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Gyoza

Utsunomiya looks amazing, but I don't think we'll have the time to make it out there. The first time I was in Japan, we did walk through the gyoza stadium place (I believe it was in Ikebukuro somewhere?) Unfortunately, we passed up gyoza for the crazy wall of ice cream. I still regret eating that tako ice cream...

I guess I'll try to hunt for gyoza, although I'll be staying at Toranomon Hills for the first time, which seems like quite a sterile area

Aug 17, 2014
shouzen in Japan

Gyoza

I visit Japan infrequently, but lurk on the Japan boards a fair amount, and have been watching the discussions of weeks past with some amusement.

Since people seem to be tired of the same old, how about this topic - gyoza! I'll be back in Tokyo towards the end of the year - where should I go to get some gyoza? Are there different styles? I admit to only being familiar with the hard-seared, crispy-bottomed sort. Do you have a favourite hole-in-the-wall? Enlighten me (and your fellow CHers)! :)

Aug 16, 2014
shouzen in Japan

Sea and Smoke Del Mar

A sign that Matt Gordon is being stretched too thin by his projects...?

Jul 01, 2014
shouzen in San Diego
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San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Let's just say he's no Jonathan Gold...

Jun 19, 2014
shouzen in San Diego
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Beef heart

Update: checked out the Mexican market on Clairemont and they don't have beef heart. Will try WF and Zion next.

May 25, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Beef heart

As honkman mentioned, I want to try making it anticucho-style. All the versions I've had in Peru have ranged from very good to amazing.

I've had it a lot as thin slices, but the giant hunks of heart I've been eating have been remarkably tender.

May 11, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Beef heart

Just how far will I have to travel from La Jolla to find raw beef heart?

May 11, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Matcha Love (@ Mitsuwa)

I went there right after they opened, and the people behind a counter had a huge argument when I asked for matcha + black sesame. The lady in charge of the ice cream kept telling the cashier, "It's not going to taste good!". She actually made a combined one, tasted it, then REMADE a separate cup with the matcha and black sesame separated, that she eventually gave to me. Hey, she's got principles :D

May 03, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

Bottle conditioning = fermenting in the bottle. Load the drink into the bottle, put in some yeast, voila. Think of it like the secondary fermentation when making champagne.

Mar 15, 2014
shouzen in San Diego
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Cocktail Bars in SD

I would have to place Noble Experiment (when Anthony is making the cocktails) far above any other place in SD - in fact, just slightly below my top two all-time favourites (PDT and Violet Hour). His sense of balance matches up very well with my personal taste. I don't bother making reservations. Just show up at 7pm and get a seat at the bar counter (best seats in the house, anyway).

Saltbox is OK. Did not like Polite Provisions - drinks too sweet.

The other place that I quite enjoyed was Cusp, although I believe the bartender there is now at JSix.

Mar 12, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

The menu is also up on their website now. I am rather interested in checking out their tasting menu...

Mar 03, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I'm actually quite ambivalent about Osteria Mozza. The last time we were there, someone in the kitchen had a very heavy hand with the salt, and we haven't been back since. I am still very interested in trying Chi Spacca, though...

And now, back to the SD board...

Dec 05, 2013
shouzen in San Diego
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Has anyone heard anything about El Charco in Chula Vista? Someone on the board mentioned they were "closed for renovations" or something similar - I hope that was not a portent

Dec 02, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I suppose if one were so inclined, they could fill up with cheese samples from Venissimo next door

Nov 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I can finally add a data point.

Went today for lunch, figuring that most people would be too busy shopping and recovering from Thanksgiving to eat at Mozza. I was right. Walked in at about 12.30 and we were seated immediately.

Ordered fried squash blossoms, pane bianco, and two pizzas. All very good. Crust of pizzas thinner than LA/Newport Beach, but crisp, nicely blistered and delicious, although the dough tasted slightly on the bland side. Server said they are still trying to nail the crust consistently.

They sent out a comped order of arancini because the pizzas were slow out of the oven. It was mediocre.

Main issue is speed. They have 2 ovens, but food seems to take a long time here - hopefully they work that out. Apparently, they are still finalizing the non-pizza items on the menu. All in all, nearly as good as the original. Maybe quality suffers when they're busy (as other posts might suggest), but we did not experience that here with a relatively quiet dining room.

Nov 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

A data point from Kirbie's Cravings says that the pizza at the SD location is not up to par with the other locations. Her blog post even has comparison photos, haha!

Nov 25, 2013
shouzen in San Diego
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Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I, too, am interested in a Mozza-Mozza comparison. Like honkman, we really enjoy Mozza and go there almost every time we're up in LA.

Perhaps it's just not for you, El C, because I've never had a disappointing meal there. I'd say lunch there typically runs ~$70-80 after tax/tip for the 2 of us, which is fair for the quality and quantity.

Nov 20, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Any update on this?

Oct 22, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

TBL3 - Georges California Moderns

Nice. When was this meal? Very similar to the one we did in mid-August.

Oct 01, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

The Casualization of Dining

I'm more concerned with the casualization of food rather than of dress, but I suppose that's a whole other discussion...

Sep 14, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Candlenuts in San Diego?

Success!! I actually DID eventually find these at 99 Ranch, in the Indonesian section. You have to look veeeeery carefully... small clear plastic bag about 4x4"

Jul 22, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Candlenuts in San Diego?

Has anyone seen candlenuts in a store locally?

Jul 15, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

Seconded. Good burger.

Jul 06, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

I think they've been better in the past, and are in a decline. Or maybe I'm just being soft..

Jul 06, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

Met up with some out-of-town friends for lunch at Urban Solace to while away our Independence Day. Had the Griddle Burger, which was rather disappointing - it was definitely much better in the past. Ordered medium rare, it arrived medium (although this happens far too often everywhere, I never send a burger back for this - don't want to contribute to wastage). Lettuce was not crispy either. At least the egg bun was nice and sturdy, and the filling:bread ratio was correct. Fries were not crispy :(

Jul 04, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Delicias - 9-Course Tasting Menu or Keeping up with Chef McCabe

Amen to that...

Apr 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Amaya--La Jolla

I was here last week. Found the food surprisingly good (although the fried chicken was inconsistent between two portions), and service was really top-notch. The decor though, is really overwrought for my tastes, especially given the type of cuisine they seem to be serving - it makes no sense!

Wine list is reasonable given the type of establishment it is. As a side note, this might be one of the handful of places I've been to that actually CHANGES your napkin when you leave the table (as opposed to merely folding it).

Apr 05, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Buona Forchetta. Sí.

Apparently they will be doing lunch soon. I posted my opinion in the "New Places Opening" thread, but the quick summary would be Bruno > BF for me

Feb 23, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

One more thing: the tiramisu at BF is on point. It's the real deal, yay.

Random note: we recognized many of the FOH staff from Osteria Romantica. Seems like the former manager at Romantica is the owner of BF

Feb 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Visited here last night, after some drinks and apps at Polite Provisions.

Verdict on PP after 1 visit: good introduction to cocktails for casual drinkers. Drinks only $8. Bar is very high-volume (hence cocktails on tap being a great option for them). Cocktails need better balance, and too many are too sweet. Also need a better ice program. Not in the same league as Noble, but not trying to be. (Food from Soda & Swine this night was poor: undercooked fries and a Scotch Egg that fell apart - we cut our losses after those 2)

Verdict on Buona Forchetta after 1 visit: Did not try the non-pizza items. Crust needed more char (although it was nicely springy), and I felt they were cutting corners a bit due to the huge crowd. Had 5 pies here - for me, Bruno still reigns supreme in SD. Can't wait for Mozza to open...

Feb 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego