Yamashiro Restaurant Review

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Yamashiro Restaurant

Dave Thomas an American restaurateur and a philanthropist once said, “It all comes back to the basic. Serve customers the best-tasting food at a good value in a clean, comfortable restaurant, and they'll keep coming back.” (thomas). Everyone can agree on Dave Thomas, but I have a couple more criteria to add to his idea of a great successful restaurant. If I go out to eat I might as well pick a place that, though may be expensive, has scrumptious food because why bother going to spend money on food you can make yourself? A great restaurant has to meet three of my criteria’s: the Décor and atmosphere, impeccable service and cleanliness, and most importantly the food.
A restaurant located in the Hollywood hills and renowned for their view of the city lights of Hollywood. Yamashiro is beautifully built as a replica of a palace in the Yamashiro Mountains near Kyoto, Japan. This restaurant of course has a bit of history to it. On the Yamashiro restaurant website it further tells us the story behind this beautiful landmark. The structure was a dream of the Bernheimer brothers in 1911 to build a hilltop mansion 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard to house their priceless collection of Asian treasures. When the palace was finished it had 300 steps leading to the top. Yamashiro was a great hang out spot for actors, writers, directors and celebrities in that time. This place formed the star’s first social institution as a monument to their achievement.(Glover)
As one drives up the winding road to the top of Hollywood’s very own Yamashiro mountain, it transports you to another time period and another place. On the right side is the renown landmark, Yamashiro palace, to the left, are the hillside terrace garden with a walk way leading through the vibrant flowers, shrubs, trees, goldfishes, and the stunning view of Los Angeles. Inside contains the lavish woodwork and silk wallpaper that has not been torn down due to its significance this structure had in Los Angeles history. People that go there have a choice of where they prefer to be seated: The Japanese Garden Court, Koi room, Skyview room, Sunset room, pool bar, or the lounge. Each of these rooms has their own theme and particular view. The Japanese Garden Court is absolutely beautiful because the actual seating area wraps around a manicured Zen garden with a soothing waterfall and colorful Koi pond. Then this also leads to the Koi room a delicate ornately painted room that also has its own Koi pond and garden. The Skyview room is glass-enclosed with vista prospect of Hollywood. I then head over to the sunset room, where you see the sun goes to sleep and the moon rises. The pool bar is breath-taking because of its 800 year old Japanese Pagoda and newly renovated pool. The lounge is positioned so that every 400 of the seats can provide the best views of the city. As I was walking through these sections, I noticed the atmosphere changed my mood. When I was in the Japanese Garden...

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