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"Sushi spot" (thats the name of the restaurant) in Tarzana

Any info on this place? I just read about it on another web site. Looks like a former Nozawa guy??? I am not a fan of Nozawa, just wondering if this place is better?

Jul 03, 2011
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

2011 update...

1. Still Go's mart. Why? Consistently best fish and best rice. Some may say he over uses truffle oil and other condiments, but that is just his style. Most other chefs will use soy based dressings, Go-San just has a different take, which I find to be awesome! Don't confuse his use of truffle oil with Sushi Iki's use of black truffle ponzu. I am not a fan of Iki at all. Go uses a white truffle oil which bears no resemblance to Iki's Ponzu.

2. Kiyokawa. Fantastic in every way. Tradition mixed with modern touches and thoughtful presentation. The only problem for me is his location, I don't live near Beverly hills, and there are no freeways close to Kiyokawa, I would definately be regular if I could get there easy.

3. 4 on 6. Way under the radar, similar to Mori, easy location for me, and much more reasonably priced. Saito- San likes to use ponzu a lot, I just ask him to skip it and he does more yuzu/salt kind of thing for me. Bottom line is excellent variety of fish, great rice, and satisfaction every time.

4. Kiriko. Less formal than Mori, solid sushi, hits the spot. I haven't been to Mori in a very long time, I'm not sure why...I guess I switched to Kiriko. One thing I will mention...Fumi, one of the chefs at Mori, moonlights occasionally at 4 on 6.

5. This is tough, do I list #5 as the Place I frequent the most, or the place I think tastes the best? I live in Thouasand Oaks, so there are 2 places I visit often. My old standby, Hanami, which I still maintain is an excellent sushi bar
if they know what you want. And the new Kanda in Westlake Village. Kanda is very good, not in a class of some of the above mentioned, but very good and if you Re in the area, it is really the only choice. I keep thinking about Mori though which really should be on this list.

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Kiriko
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sushi Iki
18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356

Jun 05, 2011
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

"Mexico, one plate at a time" RickBayless on PBS, he had 1 or 2 seasons some years back...that is a great show! Even though Rick can be a little...I don't know...strange.

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

JL-San,
You are right! First, I didn't mean to brush off Urasawa's greatness so glibly...it was great. I am no stranger to a long drawn out meal that starts off in the afternoon and does not end til the next morning. I have traveled the world and have had many such experiences.

When I was a kid my mother used to say "finish your dinner, there are starving children in Africa", which I never understood...I would of course reply with "then send them my dinner because I don't like it." I guess this is where inherently I feel $500 is too much to spend on myself for one meal. But then, I have no problem routinely spending $100 plus for my Sushi lunches.

When it comes to Sushi, i have become a bit of a "lone wolf". Two reasons for this, one my wife does not eat fish, and two, I have not found anyone else with the budget or passion for my taste. So I think if I went to Urasawa with some friends I would have enjoyed it more and 4-5 hours would not have been too long. Typically when I end up going out to sushi with a group, they want rolls and the like and we end up at some place like Nobu. It's fun, but...

My favorite Sushi joint: Tiny neighborhood place, one chef with a passion for fish, both in variety and presentation. 99% raw, I rarely order cooked items unless I trust the chef and he recommends something. Perfect rice! Since I am ususally alone, I get to know the chef and he gets to know me...Go-San and I are tight, and I like that! I have that kind of relationship with 4 or 5 Sushi chefs and that makes it fun for me. They know I like exotic and unusal and they will bust out with a surprise for me on any given day. Price is never a factor. I guess since I am alone, the chef becomes my sushi buddy.

So, thanks for your comments, I wll try the others you mentioned.

P.S, I am heading to Scottsdale, AZ in a few weeks...do you (or anyone) know a good Sushi spot? If no replys to this, I am heading to Hiro Sushi, just from some internet research.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Nobu
11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Jan 22, 2011
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

So I have been to a few places since I originaly posted...
Kiriko
Kanda
Urasawa

While Urasaw is a once in a lifetime expereience, I will not be going back. I did go alone and it was fun, $500 is just too much for one meal. ($350 plus tip, etc) Plus it was a 4 hour ordeal-

Kiriko...Good, but Mori is too close when I'm on that side of town. ( I live in Thousand Oaks, so for me, Mori is close to Kiriko)

Kanda- Pretty darn good! I've been there 3 times.

But still, Go's Mart #1, and 4 on 6 #2. Both of these places I can walk in for lunch by myself and feel at home, and have the kind of Sushi that I love.

I still have not been to:
Sasabune
Kiyokawa
shibucho

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Kiriko
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Go's Mart
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

Sasabune
12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jan 09, 2011
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Any Good Sushi in DC?

Masonuc, respectfully...I must disagree! Kushi has some of the finest sushi anywhere, and a very nice selection.

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Best:
Cooks Tour
Top Chef
Chopped
No Reservations
Ina Garten-barefoot contessa.
Japanese Iron Chef
Tylers Ultimate- the old one where he traveled the world!
BBC Kitchen Nightmares, FOX version is OK
Next Food network Star
Throwdown
Good eats

Worst:
Hells Kitchen
Everything else on Food Network, especially all the next food network stars shows!

Any Good Sushi in DC?

For anyone still interested... I ended up at Sei, and Kushi. Kushi is really good, Sei, not so much. I reviewed on yelp.

http://www.yelp.com/user_details?user...

Sushi in San Francisco?

Koo, if you sit at the bar and let Suzuki and Kyoshi select your fish. Not the "Omakse" as you will get a lot of overdone stuff. I guess you could call it Sashimi/Nigiri Omakase.

Any Good Sushi in DC?

After a little more research, I think I am more of a Kaz kinda guy. When i mentioned "upscale" i really meant the food more than the atmosphere. I like a more casual atmosphere, with the best fish available! Thanks for all the suggestions.

Master Chef elimination round part 2

Should I watch this? I just can't seem to get into another Ramsay show. The original BBC version of Kitchen Nightmares was his best show!

Any Good Sushi in DC?

Thanks for the info, yes I am spoiled being from L.A., But I will give Taro a shot, $125 is normal for a great Sushi meal.

Any Good Sushi in DC?

So it sounds like Taro used to be the place... Now, Kaz?

Any Good Sushi in DC?

I'm staying at the grand hyatt

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

Go's Mart used to be a Japanese market, now just a Sushi bar. You don't have to know someone, just walk in the front door. The decor might startle you a little, but go sit down and enjoy a different take on the best fish around!

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Go's Mart
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

Jul 30, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Any Good Sushi in DC?

I will be traveling on business in September, and I do have a Sushi obsession. I like traditional upscale, all about the food...don't care about the atmosphere or the price. Not into rolls, just fresh exotic fish. Is DC a sushi town, or should I skip it?

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

My buddy had the same experience with the lunch special...said it was very average. I said no...NO to lunch special, let me take you for Omakase and then judge. Mori is one of the best in the USA, and after our $300 lunch he whole heartedly agreed! You are never going top notch sushi for a $20 lunch special.

Jun 27, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Does Truffle Oil belong on my Sushi?

FYI...Go-San makes his own truffle oil from fresh truffles. :)

Jun 19, 2010
Robert Ogden in General Topics

Does Truffle Oil belong on my Sushi?

I am a big fan of Mori, I have been there 4 times in the past 6 weeks. Last night I went to Urasawa. Fumi at Mori told me that Go-san is one of the few to buy equal quality wild fish as him...and Hiro said the same thing about Go's...Something about the Uni that he wants already being tagged with Go's name on it, although he doesn't know Go-san. I think Mori does Sushi better than Urasawa.

So the quality of fish at Go's is not in question, his flavors are unique and addicting...I guess this is why I am questioning why I like Go's better than Mori and Urasawa. I was a true purist when it comes to Sushi, but now I have really come to appreciate Go's style. I am wondering if I will get sick of it and go back to tradition. I shouldn't say I like it better than Mori, because I love Mori's Sushi.

I have been eating at Go's for 2 years now, so it's not just a phase, or if it is it is a long one.

I am wondering if anyone else in L.A. has fallen from tradition and landed at Go's Mart?

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Go's Mart
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

Jun 19, 2010
Robert Ogden in General Topics

Does Truffle Oil belong on my Sushi?

Thank you for your thoughts...in your opinion where is the best Sushi in or near Los Angeles?

Jun 19, 2010
Robert Ogden in General Topics

Does Truffle Oil belong on my Sushi?

I began my sushi obsession about 15-20 years ago, of course being introduced with California rolls and the like, but I had an immediate affinity towards Nigiri. I then went on a ten year tear to find the most authentic, pure, traditional sushi available. I learned a lot and my tastes became very refined.

About 5 years ago I was introduced to lemon and salt as a dressing to replace soy sauce on certain items such as Scallop, Giant clam, or Tai. This added a whole new bright flavor and I loved it.

Now I absolutely love Go's Mart, where virtually every piece of Sushi is dressed with various exotic salts, yuzu, lemon, and Truffle oil...among other things. The bright acidic flavors "Pop" in your mouth, and Go-San only serves the highest quality fish.

When you think about it, dressing every piece of sushi in the traditional way, ie...soy sauce or some other form of soy sauce...it adds saltiness and acidity.

My questions are...Am I just bored with soy sauce, or have I lost my way? Can the modernization of Sushi ever be a good thing?

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Go's Mart
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

Jun 19, 2010
Robert Ogden in General Topics

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

I went to Urasawa last night...what an experience! 4 /12 hour meal...I am still trying to comprehend how I feel.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jun 19, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

I still have not tried Kanda...I was gonna go last monday, but they are closed on Mondays. I am a little skeptical due to the fact that Mitsu was the chef at Suki 7, which sucked big time! But you say go...I will go!

As far as gummy rice at Hanami...that has not been my experience. Go on Tuesday, as they are not a "Go to the Fish market" place. They get their deliveries on Tues and Thurs. As I said, I live in T.O. and sometimes Hanami is my only choice without driving too far-

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Suki 7
925 S Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Jun 14, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

A word about Hanami, if you all ever get up the 101...

This place is not like your Master Chef sushi bar. It is kind of ordinary, run of the mill, crazy roll place. But, if you sit with Katz- San, and he realizes that you are a true connesuir...he will serve you an excellent Omakase, completey dressed and no need for soy sauce dish.

He usually puts a little something on the side of each Nigiri, like a little torched bit of Toro with your regular order. They do have great fish and fresh grated wasabi for special customers. And, the price is much lower than most High end places.

If you just sit down and order, probably won't be anything special.

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Master Chef Restaurant
937 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jun 13, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

Ditto- Glad to find some REAL Sushi nuts, such as myself! Again, thanks for the tip on Kiriko & Kiyokawa , I will try both in the coming weeks.

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Kiriko
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jun 13, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

FYI - I order all raw at Mori Omakse, Sashimi/nigiri. I like cooked dishes, but just costs more and fills you up, I prefer raw fish!

Jun 13, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

I live in Thousand Oaks, and if I'm on that side of town I would just much rather go to Mori. Mori is so much more refined than Zo. I've been to Zo 3 times in the past year, it just does nothing for me. I'm a huge fan of Omakase, and Mori does it better.

Jun 12, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

I would totally spend the 5 bills, but my wife hates sushi. I am completely comfortable dining alone at any Sushi bar, but Urasawa seems like I would need a date.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jun 10, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

Thanks for the tip on Kiyokawa, gotta try it.

Jun 10, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Sushi L.A.- I know it's been done, but this is 2010!

Say no to Gen, and yes to Sushi Go 55, close by in the Japanese market place.

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Sushi Go 55
333 S Alameda St Ste 317, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jun 10, 2010
Robert Ogden in Los Angeles Area