As I parked free in their ample parking lot at Western and 213th Streets, I was really dazzled by what I saw. Their brochure says, “In Japanese, the term ‘miyako’ refers to a flourishing center of business and entertainment. The Miyako Hybrid is nestled among the corporate headquarters of some of Japan's most famous companies. It is close to downtown Los Angeles and surrounding airports.” The hotel is very modern looking and all the staff were amazingly friendly and welcoming. Apparently Miyako hotels are known throughout Japan for their traditional beauty and impeccable service.
Gonpachi restaurant offers cuisine which is an intriguing combination of
authentic Japanese cooking influenced by California’s unique culinary flavors
and styles. When you first enter, you pass the classic sushi bar where the
sushi chefs were busy chopping, mixing and smiling. Fortunately we had a
reservation as it was filled with a happy group of noisy, eclectic diners.
menu was amazing. I had a donburi rice bowl called Tem Don with tempura shrimp
and vegetables. My $10 lunch included the salad, soup and fruit bar and green iced tea. Yum. There is also a large outdoor dining patio. Next time we'll go a little later, after the lunch period, and we'll sit on the patio.
So, today I
had a lovely experience and a great meal with my friends in a place near my
home that I didn’t even know existed. If you live in L.A. or Orange County,
check it out. How grateful I am to live where I live. I stayed home a lot more in the winter but I'm ready to start going out more.