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Great Meal at Sushi Iki

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wakko11 Jan 22, 2010 01:55 PM

My wife and I went to our favorite sushi place, Sushi Iki, for our anniversary last night and it was simply wonderful.

We enjoyed:

Live Spiny Lobster Sashimi - Lobster tail meat is mixed with tobikko and served with a sauce with a slightly spicy sauce. The edges of the tail meat was cut off and broiled with a mayonnaise-based sauce. Truly stupendous.

Live Sea Scallop Sushi - Very sweet sea scallop served with a bit of caviar and sauced with a combination soy and yuzu. Amazing. The edges ("lips") of the scallop are served on the side with a little seaweed salad. Very fresh tasting.

Blue Fin Maguro Sushi - Very fresh and deep flavor. Better than toro from a lot of places.

Halibut Sushi - Lightly sauced and served with shiso. Very nice texture.

Red Snapper Sushi - Seasoned with yuzu and salt with shiso. Very nice.

Yellowtail Toro Sushi - Very fatty cut of fish lightly sauced. Melts in your mouth good.

Kawahagi Sushi - One of the best items of the night. Kawahagi (filefish?) liver with a little truffle wrapped in rice paper. Amazing unctuous flavor. Chef Eddie calls it "ocean foie gras".

Shima Aji - Lovely piece of spanish mackerel, deftly cut in a cross hatchpattern. Very delicious. My wife was served the deep-fried backbone of the mackerel, also. Very nice.

Shima Saba - This is the only place I eat saba. House-marinated without the super-sharp vinegary taste you get everywhere else. Very tender and delicious.

Bluefin Otoro Sushi - Very, very well marbled with fat. Simply melts in your mouth and has great flavor.

At the end, they served us fried ice cream and sung "Happy Anniversary" to us (in the theme of Happy Birthday).

It was an evening more than well spent.

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Sushi Iki
18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356

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  1. liu RE: wakko11 Jan 22, 2010 01:59 PM

    I am a huge Sushi Iki fan!
    This is a nice write-up and you have reminded me of how really good it is!

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      kevin RE: wakko11 Jan 30, 2010 12:11 PM

      How much was the bill, and more importantly how much is an order of bluefin otoro sushi?

      What kind of truffle was on the kawahagi sushi?

      Thanks. I've actually still not been to this joint, if I'm not mistaken it's a block or so away from another great sushi joint, Yotsuya.

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        VJ the singing CHEF RE: wakko11 Jan 12, 2011 10:24 AM

        My favorite, I really hope more people frequent this spot!

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          kevin RE: VJ the singing CHEF Jan 12, 2011 07:41 PM

          can you please elaborate on why it is so great, dishes, presentation, etc? thanks.

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