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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

I enjoy the omakase at Sushi Iki in Tarzana. Very fresh and unique selections.

Feb 16, 2014
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area
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How's Izakaya Bincho these days?

We really liked the uni bowl at Marihide Uni Club the last time we went. Good uni at a good price.

Sep 26, 2013
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LA Dish of the Month (October 2013) - Voting

KOREATOWN

Sep 25, 2013
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Random westside updates

Last time I checked, "chow" is a synonym for food.

One person's "quality" may be another person's abomination...

Sep 06, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

I didn't get a photo, but the seaweed fried fish at Chang's Garden in Arcadia was really good. Crispy and not greasy at all. Went great with whatever is in that salt mix they serve with it.

Sep 05, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

Filet-O-Fish are fantastic. Especially in the middle of the lunch rush and they're hot (well, warmer than usual).

I happen to love Big Macs and McNuggets, too, so I suppose I'm biased.

But I do not own any shares of MCD :)

Sep 05, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (September 2013) - Voting

This reminds me of when Homer Simpson asked, "Does whiskey count as beer?"

But yes, fried finfish only? Or also shellfish?

Aug 26, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (September 2013) - Voting

PIZZA

Aug 26, 2013
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LA Dish of the Month (August 2013) - Voting

RIBS

Jul 26, 2013
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SUNCHOKES

I've seen them at Super King.

Jun 06, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

TACOS - LA Dish of the Month (June 2013)

Trompa tacos at Las Morelianas at Grand Central Market in DTLA are the best.

Jun 02, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Grand Central Market

Las Morelianas if you eat pork. Trompa tacos are the best.

They are at the East end facing Broadway.

May 24, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Figaro Bistrot - on Vermont - Best Moule Frites in town?

I suppose it depends on what you mean by "in town." The best moules frites (now called moules marinière on the menu) that I have had are at Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Mar 08, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (Feb 2013) - Voting

UNI

Jan 28, 2013
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Never Done Omakase But I'm Ready to Try!

Sushi Iki in Tarzana is my goto spot for omakase. Chef Eddie serves up the freshest fish.

His live uni and scallop are sublime.

Jan 17, 2013
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Best (cheapest) place to buy 24 live maine lobsters for new years??

It was $9.99/lb last night at the Arcadia 99 Ranch.

Dec 27, 2012
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

I am shocked that this place is still in business...

Sounds like most people don't quite understand the point of this thread.

Are people really "shocked" that Olive Garden or CPK are still in business? They serve reasonable food at reasonable prices - which is what most people want. Or Tommy's, where there are almost always customers?

I am shocked that La Canada Pizzeria & Grill in La Canada is still in business. Not so much for the food (which is okay), but because it always seems empty and is not too conspicuous of a space.

Nov 16, 2012
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Iki in Tarzana

It's our go-to place for great sushi. They have some of the freshest fish I've had in LA. We're partial to the live sea scallop, uni, and kawahagi. The fin fish is also great. It is a bit pricey, but worth the money, IMHO.

Mar 08, 2012
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi help

Sushi Iki in Tarzana is my favorite. Excellent cuts of fish, with some exotic types and lots of live shellfish.

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

Jan 05, 2012
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Costco Hot dog

The Burbank Costco has kraut behind the windows - just ask. I dunno if it is actually heated, though. It is warm when I get it, but I also notice that it's pre-packaged in little containers that sit next to the warm frozen yogurt machine.

Apr 18, 2011
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

In Search of BBQ Lamb Ribs

Super King markets usually have lamb ribs at their meat counters.

Oct 18, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

"Two eggs cooked any style"

I've ordered poached and soft-boiled eggs at Denny's.

Aug 11, 2010
wakko11 in General Topics

Calling all Chowhounds to pick one of 6 potential places, highest vote-getter wins:

Urasawa

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

Aug 11, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Japanese River Crabs?

Sushi Iki regularly has live sawagani. Chef Eddie fries them up nice and crisp. Very tasty.

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

Jun 10, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Battle Fried Chicken: Panns vs Dinah's

If we're talking about broasted "fried chicken", then I actually really like the stuff from Charlie's Trio.

Feb 25, 2010
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Grand Central Market - Recs?!?!

I like the cabeza and lengua tacos at Tacos Tumbras A Tomas.

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Tacos Tumbras a Tomas
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jan 27, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Ka San in La Crescenta

Was invited to dinner at Ka-San in La Crescenta tonight.

Has anyone been?

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Ka San Korean Bbq
3115 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Jan 24, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

What Restaurants Regularly Serve Fried Sawagani (Japanese river crab)?

Sushi Iki regularly has them on their fresh/live list of selections.

They're pretty good deep fried.

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

Jan 24, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

Great Meal at Sushi Iki

My wife and I went to our favorite sushi place, Sushi Iki, for our anniversary last night and it was simply wonderful.

We enjoyed:

Live Spiny Lobster Sashimi - Lobster tail meat is mixed with tobikko and served with a sauce with a slightly spicy sauce. The edges of the tail meat was cut off and broiled with a mayonnaise-based sauce. Truly stupendous.

Live Sea Scallop Sushi - Very sweet sea scallop served with a bit of caviar and sauced with a combination soy and yuzu. Amazing. The edges ("lips") of the scallop are served on the side with a little seaweed salad. Very fresh tasting.

Blue Fin Maguro Sushi - Very fresh and deep flavor. Better than toro from a lot of places.

Halibut Sushi - Lightly sauced and served with shiso. Very nice texture.

Red Snapper Sushi - Seasoned with yuzu and salt with shiso. Very nice.

Yellowtail Toro Sushi - Very fatty cut of fish lightly sauced. Melts in your mouth good.

Kawahagi Sushi - One of the best items of the night. Kawahagi (filefish?) liver with a little truffle wrapped in rice paper. Amazing unctuous flavor. Chef Eddie calls it "ocean foie gras".

Shima Aji - Lovely piece of spanish mackerel, deftly cut in a cross hatchpattern. Very delicious. My wife was served the deep-fried backbone of the mackerel, also. Very nice.

Shima Saba - This is the only place I eat saba. House-marinated without the super-sharp vinegary taste you get everywhere else. Very tender and delicious.

Bluefin Otoro Sushi - Very, very well marbled with fat. Simply melts in your mouth and has great flavor.

At the end, they served us fried ice cream and sung "Happy Anniversary" to us (in the theme of Happy Birthday).

It was an evening more than well spent.

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

Jan 22, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area

How does everyone feel about Tommy's?

Tommy's is great, in my opinion.

The chili is controversial because it's almost like a beef sauce, with little discernible texture. It's not chili championship-type chili, but I love it.

Chili cheeseburger with a fried egg and no pickles...sounds great right now.

Jan 22, 2010
wakko11 in Los Angeles Area