January 28, 2009
LOCATION369 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 274-0090.
AMBIENCERomantic updated tiki lounge with Pacific Rim, Southeast Asian and Polynesian menu from Mako's MakotoTanaka. There's sidewalk dining under a thatched roof out front, and a small bar available only to diners.
SERVICEAmiable but sometimes clueless.
PRICEAppetizers, $9 to $18; main courses, $26 to $105; sides, $8 to $12; dessert, $11 to $13.
BEST DISHESCrispy calamari, char siu pork, Peking duck "tacos," tamarind-glazed pork ribs, steamed salmon in banana leaf, Ping Pei chicken, Japanese Wagyu beef, pea tendrils, taro root fries, Luau nan, upside-down pineapple chaos, sorbets.
WINE LISTOverpriced and not that tailored to the menu. Corkage fee, $25 for first bottle, $50 for second.
BEST TABLEOne of the corner booths.
DETAILSOpen from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Full bar. Valet parking, $8.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.
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