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New high end sushi in SF: "Omakase"

I'm actually in NorCal a few times a year for work (but usually I fly back the same day), and for family (more Chow-friendly, but lots of home-cooked meals, too).

It's nice to feel welcome on the SF board. I'll let you know the next time I visit, so we can hopefully grub a bit.

about 12 hours ago
J.L. in San Francisco Bay Area

New high end sushi in SF: "Omakase"

Admittedly, Yelp is good for the "411" (i.e. address, hours of operation, phone #, and the occasional menu photo), but that's where my scrolling ends.

about 14 hours ago
J.L. in San Francisco Bay Area

New high end sushi in SF: "Omakase"

<< ... And I wouldn't be surprised if someplace somewhere opened up a sushiya by that very name. >>

As long as it's exclusively a sashimi-ya.

about 14 hours ago
J.L. in San Francisco Bay Area

New high end sushi in SF: "Omakase"

Your Yelp take is so, so good.

about 14 hours ago
J.L. in San Francisco Bay Area

New high end sushi in SF: "Omakase"

An interesting thread, and I'm probably channeling Jan Brady (complaining about her older sister) when I say this: Neta, neta, neta! A lot has been mentioned about the provenance and suppliers of the seafood...

... But (for those who have already been), I'd like to ask what they thought about the RICE at Omakase?

about 15 hours ago
J.L. in San Francisco Bay Area

The Legend of The Father's Office Burger...

That's a damn good burger. And that ain't no joke!!!!!!!!!

about 15 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Most underrated LA restaurants

Agree 500% on Petrossian.

On Sawtelle:
Kimkatsu
Restaurant 2117
Morinoya

Another one that comes to mind is Harikawa.

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Ah, the price went down! Could be die to the weaker Euro vs. the U.S. Dollar these days...

Jun 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

LA BARBERA'S UPDATE!!!!!!

SAUSAGE

Jun 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

At $151.99 per pound, not much less than $20K.

Jun 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

'Twas quite the backbreaking ordeal, aye... Plowing through the endless mountains of pintxos, tapas & bocadillos, not to mention navigating seemingly endless oceans of tempranillo, cava and Ribero del Duero.

Some Shunji questions

Mori

Jun 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Some Shunji questions

You forgot the "????????????????" (!)

Jun 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Kiriko Sushi Summer Omakase: A Pictorial Essay

Naw, it's all good - Shunji-san & Ken-san are tight, yo.

Jun 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Great memories, both in my temporal lobe and on my hard drive (4000+ of my crappy food photos)...

Jun 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kiriko Sushi Summer Omakase: A Pictorial Essay

... more photos.

Kiriko Sushi Summer Omakase: A Pictorial Essay

Verdict: Ken-san's still working his magic. Another masterful meal.

Highlights included: Momotaro tomato emulsion with kombu gelee topped with uni, foie gras chawanmushi, kinka tako, smoked sockeye salmon with mango & figs, salted ayu grilled traditionally, smoked saba from Hokkaido, bigeye chu-toro (from Ecuador), awabi don steamed with kimo served with seared Japanese wagyu, and housemade Belgian dark chocolate ice cream.

Some Shunji questions

Omakase Price? - Anywhere from $100pp and up (usually up). My experience is that it's usually $150-$200pp

Been recently? - Yes.

Special dishes for summer? - Butternut squash puree with kani (crab), sazae (conch) prepared 2-ways, grilled salted ayu (sweetfish), tai (sea bream) simmered in dashi with fingerling potatoes and spinach - BUT know that these dishes change as fast as gas prices.

Truffle rice? - I'd highly suggest asking for it when you make the reservation, and not after you're seated. And he'll only make it if truffles are in season. Chances are also higher if you're a regular there (sorry, it's a Japanese thing).

Price on that truffle rice? - If you must ask, then maybe you shouldn't ask. Just kidding - I think it was like $50-$75 for the black truffle & much higher for alba truffles, if memory serves. But hey, truffle prices will vary.

Have the truffle rice AND omakase together? - Sure, why not? After all, man does not live on truffle rice alone.

I hope this was helpful. I'm saving up for the Retro Jordan 1.5's, so I'm holding off on Shunji for a bit. :-)

Jun 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Been there, done that. I funded it on my own dime, so the data I've accumulated stays with me.

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

The start of a new trend: I need to go research sushi in Japan for 1 month (ONLY 1 month!) And since the yen is so weak against the USDollar right now, I'll only need $15K. Thanks in advance.

Suggestions for out of towners

smoke.oil.salt on Melrose for Spanish/Cataluynan cuisine

(By the way, do NOT order the paella at La Paella. Tapas are fine there, though)

Jun 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

At the corner of Sawtelle & Olympic (a 5-10 minute drive from Century City) Morinoya may work out real nicely for you & your date... Great food, cozy, AND quiet enough for you to actually hear your date! (We've been having an ambient noise problem in the L.A. dining scene lately...)

Since it's a aburiya/izakaya concept, you can order a few dishes at a time as you nurse your drinks.

Enjoy.

Jun 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Not in Glendale, but I like Marouch for Armenian food. It's Lebanese Armenian, but good Armenian nonetheless:

http://marouchrestaurant.com/

Jun 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Date night restaurant?

The new chef at Chaya Downtown is doing great stuff with seafood in their revamped menu.

Redbird has some nice seafood dishes as well.

And there's always Water Grill.

Jun 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

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

One of my favorite pies in the city: The pizze funghi at Cafe Angelino...

Ramadan Iftar

Biryani House in Little Bangladesh (mid-city) is open til 3:30AM(!!!) for iftar!

http://biriyanikabobhouse.com/

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

How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

This thread is far better than any legal drama I've seen/read in a long time. You can't make this stuff up!

LA BARBERA'S UPDATE!!!!!!

Put me down for a sausage pie, please.

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

Vitello Tonnato; Spot Prawns

Spot prawns live in the holding tanks, then immediately cooked and brought to your table (suck those shrimp heads!) at Pacific Fish Center on the Redondo Beach Pier...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854374

... and that gorgeous spot prawn dish at Providence, too.

Jun 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Pa Pa Walk, Imperial City Closed

RIP Pa Pa Walk and their mango snow.

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