Built as a private art museum in the 1920s, this Japanese palace is a spectacular structure with extraordinary views of Hollywood. For years, it was a beautiful building in which to eat bad food, but Jason Park’s new kitchen team has made a major difference: the restaurant is now worth a look even if you don’t get a table with a view. Japanese, Korean and Chinese traditional items are presented alongside sensible and occasionally daring fusion ideas.
|dress:||1999 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles 90068
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5:30-10:30pm; Sat 5-10:30pm; Sun 4:30-9:30pm|
|Price:||Main courses $32.|
The Yamashiro Historic District is located on Sycamore Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States.
The villa that forms the district’s centerpiece was constructed from 1911 to 1914 by artisans and craftsmen from Japan for the German-American brothers Charles L. Bernheimer (July 18, 1864 – July 1, 1944) and Adolph L. Bernheimer (October 6, 1866 – March 18, 1944) to house their collection of Japanese art. It was therefore also known as the Bernheimer Villa and Oriental Gardens. As the villa was located on top of a hill, it was called a yamashiro, a Japanese word that in this case means “mountain castle” (山城). The district consists of the villa, several smaller buildings (of which a number no longer exist), and landscaped gardens. The area was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
It was used as a filming location in a number of movies, such as Sayonara, Memoirs of a Geisha, Gone in 60 Seconds[disambiguation needed], Blind Date, Thousand Men and a Baby, Playing God, The Teahouse of the August Moon, and Nocturnal Animals.
The villa today houses an Asian restaurant.