Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica
I wasn't expecting much from this place (2454 Wilshire Boulevard, 586-1707). It seemed like just a typical Westside restaurant serving Californian fare on an open patio. And that's pretty much what I felt I was getting at first with this hamachi starter, which was light and refreshing, but whose crudely cut garnish wasn't that impressive.
But the good thing was that the jidori chicken that followed was amazingly tender and perfectly seasoned - I could have nearly eaten another one. I really doubt I'll make any effort to come back, but it was certainly healthy, and the service was attentive too.