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Mar 17, 2011 09:36 AM

Finally booked Urasawa but now hesitant


Hello Chowhounds,

I would really be appreciative of anyone who is willing to offer his/her opinion on my current predicament. Allow me to preface by saying that I am fully aware that aforementioned predicament means absolutely nothing in light of the current events in Japan.

My significant other and I had finally made reservations at Urasawa for next week. When he called and inquired about the issue, the hostess assured him that what is happening is not affecting the restaurant. As much as I would like and really want to believe this, I am a bit apprehensive. Would anyone be willing to offer his or her take on the situation? Thank you in advance.

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

  1. I don't understand your question. maybe you left out some details?

    4 Replies
    1. re: TailbackU

      My apologies for the confusion. From what I understand, the ocean is or will be affected by the radiation so I'm wondering if we should keep the reservation or cancel.

      1. re: Brewer56

        My understanding was that varieties of fish would not be available for shipment to the US [or anywhere] due to the situation. Not that it would be contaminated. I would be concerned that I would be missing out for that reason.

        I'm sure all fish is inspected anyway.

        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

          If the USDA inspects more than 1% of the fish I would be surprised.

      2. What issue? The tragedy in Japan?

        I can think of nothing better than supporting Japanese-owned businesses here in the states as these people undoubtedly have family back home they are trying to help. Giving them your business could only be beneficial.

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        1. re: CarrieWas218

          I couldn't agree with you more and I have been trying to reconcile this with my concerns (is it currently unsafe to eat at a restaurant that gets its fish and ingredients directly from Japan?) over the fish which is why I wanted to get the astute opinions of the CH board.

          1. forget the radiation -- the real issue is the price and overall meal -- sorry chowhounders the place is overrated.

            1. The ingredients are actually garnered from all over the world. I'd still go in a heartbeat. No hesitation whatsoever.

              Go. Eat. Enjoy.

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              1. re: J.L.

                Thank you, J.L. I was under the impression that everything came directly from Japan.

                1. re: Brewer56

                  I think you can safely assume that there is no fishing in the contaminated area of Japan. How much all of japan's waters is radiactively affected cannot be determined right now. If you are worried and are in no hurry to sample Urasawa's delights, you can always make a reservation later.

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

                  1. re: cfylong

                    It is not just the waters where they fish...the fish is then brought upon land. that would be my main concern.