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Apr 4, 2007 06:03 PM

Real wasabi at Nishimura?

Today lunch at a downtown sushi bar, I asked the chef if he knew where they serve real wasabi.
He recommended Nishimura (on Melrose), he said the chef will grate real wasabi ($100+ / lb...) right there in front of you.
I searched this board, not may recent threads, very opposing views, nobody mentioned the real wasabi.

Questions for the connoisseurs:

a) do they grate real wasabi in front of you at Nishimura?

b) how good is the sushi ?

c) how good are the cooked dishes ?

Chef said to expect about $100 pp, less than Urasawa, but definitely more than a sushi place downtown.

Bonus piece of info: Chef I spoke to speaks two languages (and I'm quoting here), Tokyo and Osaka; he mentioned the fact Chef at Nishimura speaks same two languages.

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  1. I've not been to Nishimura, but I've had fresh wasabi grated in front of me at Mori and Kiriko.

    Keep asking around; there may be other places that have it as a secret option. (It's not secret at all at Mori; it's mentioned on the menu as available at extra cost but seems to be included when you order omakase.)

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    1. re: HPLsauce

      K-Zo in Culver City grated me a big pile of fresh wasabi ...

    2. Went to Nishimura a while back and was wowed by the omakase. We sat at the bar, and both sushi and cooked dishes were incredible. They did have real wasabi, but they are not the only place to do so. I've had it at Azami when I get omakase at the bar, and I know they use it at Sushi Sushi (again omakase at the bar).
      Bonus info: Am I not getting the joke? Tokyo & Osaka have their own dialects, but it's like saying I speak NYC & L.A.

      1. I second Mori and Kiriko... If I recall, the one time I was at Mori, they grated it on the traditional sharkskin...

        1. yah, it's hardly a secret menu thing...I've gotten fresh wasabi at Sushi Go 55, even. ("even" just because they're hardly uppa-crust. they're pretty wonderful!)

          generally, I'm guessing that most sushi places worth their saba have it as an option, just one that most of the clientele don't exercise.

          1. I've had freshly grated real wasabi at Kagaya. They also have real Andean salt. It's pinkish and they grate it from large rocks. It has a very nice flavor.

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            1. re: lil mikey

              Wow - the gourmet rock salt craze has hit here as well... It's huge right now in Japan... That's a nice touch - I would imagine it could add a whole new dimension to what you're eating...