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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

4-on-6 is right in Encino.

And my dinner at Iki tomorrow night isn't looking good, unless I can find a rubber dinghy, cos they aren't flying in this wind.

Dec 11, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

"O-toro kama...chunk of seared cheek"

Kama is collar, hoho is cheek.

Keep up the great reports!

Dec 11, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

I once did Shunji at noon and Kiriko at 1:30pm. Not full omakases, but I still had to be rolled out the door.

Dec 11, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Guerrilla Tacos Revisited (A Photo Story and Review)

Where's Dommy?

#unmuzzlekevin

Dec 10, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Mori Sushi: Still Sushi Perfection

I spy Nori-san at Kusakabe. You know he painted those walls and built the shelves himself (with Ken and Daisuke)? Like the place a lot, but you're right, it's not Mori, whatever the Michelin inspectors might say.

#unmuzzlekevin

Dec 09, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Go's Mart is the opposite of fancy. It's like the anti-Urasawa. But nobody go's to Go's for the decor.

#unmuzzlekevin

Dec 09, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

My recent dinner omakase at Kiriko with TheOffalo and chrishei worked out at ~135pp for food. But then the white truffle ice-cream wasn't available yet :P

#unmuzzlekevin

Dec 09, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Was the rice consistent throughout the meal? If so, hooray for them.

I thought only CB skipped dessert?

Looking forward to the remaining reviews.

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Question for sushi expert ninisix! other experts advice welcomed!

No kidding about the salty shari at Kakutou! And I found the rice very warm, they gave it no time to cool at all.

The set menu at Kakutou was 11,550Y, in case OP still cares.

Dec 04, 2014
stravaigint in Japan

Obana vs. Kabuto + a sushi question...

Ninisix, Nagayama-san was still working the lunch shift in February of this year. Did this change since then?

Nov 21, 2014
stravaigint in Japan

Commonwealth SF Report

Melanie, next time call ahead and reserve the end-most counter seats (in front of the kitchen) and the "extended" tasting menu. It's even more fabulous, and it's still a relative bargain.

Crystal Jade, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

The one at Taka on Orchard has been on a long downhill slide. I was back last Christmas, and while it wasn't bad, it's gotten slightly worse each time.

I was also at the one in Apgujeong this year, and it was just plain mediocre. XLB and other dishes were limp, and they were stingy with the tea.

Tuesdays with Mori

That's one heck of a place to have your first omakase. Rice-wise, you're not going to find much better. Did Yoshi-san make the whipped tofu dessert for you?

Nov 19, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

I went in February but neglected to report on it. It was incredibly memorable. The napa cabbage and shrimp dish, with Luther's homemade XO sauce, is probably the best thing I ate this year. There were some misfires and logistical issues, but they'd only been operating for a few weeks. I expect by now they've ironed out the kinks.

Nov 17, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

Xian Wei.

A Tale of Two Shinjis

I was dragged kicking and screaming by some friends a few months back to Roscoe's over on Gower. Never again.

Nov 05, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

A Tale of Two Shinjis

I like how google maps tags it: "Quirky fast-food spot with outdoor seats". I'll be napping on one of those seats.

Nov 05, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

A Tale of Two Shinjis

I'm 0/2 so far on the desserts. At least they always have tamagoyaki.

Nov 05, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

A Tale of Two Shinjis

Sign me up for the teriyaki beef burrito with fried egg gut bomb.

Shamefully I've never visited Oki-Shinji, but between your report and kevin's recent "Ode to Oki", it's moving up my list (along with a pattie melt at Pann's, which for some strange reason I'm obsessing over).

Nov 04, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

A Tale of Two Shinjis

Kiriko-Shinji is elegant and refined right up until the moment he teases you about the uni ice-cream...which they're out of. He cracks me up. Lots of love for him.

Handsome Cofffee DTLA , has it finally closed and the changeover took place already ?????

chrishei reminded me to check this place out.

They made my flat white from Sightglass' Owl's Howl, which is on the lighter side. No sourness, and the foam was fine, but not excellent.

The ham & cheese croissant from Sugarbloom Bakery, however, was stellar. I'm almost okay about not trying the kimchi/spam croissant that everybody raves about. Flaky and tasty.

Oct 30, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

G and B, mocha, not the usual.

I love the counter, the open space, the vibe and the service. I even love their hoppy, fizzy tea (thanks chrishei!).

I just don't love their roast.

But thanks to your write up, I'm willing to give the mocha a shot. Maybe with the ganache and syrup it'll be a revelation.

Oct 29, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

I like Boccalone and, on Farmer's Market days, 4505 Meats. Otherwise I'd rather eat at GCM.

Coffee-wise, G&B and BB make equally shitty flat whites, but BB has Liege Waffles, so it's slightly in their favor.

Oct 29, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

I've only had two ways - tartare and soup. But it was at the Truffle Gohan(TM) dinner, so I'm not complaining.

Oct 29, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

This from the guy who just "pops" into Shunji for kamatoro.

How are those baby snow crabs he posted?

Oct 28, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

...Shige-san wasn't in Japan? He should be back this week, go and visit him and report back on the scrambled egg.

Oct 28, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

The ankimo, ayu, tako was the zensai, but I forgot to take a picture. The sazae and ama-ebi furai (the heads) are kitchen dishes. I was sad that they didn't have the uni ice-cream :(

Oct 28, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

I really liked getting them one-by-one.

Agreed on the area. Chris parked in the lot next door, and we walked from there - to GCM, then to Frances Bakery and back. Ton of stuff to do. I actually like staying downtown these days.

Oct 28, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area
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Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

I hope you don't mind if I piggyback on this thread.

In order of photos, except for (0), because I was impatient. A * denotes a standout item.

0. (missing photo) ankimo, ayu, tako*
1. Sawara, hata, kanpachi, hotate, sanma*
2. Sazae
3. Kuromaguro
4. Tai
5. Buri
6. Katsuo
7. Shima-aji*
8. Aji
9. Ama-ebi
10. Ama-ebi furai
12. Uni
13. Ika-uni*
14. Toro
15. Kamasu
16. Kinmedai*
17. Anago
18. Iwashi*
19. Tamagoyaki*
20. Sake kawa temaki

Many thanks to TheOffalo and chrishei for joining me. They described it, with much modesty, as "a friendly neighborhood sushi joint". I hope they will post full reports.

I've seen detractors rate it below the usual places (I know kevin dislikes the nigiri) but after two visits I disagree. I don't find the sushi any less memorable than the other places, and I find it to be much more comforting, in the same manner as Go's Mart. I could eat here once a week.

Ken-san was unfortunately in Mexico, no doubt researching new Baja preps, but Shinji-san took wonderful care of us.

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

He should open one in Mission SF. Just stick it right on Valencia. Another gazillion dollars.

Oct 28, 2014
stravaigint in Los Angeles Area