The best thing to emerge from Yamashiro in years has been its seasonal farmers market, which allows for the hilltop restaurant's sterling views without the commitment to dinner. The best taste to emerge from Yamashiro in years has to be the Japanese tacos of chef Brock Kleweno, who set up a small stand in the market for corn tortilla tacos filled with miso sake black cod, chicken satay, spiced hoisin duck confit, and soy and red wine braised short rib ($4-6), accompanied by salsas like a wasabi guacamole, ginger pico de gallo, and tequila salsa verde.
Next Thursday, October 6th, Kleweno will open Komida, a slightly more formal version of his Japanese taco stand, at Hollywood's former H. Wood space for two nights each week, Thursdays 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. and harking back to farmers market hours, Saturdays 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (additional hours and days are being organized for November). Drinks will include beer, Jarritos, and jamaica aguas frescas, of course, as well as white-lychee sangria and a jamaica champagne cocktail. Even better, at the opening, one dedicated taconista will win tacos for a year.
Well, maybe more like a night's supply each week for a year, if it's a truly dedicated taco fanatic we're talking about. Everyone who comes to the opening on Thursday and buys a taco before 8:30 P.M. will be entered into a drawing for three free Komida tacos every week for a year (a possible indicator that Komida will stay here through fall). The winner will be announced that evening, though they need not be there to win. Keep in mind, this place will be cash only through October, so don't let your sudden embrace of a cashless society allow you to miss out on 156 free Japanese tacos.
Komida, 1738 N Orange Dr. Hollywood.