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$u$hi at Its Best

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When you get invited for a Sushi Dinner with 7 other people and are told it will run $1,000.00 a couple (with sake and tip), I shrugged and passed it off as a "No Go". I've only had a handfull of 4 digit meals in my life but they were all well worth it and were in the French Laundry league.

In steps my wife whose birthday was last week and a trip to Napa was planned but called off due to our kids school schedule. "Honey, I really want to go for this Sushi Dinner and Napa would have been a whole lot more!" With that reasoning I said Happy Birthday and went to Urasawa in Beverly Hills last night. I am happy to announce that it was absolutley worth every dollar.

Master Sushi Chef Hiro was an artist with such excellent skills and amazing taste, my cheap bones didn't squawk a bit. Every dish of the 12 + courses was such an adventure
in flavor and texture / aroma and vision. It was well above and beyond any sushi envelope I have ever seen pushed before. It was a three hour marathon of culinary delight.

I would love to outline the meal in detail, but most of the dishes were so strange and unfamilar that beyond the Kobe beef and sweet shrimps, I am at a loss to inform.

How can I recommend such a lavish and expensive meal? It's hard, but I DO!

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  1. Sounds great :0) How much did it come out to be for you and your wife?

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    1. re: chowmominLA

      $925.00 all inclusive. Great night. I won't do it to often, but Urasaw was very special!

      1. re: mjalz

        How much do you think it would have been without alcohol?

          1. re: chowmominLA

            Food only there is $250 last time I checked, and that'll get you around 10 dishes and 20 pieces of nigiri.

            Photos from my trip to Urasawa: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...

            1. re: kevin h

              The price has gone up to $275 per person. There is no longer free corkage either, which was charged at $30 per bottle. Evian is still $8 per bottle.

              But it's one of those places where if you have to ask.....

              Oh, and it's worth every penny and then some. Best meal experience ever.

              1. re: yen

                Interesting. Thanks for the update. I wonder what prompted him to raise prices and start charging corkage.

              2. re: kevin h

                Fantastic. i enjoyed that report

        1. If i win in the new Lotto Raffle game, I might just head over there.

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          1. re: slacker

            That's EXACTLY what I told my husband after I bought our Raffle ticket!

          2. If I win the lotto, every member of the CH Los Angeles board is eating at Urasawa with me.

            I guess I'll still have to keep my day job after hitting the jackpot.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              One word describes you: Selfless...thanks...we'll be watching those numbers...

            2. Next - Ocha Kaiseki - think Urasawa creating those dishes in the most beautiful tea garden... save those frequent flier miles and go to Kyoto...

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                Next summer ('08) Japan with the family. I put down your recommendation! Thanks

              2. Great "back story" on your trip to Urasawa.

                Only 12 (+) dishes...I seem to recall that Hiro regularly serves 30 to 40 dishes to a customer. Has Hiro dramatically changed his food service?

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                1. re: FKA Andrew

                  No, we just got full and he might have upped the portions