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Jan 7, 2008 12:03 PM

On the hunt for buri belly (Japanese amberjack)

You sushi fans out there know what I'm talking about. It's winter time, which means that the buri is no longer the lean machine it was in the summer, and its otoro is a delicious and bountiful morsel that rivals that of any fish.

Does anyone have any leads as to which sushi shop has it in stock?

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  1. I've had really tasty amberjack at Izayoi when it was on the specials list.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Sushi Zo offered up the best version I've ever had last year around this time.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Sushi Zo had it a few weeks ago and it was sublime.

          1. re: Hailyn

            Would Keizo serve this instead of his amberjack sashimi with a bit of jalapeno on top as dish #2 in his omakase, or do you specifically have to request it?

            1. re: NAspy

              As I recall, I did not have it as dish #2 -- (dish #1 was a kumamoto oyster; dish #2 was abalone) or as sashimi, but rather, as nigiri well towards the end of the meal. I'm sure if you requested it specifically you could have however Keizo thinks it should best be served.

              1. re: Hailyn

                I figured Zo would have it, but I'm hoping to expand my boundaries a bit. I'm headed to Mori on Wednesday so I'll let you know if it's there.

                My favorite toro (buri or otherwise) is still at Sushi Ike.

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  So? How was the buri at Mori last night? Did you get the urge to eat the whole thing like I did?

                  1. re: Porthos

                    It was buri chutorio, not otoro, which was a little disappointing but still pretty good.

                2. re: Hailyn

                  I asked because his usual second dish is in fact amberjack sashimi. this sounds marvelous and a good reason to head back soon....

          2. I was lucky enough to be at Sushi Nishi-ya last Friday when there was some skipjack though, darn, bu the amberjack was beautiful!
            Listen to Bon Vivant, but don't tell anyone else, about Izayoi...when I've had their amberjack, it has been perfect, petite and delicate cuts of sashimi...mmmm.