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Yet another LA Sushi post...

Ah, if you're staying in DTLA then Go's Mart is a heck of a drive (~40 minutes without traffic), especially if you're planning to drink at all. Apologies for throwing it into the mix. Stick with JL's list and you'll do fine.

Oct 14, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Yet another LA Sushi post...

See, much more eloquently put!

We just need to keep that other place secret..you know, the one on Beverly...

Oct 14, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Yet another LA Sushi post...

Since OP asked for "an LA twist", perhaps he should just embrace this great city and go all the way to the other end of the spectrum (as you once put it) to Go's Mart. Located in a strip mall in bumblefudge nowhere, next to a dance studio, no reservations, VHS rental optional, truffle oil up the wazoo, venerable Go-san, and an Hispanic sous-chef who can knock out "no aburi" dishes like a pro. Kevin could put it far more eloquently, but you get the gist.

Oct 14, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

So you've never had the omelet? White truffles. With two orders of tamagoyaki. You can BK another time.

Oct 10, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Ginza Onodera, Honolulu

PS I saw your question about Maruya. There are more changes afoot. You can email me for details (see my profile).

Oct 03, 2014
stravaigint in Hawaii

Sushi Ginza Onodera, Honolulu

Thanks for the fantastic report! Aiste (luxeat) reported on the Paris branch recently and it seems they're doing a good job maintaining the standards of the honten. I also agree that even a satellite branch of a Ginza sushiya is step up from what we have in CA, although I'm curious to see what you think of your upcoming trip to you-know-where (tip: as austere as it seems, Hiro-san is a riot once you get him going ;).

Oct 02, 2014
stravaigint in Hawaii

Wexler's- meh.

This. Lox or sturgeon on bagel, or even half-and-half, like jessejames. Go early on a Sunday morning and Micah himself will serve you, if he's not busy with the (not-feeling-the-love) pastrami.

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

Another surprise in the valley: Sushi Tanaka.

This first pic looks awfully familiar...

http://www.yelp.com.au/biz_photos/sus...

Maybe they'll do a gohan for you?

http://www.yelp.com.au/biz_photos/sus...

*edit* maybe we need to take this to a "Sushi in the Valley" thread. Seems like there's some exploring to do.

Sep 03, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

Have any of you crossed the canyon for the fluffy tamago at 4-on-6 in Encino? It looks pretty darned delicious.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/4-on-6...

Aug 29, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

But that chandelier!

Aug 27, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

Dinner omakase at Kiriko, then across town to see Shige-san for the eggplant parm and tamagoyaki?

Aug 27, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

Yup, that roll is massive. I swear it has three times the filling of the cigar-shaped ones they do elsewhere.

Aug 27, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

Just one blue crab, and one negitoro. TheOffalo actually told me to get the 3-roll special, but I didn't want the soup and salad.

Aug 27, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

I agree with this listicle. Except for (3), cos I haven't been. And kevin swears by shige-san's tamagoyaki, so I feel like it deserves a shot.

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

"If you’ve frequented Shunji Japanese Cuisine, or Katsuya (or is it Katsu-Ya?), you might just recognize one or two of the faces behind the bar."

And they've brought their sense of humor with them. Top-notch photo-bombing skills.

Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

The whole experience was exceptional, even though I only had a few items. The highlight was a kani temaki: absolutely stuffed with rich, unctuous blue crab, light on the mayo, wrapped in wonderfully crispy nori. It probably belongs in the handroll thread, but whatevs. Picture of deliciousness attached.

Aug 26, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area
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Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

I don't remember you climbing any mountains last week to make it over to the westside :P

I'm ashamed to say it was my first time at Kiriko. It was beyond kevin'ing exceptional. I'm now sorry I only had one order, but there's only so much stomach space...

Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

Variety of fish, no. Sawa's selection is more limited.

Quality of *raw* ingredients, yes. His toro is spectacular...when it's not covered in sauce =.=

Quality of rice, unknown, as Sawa serves almost exclusively sashimi - Steve-san hasn't served me a piece of nigiri since 2009...

Aug 25, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Mini-Dinner Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

#theheilife

Aug 20, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

That's a kevin-load of kama toro...

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

The only thing that matters is the view from a counter seat. It'll look fine.

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

120 bucks is a bit higher than what we're paying up here, but then I expect the quality will be better, and I don't know what rent on Sawtelle is like.

But it's the bonus rounds that will lead to BK, as kevin is so fond of saying. I'll need at least another 10-15 pieces on top. Or maybe they can bring me a tsukemen...

favorite sushi right now ????? price no object, natch.

You know, if you skipped 4 or 5 visits to Tana's you could probably afford Urasawa...

And where's the Shunji report ?????????????

Aug 01, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

favorite sushi right now ????? price no object, natch.

If we tell you, are you actually gonna go? :-)

Jul 31, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

French Laundry solo? [Yountvile]

There are some great alternatives suggested in this thread, but just in case you want to try anyway:

"I understand that the restaurant requires tables of 2 or 4"

I'm not sure that's a hard policy - I was there recently with a party of three (we booked over the phone). And there was even a single diner, tucked away in the far corner. So it is possible. Call them up and see if they can help you.

Porcellino, Bi-Rite, Kin Khao (San Francisco: Day One)

Hey, we tried - that's 8 dishes in four hours, not counting the ice cream and a side of sticky rice!

Porcellino, Bi-Rite, Kin Khao (San Francisco: Day One)

Says the guy who had to do laps at Georges...

Porcellino, Bi-Rite, Kin Khao (San Francisco: Day One)

I had a feeling this would be up already :)

You left out the salumi platter, but then it was half gone by the time you arrived *whistle*

YALAHAFA (Yet Another L.A. Hound Asking for Advice) on Great Eats in SF Proper (Muni accessible, non-high end)

Depending? Possibly? What is this I don't even...

Hung's Kitchen in San Ramon

I just asked some friends who live in the area, and apparently they love the place...but hadn't told me =.= No detailed descriptions, but they like the XLB, sea bass chive dumpling, scallop dumpling, spicy beef tendon, salt and pepper fish and the mantou. If I can guilt them into a meal I'll report back.