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Mar 19, 2005 12:17 PM


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Can anyone give me advise on this Sushi bar? I would love to try it, but not sure if it's worth the trip. I live in Sherman Oaks. Please help!

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  1. Are you inquiring about Shibucho in Costa Mesa? It seems to get uniformly rave reviews on this board, with the strong caveat to sit in front of Shibutani-san (the father) as opposed to the son. It's on my list of "must tries" but definitely a schlep esp. on a Saturday. I think there's another Shibucho on Beverly but I don't read as much about that one and am not sure about the history.

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    1. re: Debbie W.

      Thanks Debbie, it's the one on Beverly I'm most interested in. P.S., enjoy the croissant bread pudding!

      1. re: xoxohh

        Shibutani, the one who runs the one in Costa Mesa, originally opened Shibucho on Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles in the late 1970's. I first ate there in 1980.

        With success he expanded and opened a second one in Little Tokyo in the Yaohan, now Mitsuwa, Marketplace mall. As time went on and the strain of running two grew too great, he sold the Beverly one to Shige, who had worked for him.

        Shibutani decided to move back to Japan for a while, to train his son. He sold Shibucho downtown, which soon changed name to Tsukasa (search for reviews of old place) with Kawasaki-san as head chef, then to Kawa-cho with Kawasaki-san as really head chef. A blowout between him and the investor/owners led Kawasaki-san to leave Kawacho which changed names again. I ate there after he left= wasn't all that, didn't go back. Kawasaki re-emerged (at least to my ken) at Yamakasa in HOllywood where he works 5 days/wk.

        Shibutani came back from Japan and opened a new Shibucho in Costa Mesa.

        For the beverly one, worth the trip. (what is it, 15 minutes for Sherman Oaks? hop the 101 get off at Vermont, go south ohe block, left on BEverly, swing right at Virgil to stay on Beverly, few blocks past Commonwealth, next to the mall with the 7-11, park on street in front of restaurant). I just called, they are open M-Sat, 6pm-midnight.

        1. re: Jerome

          Thanks for the history, Jerome.

          1. re: Jerome

            Loved the history! Thank you.

            EDIT: Sorry...just noticed that this was a 5.5 year old thread

      2. I believe the one on Beverly closed a while ago. Shige, the owner, was all by himself at the end and he was talking about closing. We drive by there all the time and it looks deserted.

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        1. re: Food622

          I was at Shibucho on Beverly about 2 months ago. The food was amazing, the toro so fatty it was a shade of barely tickled pink. I'm actually very picky and particular about my sushi, and I'd still highly recommend it.

          1. re: vbabe

            shibucho's on beverly is indeed open. just ate there last week.
            yes vbabe, the toro was incredible. also had sauteed scallops in a foie gras sauce; and uni that was so fresh and delicious it gave me a head rush.
            his wine list is extensive and can be expensive, but just tell him what you want to spend. we had a very nice spanish rioja for $45.
            go omakase.

        2. Sorry to bump such an old thread, but how much am I looking at PP @the Beverly location?

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          1. re: ns1

            Just went 2 months ago... It depends on your choice of alcohol.

            Shibutani-san buys many of his wines at auction. So, while your (absolutely delicious) omakase may run $75 per person, that bottle of Romanee-Conti you decide to open up may cost you $7500.

            1. re: J.L.

              Not interested in drinking, just the omakase ;)

              1. re: J.L.

                ate there a couple months ago. i think you'll find the omakase a little bit north of 75 bucks. closer to 100, maybe more.

                el linus

                1. re: linus

                  cool, thanks. c'moooooooon economic stimulus

                  1. re: ns1

                    about 60 bucks when i was last there, but that was not a full on omakase, no foie gras, no caviar, no desserts, no eggplant parm.

                    1. re: kevin

                      <<no eggplant parm>>
                      Woah, kevin -- please, tell me more -- I have eaten there about 20 times and never had no eggplant parm.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                        it was mentioned on his website when the website was still around (can you believe he actually had a website)? and not me, but kevinh reviewed on this here board and on his blogsite i believe.

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          Shige told me he only serves the parm to wine drinkers for the pairing. May explain why you have never been served it.