- Alice Jan 30, 2006 07:45 PM
Tried Irori after being much raved about on the board. Waited about 20 min for a table. I liked the decor, very traditional looking, everyone looked like they were sitting on the ground but there were holes in the floor for your legs. We sat at the sushi bar, and Shige was our chef. We had the omakase and it was quite enjoyable. Started off with a mountain potato with some seaweed topped with uni, in a ponzu sauce. I love this dish - I've only been able to find it at sushi gen. Then we had something called sashimi news? which was halibut wrapped around uni drizzled in a hot oil with some shoyu - melted in your mouth. Next we had snow crab tempura - so light and delicate dipped in a sweet and sour type sauce. Next we had a piece of black cod, which was rather large and quite tasty but was a little too much for an omakase portion. Then came the sushi - blue fin tuna - pretty good, toro - excellent, amaebi - good, but not the best, salmon - ok, albacore - very good, yellowtail - I honestly can't remember this one or if we even had it, uni - delicious, no aftertaste, perfect flavor, just melted in your mouth. I think that was about it??
Overall it was a palatable dining experience and a nice neighborhood spot. I would definitely return. I enjoyed it more than Sushi Masu on Westwood, but we also didn't get the Omakase at Masu.
I had the omakase for $50 this past Sat night. Fabulous melt in your mouth- unbelievably fresh and certainly on a par with ANY LA (or NY) sushi restaurant in my opinion. Omakase included all the exotic specials including Japanese imports like sweet shrimp, toro, and cooked specials. I figure same meal would run upwards of $150 at the famous sushi houses.
Fantastic find. No reservations necessary but expect to wait for a table at peak times. Just wrote-in my vote to Zagat, so the cat's out of the bag....
Since it is one of my favorite sushi restaurants, I have been following the reviews for Irori the past months. I have to say that I agree and disagree with some posts so I decided to finally share my opinions. The rise in the caliber of the food (especially the amazingly fresh sushi) has obviously been noted. I have tried all the chefs, included the much raved Masaru. He was in fact the first chef I tried at the restaurant and I was impressed...that was until I tried the other two master chefs Shege and Yuki. Their cuts and presentation truly represent the Japanese art of sushi - much cleaner simpler elegant cuts. I have to admit masaru's sushi seemed novice compared to these chefs.
I also love the restaurant because I am able to go on a quiet date there or enjoy a loud night with my boys.
Overall, I am glad I found this restaurant in this area, because I was getting frustrated with the other choices out there.