — letting someone else dictate what you put into your mouth, more or less — is still the most exciting way to eat. In this case, it probably helps when the check stings a little less, too. - Garrett Snyder Read our full review.

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