In the former Makoto location, downstairs from its sister sushi place Kotobuki, you’ll find Rakumi, a bistro-style Japanese restaurant. The well-appointed dining room is cozy and elegant, with no more than twenty tables in the entire place. When you scroll through the reviews on Yelp, you’ll notice several testimonies from Japanese ex-pats testifying not only to the quality of the food, but also the authenticity of the entire experience—from the food, to the ambiance, to the reasonable price point. Unlike some of the other great Japanese restaurants in the area, Rakumi is not aiming to create an exclusive fine dining experience, but rather to serve the everyday Japanese food of everyday Japanese people, which makes this place a unique addition to the local dining scene.
Popular dishes include the yakitori skewers, the tonkatsu pork, and the bento box lunch specials. If you’re dining in, check out the sake menu—if you’re ordering take-out, don’t forget a side of miso soup.