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Looking for a delicious spicy tuna bowl...

f_diva Apr 20, 2008 04:53 PM

I've been searching far and wide for the most satisfying tuna bowl! My favorite so far is, if you'd believe it, Asa-ya on Culver/Braddock. I'm a sucker for the mayonnaise-y goodness...but they're closed on Sundays, so I need an option #2. Any suggestions? A reasonable drive from West LA would be a plus...

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  1. liu RE: f_diva Apr 20, 2008 05:51 PM

    Other than a sushi bar, I think Bristol Farms (specifically the Westlake Village store, but they are probably all pretty good) does a good job with their spicy tuna bowl. You can choose from two: one with rice and one for carb watchers (with lettuce and no rice). BUT, there is a trick: try to purchase and eat this bowl BEFORE the rice has had a chance to cool. This means that you will want to arrive at the store while they are making them in the morning and have it for lunch (don't refrigerate), or ask them if they will make you a fresh one -- providing they still have warm rice available at the time of your special request...some stores are more accommodating than others.
    To my tastes, Bristol Farm sushi is next best to going to a good sushi bar, and even superior to many.
    Also, ask for a heavy sprinkle of sesame seeds...and they will also give you extra mayo -- should you desire -- although I much prefer chili oil for that extra kick!

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      f_diva RE: liu Apr 21, 2008 09:37 AM

      Aaah, buying in the morning, that's a good trick. The last time I got a tuna bowl from there, I just put it on my windshield while I drove home from work, and the sun warmed it to a reasonable temperature. Not ideal...but better than eating it straight up.

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      ctan RE: f_diva Apr 20, 2008 08:56 PM

      I really like the spicy tuna bowl at Nijaya market on Sawtelle. The shiso leaves, slice of avocado, sprinkles of sesame seeds and squirt of spicy mayonnaise on top make it delicious, and at around $6, it's not bad for a meal.

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        DaringDinerDarren RE: f_diva Apr 20, 2008 09:08 PM

        My associates and I enjoyed a fantastic spicy tuna poki bowl at Dai Chan in Studio City today, however Hide Sushi on Sawtelle will make you a delicious spicy tuna bowl as well.

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          Das Ubergeek RE: DaringDinerDarren Apr 21, 2008 07:30 PM

          Agree wholeheartedly. I love Daichan. Note that it is not related to the kaiten sushi place.

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          gsw RE: f_diva Apr 20, 2008 09:21 PM

          When I worked at UCLA in 2005 I used to get a nice spicy tuna bowl for lunch at the little sushi restaurant on Westwood between Kinross and Lindbrook. I can't remember the name, but its on the west side of the street, just south of the Rite Aid at the corner of Kinross and Westwood. It's up a little half-flight of steps.

          Nice folks work there. You can get sushi in a combo or ala carte, and they have a lunch special spicy tuna bowl. I liked sitting at the counter overlooking the street, and watching the sights as I ate.

          1. ipsedixit RE: f_diva Apr 20, 2008 09:24 PM

            The Hump at the SM airport.


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              liu RE: ipsedixit Apr 20, 2008 10:11 PM

              The Hump -- I SO agree!
              But this bowl will be in a class by itself...! I really like their food!

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              Diana RE: f_diva Apr 21, 2008 10:52 AM

              Believe it or not, Gelson's is pretty darn good for a supermarket.. IF you ask, they'll make it for you fresh, or they'll make one with only veggies and no rice. Or with brown rice.

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                Diana RE: f_diva Apr 22, 2008 06:25 AM

                Sushi House of Taka has goos spicy tuna. I thibnk he calls it "ceviche" or something. A good bowl, and a big one, too.

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                  ChineseChou RE: f_diva Apr 22, 2008 10:33 PM

                  One of the best tuna bowls is in Little Tokyo called T.O.T. I don't know what TOT stands for but it's on 2nd Street in Little Tokyo Plaza. The bowl has a scoop of spicy tuna, some slices of tuna sashimi, a salad of greens and a scoop of rice. All for about $9.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: ChineseChou Apr 23, 2008 08:38 AM

                    If we were in New York, T.O.T. would mean "toches oyfen tish", which is Yiddish for "butt on the table", or in other words let's just speak plainly.

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                      Servorg RE: ChineseChou Apr 23, 2008 08:56 AM

                      Just a bit of Corp. shorthand:

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                      pharmnerd RE: f_diva Apr 22, 2008 11:35 PM

                      Fire tuna bowl at Joymart in Little Tokyo was interesting and good. Only avail during lunch I believe.

                      Love me the Asa-ya BTW. One of the better bang for the buck to-go Japanese joints around the Westside IMO. I've eaten there for years, even when they were called Masa-ya by the previous owner.

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