Deep on Pico, in the area of West LA right by the Westside Pavillion mall, hidden behind a nondescript Teriyaki facade, lies LA's most secret restaurant, Totoraku -- aka Secret Beef. There're no reservations -- someone who's eaten there before has to invite you, with the chef's permission -- and, at $260 per person, it ain't cheap. And it's always been somewhat of a mystery as to what dinner entails... until... now.
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It's totally BYOB, and everyone tries to one-up each other
I was there with a dude who raided a wine cellar from a high-profile, now-closed restaurant and another guy who actually knew what he was talking about when he brought up varietals and years. The two bottles I brought -- one bought on an actual vineyard in Italy, another a gift from a wine expert -- both went unopened. So yeah. Stakes are high.
It's not allllll beef
This starter platter had everything from bites of foie gras, to sashimi, to, uh, vegetable jello. Yep. That stuff was super weird.