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Ueru Ka Mu in Tarzana

kevin Sep 18, 2007 05:41 PM

Has anyone been here? any comments? thanks

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    WHills Sep 18, 2007 10:09 PM

    The cooked food is good, and there is a big variety. The sushi is mediocre to bad. I think it is overpriced, and the sushi quality is low. I generally go to Shibuya and Little Brother's for sushi. Uera Ka Mu's sushi is equal to or a tad above Crazy Tokyo Sushi, which I find barely edible. The fish is very fishy, and the sushi chefs are young and unskilled. The rice falls apart before you can eat it.

    If you like Japanese cooked food/bar food, try it, but stay away from the sushi. I spent $70 there for 2 for mediocre sushi and okay bar food.

    5 Replies
    1. re: WHills
      Bob Brooks Sep 19, 2007 04:53 PM

      I'm very sorry to hear this report. In the mid '90's, this was a weekly visit for us. We thought the sushi was excellent and very much enjoyed the variety of cooked dishes. The two brothers who were the sushi chefs showed real skill with their knives and the sushi and sashimi were always impeccable.

      Most of the times we ate there, we were surrounded by what we perceived as sophisticated Japanese clientele we knew good sushi and were willing to travel to get it. We only stopped going when we thought the pricing got a little out of hand; but never the quality.

      If you say the sushi chefs are young and unskilled, I can only assume that Kay and his brother must have moved on, since, although they looked young back in the day, they would by now have been doing this for at least 15 years.

      1. re: Bob Brooks
        liu Sep 20, 2007 08:21 AM

        Bob Brooks -- I was also a frequent customer during those years when they had no name on the outside -- only a fish in the window. It was very good, and I am sad to learn that it has changed so.

      2. re: WHills
        Sgee Sep 20, 2007 12:00 AM

        Unfortunately came away with the same impression from my dinner last week. Cooked food is not great either.

        Shibuya in Calabasas so far is still my top pick on the western end of the valley. Still have Sushi IIki to check out though.

        1. re: Sgee
          WHills Sep 20, 2007 08:31 PM

          Sushi Iki is a tad better on the high end stuff than Shibuya (live uni, scallop, giant clam). Shibuya is a bit more affordable, but Sushi Iki actually has better quality. Shibuya has better rolls and less of decor and service.

          1. re: WHills
            liu Sep 20, 2007 09:03 PM

            I agree...Sushi Iki is one of the best of the SF Valley.

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