Makoto Okuwa is a busy man these days. Not only is he executive chef at Manhattan Beach's Sashi Sushi + Sake Lounge, he recently appeared as a challenger on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Now he's headed north, bringing his Power of Miso menu to Breadbar Century City's Hatchi Series on Thursday, July 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Makoto's menu has eight ($8) courses — six savory and two sweet — among them miso butter-poached Loch Duart salmon; Taiwan miso ramen soup with ground steak, bean sprout, red hot chili and Inaniwa udon; and caramel miso cream with almond cinnamon crumble, apricot sorbet and buttermilk foam. Custom cocktails like the shiso mojito (shiso and lime mixed with rum, Cachaca, agave and garnished with plum and sesame seed) and Okuwa watermelon (watermelon, Shochu, lemon and gomme syrup) will be on mixed at the bar.

Breadbar's recurring Hatchi dinner series, co-created by Breadbar and chef Noriyuki Sugie, features a new guest chef the last Thursday of each month. The rest of summer's line-up: Chicks With Knives on August 26 and Steve Samson (formerly of Pizzeria Ortica and Valentino) on September 30.

Hatchi at Breadbar: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 277-3770. Reservations are recommended.

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