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Feb 27, 2011 02:24 PM

Mori Sushi long does it take?

Also would love the pricing options range and how long the omakase at Mori Sushi takes...


Mori Sushi
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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  1. As I recall, $95 and up (usually I've never spent more than $175 per person, food only, but that's the upper limit of the highest end I've had).

    I like to eat deliberately and slowly, so my typical omakase there usually runs 3 hours+.

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    1. re: J.L.

      175 even though a lot of money is not too bad considering that Zo, which is more of a standard omakase with no cooked dishes, arrives at about 125 per person, without any tax, tips, or drinks.

      I forgot about my mini-review of Mori that I went to a few months back (but the highlights were the Hokkaido uni, much more orange, and more vibrant flavor than the piece of domestic uni I tried and the persimmon jelly with sliced fruit was one of the very best fruit desserts I have had in a restaurant in ages, I only had a slight miscommunication that slightly soured the experience that day, though the other pieces of sushi were just not as great nor was the toro was soft and meltiningly tender in the mouth as the sushi at say a Zo, or Nozawa, or Sasabune, although those are all very well sluiced with sauce which some would say is a travesty with good fish, and Mori, I'll have to admit undersauces if anything).

      12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      1. re: kevin

        It's only undersauced in comparison to the places that drown their sushi in sauce such as Nozawa and Sasabune. In fact, I don't see how you could really judge the quality of any fish at Sasabune if the fish is dripping in ponzu sauce and has been pre cut and sitting around for hours...but that's just me.

        Not all fish should be "meltingly tender". Each fish should have a different taste and texture profile. I'd be a bit upset if my snapper or kawahagi or my suzuki was "meltingly tender" like farmed hamachi or albacore.

        Also "meltingly tender" doesn't determine the quality of fish. "Meltingly tender" is how Nozawa and Sasabune have successfully marketed their brand of sushi to LA. But it's more LA style sushi than traditional sushi.

        I agree, it is a travesty to drown good fish in sauce which is why Mori doesn't do it.

        1. re: Porthos

          Very well said Porthos.
          Have you tried Shunji yet? He get's things right too. Really right, IMHO.

          7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            tell me more about shunji's, never heard of it.

            1. re: kevin

              Shunji has a very long history of serving great fish in LA, going back to Nobu's early days. And he was the man who started Asanebo.
              He just opened his newest place at Melrose and La Brea.
              I think it is great.

              11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                cool, is this the same space that used to be azami or azumi?

                also, does he serve up the nobu and asanebo style dishes? i'm suprised i haven't even hear of it yet.

                did he just open the sushi bar?


                1. re: kevin

                  No, it is a block and 1/2 North-East of there, north side of Melrose and East of La Brea. Same block as Hot Wings, Anarkali and a Jiffy Lube.

                  Yes, he does fusion and traditional. The fish selection is not ginormous, I would like to see him go after some rarer fish but they just opened...we'll see.
                  Last time I was there he served a very simple, meltingly tender and buttery delicious bamboo dish with salt. Lovely. Also an "Agedashi tomato" that he had just invented. As well as great fish.

                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                    Another vote for Shunji's. Both traditional and fusion done well.

                    7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    2. Went last weekend and the sushi omakase was $110 before tax/tip and around 2 hours on a Saturday. I'm guessing this varies a bit though depending on the fish available.