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sqroot3 Aug 9, 2006 05:02 AM

Where's a good place to buy sashimi close to the south bay? I've searched the LA board and found older posts mentioning Mitsuwa, Marukai, and 99 Ranch. I'm not near downtown or Glendale often enough to hit up Big Fish and IMP--so what are your recommendations for a short drive or perhaps a longer drive that'll be worth the time and gas?

Would you recommend any place on or near the Redondo Beach pier for sashimi?

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    zkaudio Feb 25, 2007 04:04 PM

    this is a question i have asked so many people, great post.

    Is mitsuwa a club type store where you need a membership? I thought marukai requires membership at least

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      sqroot3 Aug 12, 2006 03:17 AM

      Marukai's chutoro is $60 per pound. They didn't have mackerel, but I came home happy anyway.

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        lawjag Aug 10, 2006 03:12 PM

        I went to both Mitsuwa and they always have good quality sashimi, especially yellow tail.

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          sqroot3 Aug 10, 2006 07:12 AM

          Thanks for all the replies. I went to Nijiya...there wasn't a big selection and I couldn't tell when the fish was packaged. Irvine is a bit far, but I'll check out Mitsuwa and Marukai.

          I don't pretend to know Japanese, but do Mitsuwa and Marukai have toro as well as maguro?

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            BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 10, 2006 05:21 PM

            Both stores will have maguro and they may have both chutoro and otoro depending on the day. Otoro is fattier and more expensive then chutoro. I think chutoro is fatty enough.

            I was at Marukai yesterday and they had all 3 types of tuna. I ended up getting the chutoro because it looked the most appealing. I think it was about $40 a pound. It is so much cheaper than eating at a restaurant!

            I also bought hamachi and ikura. They don't have a large selection like a sushi bar, but I think it's enough variety for home. We make what my husband calls "sushi tacos" (called temaki in Japanese). Everybody makes their own "sushi taco" with the ingredients of their choice. Take a square of nori put sushi rice on it and whatever else you desire fold it like a taco and eat. It's much easier than making the long rolls or individual nigiri sushi.

            Hope you enjoy your sashimi!

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            Alice Aug 9, 2006 08:04 AM

            Aren't Marukai and Mitsuwa in the South Bay? I've had sashimi from both and both were very fresh. The scallops from Marukai were especially good.

            Mitsuwa
            21515 Western Ave.,
            Torrance, CA 90501
            (310)-782-0335
            9:00AM - 8:00PM

            Marukai
            1740 W Artesia Blvd
            Gardena, CA 90248
            (310) 660-6300

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              BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 9, 2006 06:30 PM

              If you go to either of these stores, make sure that you purchase the sashimi from the fish dept and slice it up yourself. Don't get the pre-cut stuff from the food court or the bento section. The fish dept is far superior.

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                Mrs Fang Aug 10, 2006 12:35 AM

                I agree with Bombay. The fish will be trimmed; all you've got to do is slice it. And I've had slightly better fish from Mitsuwa, though Marukai's prices are a tad lower.

                Look for the inexpensive chunked-up tuna for making spicy tuna mix. You don't need to roll it, it's even good on tortilla chips (substitute salmon, as well).

                As far as Redondo Beach pier, people have reported good, fresh uni from Quality Seafood. Most of the fish is fresh, of course, but you've got to do more work than if you purchase from Mitsuwa or Marukai. I'm way too lazy for that.

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              ristretto Aug 9, 2006 05:37 AM

              Nijiya Market (2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance in Rolling Hills Plaza) has a nice selection of sushi/sashimi to go.

              1. Kitchen Queen Aug 9, 2006 05:32 AM

                Go to 99 Ranch in Irvine - Their sashimi is not bad. :) KQ

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