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Urasawa - is there a best time to go?

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So, as a present to me for giving birth to my daughter, I'm going to Urasawa!! Along with my husband, but he's an afterthought. Ha ha!

Anyway, is there a best day of the week to go? A best month? A best season?

Sorry if these are stupid questions, but I've waited for this for so long (9 months without sushi is a LONG time) that I want to make sure to at least plan the best experience.

Thanks.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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  1. How lovely, and congrats!
    I have been 3 times in the last 3 years: 2 Fridays, one mid-week...cannot recall which seasons (do they exist here anyway?).
    Given that limited experience, I would say it makes no difference whatsoever.

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      I agree with you. I've had the good fortune of eating here 3 times and my fourth will be on my birthday at the end of this month. I think different times of the year offers different ingredients, but all wonderful. Go and enjoy, whenever.

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        >>...cannot recall which seasons (do they exist here anyway?).<<

        Geez, Ciao Bob - you've become totally Californicated - like totally! I'm guessing the seasons will determine what kinds of ingredients will be utilized at Urasawa. Since Hiro-san sources so much from Japan, and since most of Japan falls under four distinct seasons (like New York - remember? New York? Home? snapping fingers and waving hand in front of your LA-induced catatonic expression ;)), the seasonal thing will be very distinct during certain months, and there will be certain ingredients that he may source that will have very small windows during those seasons. And certain fishes definitely are seasonal or more desirable during certain times of the year - you know, imitation crab, fish sticks, etc. And we can't forget that Haas avocados for those California rolls... ;)

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        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Urasawa is extremely seasonal so it depends on your preferences for spring, summer, fall or winter fishes and vegetables. Whatever season, all ingredients will be of the highest quality. We prefer going early 6:00 or 6:30 - not a full bar at that time.

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          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Ah yes, I seem to (vaguely) recall that which you speak of.
            Actually, I find the seasonal variations of Hiro-san's menu to be so very interesting - they are like small but powerful notes in an over-arching musical theme that move the piece powerfully and subtly: it is that upon which the best music hinges.
            But I hardly know enough to select a "best" time to go - when one can afford it is my "final answer!"

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              At one point I did a composite post of our many dining experiences at Urasawa. I didn’t include any of the sushi dishes – just the beginning courses. You will notice how important seasonality is in Hiro’s approach to his cuisine. Also since the beginning, the wood of the sushi bar has been completely replaced with Cypress wood. What is interesting is that this smell of Cypress perfumes the air and surrounds you in its fragrance. As always Hiro-san is friendly, down-to-earth, warm and willing to explain each and every dish. As a side note, Hiro is now using about 175 grains of rice per piece of sushi

              Serene is the best way to describe dining at Urasawa. It is almost as much an aesthetic experience as it is a dining experience. Nothing from the “outside” intrudes. Because the maximum number of diners is 10, not even your dining companions disrupt this calm. In many respects this is like a ballet – carefully choreographed, unhurried and focused.

              Pics and descriptions here:

              http://lizziee.wordpress.com/2008/07/...

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              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              1. re: lizziee

                Thanks so much for all the advice. It sounds like I really can't go wrong. You've just convinced me that I must try it in every season!

                Thanks!