Name of restaurant: Necco, which means "root" in Japanese, as indicated by creative uses of daikon, carrots, ginger, gobo and renkon (lotus root). The Westwood restaurant opened last October.
What dish represents the restaurant, and why? One dish doesn't really stand out on its own, but the menu works like a symphony — a balance of hot and cold, crunchy and soft, vegetables and meat make up a well orchestrated meal.
Menu highlights include the necco chips (a selection of fried roots), avocado tempura, lamb chops, curry nanban chicken, spicy octopus, and necco pickles (made with rice vinegar, garlic, spices and a delightfully surprising bit of raisin).
The limited lunch menu provides a choice of main dish and a selection of sides. All lunch combos come with a side salad, necco pickles and bowl of miso soup to start. Dinner showcases a more extensive menu, so maybe bring some friends to share the small plates.
Service: The service is youthful, friendly and ridiculously polite.