Thomas Lennard, general manager of Soho House West Hollywood, took chefs Michael Magliano and Jose Dozal for dinner at a tiny restaurant in a strip mall that has been called one of LA’s finest. Here’s what they thought
ato is a tiny restaurant in a strip mall just off Santa Monica Boulevard. Myself and chefs Michael and Jose took three of the 26 seats, looked after by one manager and one server.
The menu completely changes every four to six weeks and comprises a set menu and five à la carte dishes. We ordered the set menu at $55 per head for six courses, beginning with Corn, Truffle, Yolk – a small dish of buttered corn that had been blended so it was silky, served with a semi-soft yolk and truffle. A great start to the meal.
Another brilliant dish was Hamachi, Cucumber & Scallion, which came with a pretty garnish of edible flowers. The combination of textures in Avocado, Sesame, Nori worked really well. Serving it with a small bread roll so you could do your own avocado toast made it fun.
We also enjoyed Crab, Conpoy, Kombu (crab porridge) and then Trout, Cabbage, Eggplant but felt that the trout would be been better if it had a sear on it and a little more texture. The meal was finished with Buttermilk & Rose, another delicious texture contrasted well with the Granita and Strawberry.
Kato is well known for its Chicken Sandwich, so we ordered that as well as the Pork Belly and the Ikura Rice Bowl. All good, although by now we were full!
Overall, this is a great little spot. The service was spot on: they introduced each dish and then when we had finished presented us with the little menu, attached, so we could read what we had. The whole menu was served in exactly an hour.
It was a terrific experience and we look forward to returning again soon to see the next menu.