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Sushi Tadokoro: A Pictorial Essay

... and the nigiri courses & dessert:

about 2 hours ago
J.L. in San Diego

Sushi Tadokoro: A Pictorial Essay

While visiting San Diego from L.A. last week, a wonderful omakase was enjoyed by all in our party at Sushi Tadokoro. Our itamae that night was (the very jovial) Soichi-san. The sake selection was quite excellent as well - Favorite sakes for our group included Wakatake Onikoroshi Daiginjo and Gen Junmai Daiginjo. Service was attentive.

And now, onto the food! The sushi style is definitely more on the Edomae side at Tadokoro as compared to say, Ota or Kaito. Starters included kaki (from Washington state), ankimo, a beautifully plated sashimi platter, finally topped off with a surprise cameo appearance by hoya (sea pineapple, which by the way paired very well with the Gen sake)!

Nigiri notes:

First of all: The rice - Very, very good shari, and perfectly packed for my liking. Neta-wise, the hikarimono in particular were the stars of the show that night. Iwashi, kohada, and aji were all superb, with excellent knifework.

Shellfish-wise, the akagai and botan ebi (the head was served “odori-ebi” style) were both enjoyable. I was told by Soichi-san that I missed their last serving of hamaguri by just one day (bummer). And of course, the local San Diego murasaki uni never disappoints. The flavor is so perfectly subtle, and it lingers on the palate so well - It is by far my favorite uni in Southern California.

Other nigiri highlights included Hanaore-style sabazushi, seared kinmedai, and kamasu. While not usually part of the Edomae repertoire, a wild pale Scottish salmon tasted just as rich and fatty as the highest grade o-toro - Immensely satisfying.

Dessert was a scoop of lychee ice cream. BUT the true dessert for me was served just before the ice cream, when we were each given a gorgeously fluffy piece of Kansai-style tamagoyaki. The delicate texture reminded me of chawanmushi or homemade tofu.

Gochisosama deshita! Consider me a new fan at Sushi Tadokoro. We will definitely be back!

about 2 hours ago
J.L. in San Diego

Random Burger Photo for National Hamburger Day

I know, I know... National Hamburger Day was actually yesterday (May 28th).

Presenting the Miyagi Burger at Bachi Burger:

Dee. Licious.

about 3 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

Chilean sea bass is actually the Patagonian toothfish.

about 10 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Voting

PIZZA

about 15 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Eating/parking in Inglewood

Coni'Seafood is <15 min. away.

Just make sure Sergio is cooking.

10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

Mien ge dah (AKA cat's ear pasta)...

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

PIZZA

May 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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One Dinner in LA - Providence v. Redbird v. Shunji v. n/naka v. Maude

Providence. Do it.

May 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Yes indeed. Chef Neal Fraser has converted the former (de-consecrated) rectory at St. Vibiana into a beautiful urban space, and is serving some outstanding New American cuisine and cocktails there, as well. It's not too far from Disney Hall.

May 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Redbird.

Top 5 Downtown L A?

Great food touring. Just a tad jealous... Un petit peu :-)

May 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Uh-oh, Bucato

It's being reported by the L.A. Times that Chef Evan Funke has resigned from Bucato.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

May 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

Except the asker is already in Yokohama.

May 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

The SGV.

May 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Cosmo Grill & Bar, Westwood

They seem to have private parties booked on many nights.

May 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Buster's, for ambiance.
Shiro, for catfish.

May 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

More on the sweet-tooth side: You have Fosselman's in closeby in Alhambra, Carmela Ice Cream in Pasadena, and Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain.

May 14, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Great sushi between calabasas and burbank

Modern refrigeration can prolong seafood freshness in ways unimaginable to chefs in Edo-era Japan.

But yes, sushi chefs need their rest, too. :-)

May 14, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Venice area....?

The reports of its downhill slide are premature. And I eat there regularly (last visit was a week ago).

Sure, it's a little empty there sometimes. But it has nothing to do with the quality of the food or service (if anything, both have gotten even better lately.) Rather, it's because Status Kuo has no liquor license (yet). It's tough to maintain an eatery in Mar Vista if you got no ABCs. Homie can't even bring in a bottle of '47 Cheval Blanc from his own stash, yo.

Food-wise, Chef David is always experimenting and tweaking his menu items. Fact: He is now serving a damn tasty CHASHU pork burger. Go check it out.

May 14, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Rather than looking north to Pasadena, I consider SoPas to be a convenient gateway to the glorious Asian offerings in the SGV.

And let's never, ever forget the superb Bulgarini Gelateria in Altadena.

May 14, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

LA student film in need of cheap catering/ easy food ideas!

TLT on Westwood Blvd. has delicious, takeout friendly food.

May 13, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

Not true. I spoke with management. All fish are received in bulk and then cut to order at the local restaurant branches.

May 13, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Great sushi between calabasas and burbank

There's a reason many sushi-ya's are closed: The LA wholesale fish market will have been closed for about 36+ hours by the time your Monday lunchtime rolls around.

May 13, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Their cucumber ice cream is extremely refreshing.

May 12, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Shaherzad's food is better than Shamshiri, IMHO.

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

There is a Darya on Santa Monica Blvd. as well (just west of Bundy). The food is good, but it's neither in Westwood nor is it upscale (as per OP's requests).

May 12, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

A hole-in-the-wall that is definitely tasty and worth the trip (though not really upscale) is Attari Sandwich Shop (near the corner of Westwood & Wilkins). The ash-e-joe is fantastic, as is their fesenjan. The chicken olivieh and kotlet sandwiches are delicious as well. You can get dessert at Saffron & Rose Ice Cream across the street.

May 11, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Lunch in Venice area....?

Status Kuo in Mar Vista. (I know I know, not Venice, but close to it, and worth mentioning)

May 11, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

Cold sushi rice. Dealbreaker for me.

May 11, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area