The more exclusive the experience, the more we really want to go there. At least that's the theory, right?
Down south in the Silicon Valley suburban haven of Los Altos, Palo Alto Online reports that a new eight-seat Japanese spot called Hiroshi opened in March with little fanfare, no set menus, and $400 dinners.
Gushes chef-owner Hiroshi Kimura on the Hiroshi website, "Since the age of sixteen, I have spent forty plus years in pursuit of perfecting the art of wagyu steaks. I can now proudly share with you all my accumulated experiences and knowledge at our restaurant, to provide you with a wagyu steak experience like none other."
Apparently the "cleanliness and quietness" of Los Altos reminded Kimura of Japan. The Chronicle reports that Kimura last ran a restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii where guests could cook their own meat.
Anyway, at Hiroshi, beef and seafood are flown in weekly from Japan and Kimura only cooks for eight people, one seating, per night. He is clearly an artiste! Here are the reasons we want to go to Hiroshi immediately:
- The dining table is made from a 800-year-old Japanese keyaki tree.
- The wine list is on an iPad.
- The whole theme of the joint is "omotenashi" or Japanese hospitality.
- Handcut crystal!
- Pescaterians and vegetarians are happily accommodated.
- Yelp's Adrienne L. claimed the food cured her flu.
- Frequent flier beef covered in gold flakes.
Hiroshi - 328 Main Street, Los Altos - 650.332.8332