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ISO Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

Lov2eat May 15, 2006 02:30 PM

Hi Gang! My newest quest is to find GREAT spicy tuna on crispy rice. I assume anyone who does this well, does other sushi/rolls well. Price is not an issue and area is Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc...

As usual, thanks in advance!!

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    fdb Jan 7, 2008 11:54 PM

    This sounds like the latest fad food on the menu in every (well, almost) Japanese restaurant now. Just had a pretty good version at Bar Hayama with a sliver of fresh jalapeno on top. Hot!

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      lindalou1026 Jan 2, 2008 11:42 AM

      Miru in Beverly Hills on Olympic; near Doheney & Beverly... in a small shopping Center... they have a huge menu; but I love their spicy tuna on crispy rice... I believe they call it The Bomb.... it's terrific

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        xoxoMNxoxo Dec 26, 2007 10:32 PM

        I've been to a lot of places with Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice and my favorite place so far has been Prime Grill in Beverly Hills. It is located in Rodeo Collection on Rodeo Dr. You'll love it--guaranteed.

        1. ElJeffe Nov 25, 2007 11:56 AM

          Agree on Musha. Also try Ma'Kai if you if you just want it with a drink or aren't in the mood for a traditional Japanese restaurant.

          1. aching Nov 25, 2007 11:25 AM

            I second the vote for K-Zo in Culver City - I love their version! I'm also had quite good versions at Takami in Downtown LA (they're bite-size, which I like a lot) and, surprisingly, Geisha House in Hollywood.

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              appleshi Mar 19, 2010 09:39 AM

              I second K-zo. They get the rice super crispy, not soggy at all! I am craving it now!

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              fatnoodles Nov 24, 2007 10:43 PM

              just had it tonight at Katsuya in Encino and it was YUM!
              i don't care what anyone says, Katsuya is still my favorite sushi joint.

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                soccerandlost Nov 24, 2007 04:12 PM

                The best Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice in the LA area is Katsu-ya. They may have "slipped" in some other areas as some have noted (although I still think it's better than those folks will give it credit for), this is one of their signature dishes and it remains delicious. I have tried this dish at most of my other favorite sushi places (including Iroha, down the street from Katsu-Ya Studio City) and none has perfected the ratio and consistency of the rice and tuna the way that Katsu-Ya has.

                Mori is still my favorite sushi, hands down. But for more inventive sushi, I still love Katsu-Ya. And especially their spicy tuna on crispy rice.

                1. Azizeh Barjesteh Nov 24, 2007 03:00 PM

                  Yoshi's Sushi in West Hollywood has it, among other tasty sushi. Good prices too.

                  8274 Santa Monica Blvd
                  (323) 848 9105

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                    cookingirl Nov 23, 2007 06:00 PM

                    You should definitely try K-ZO in Culver City - they have spicy tuna on crispy rice plus amazing sushi and Japanese "tapas".

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                      highforpie Nov 23, 2007 05:07 PM

                      Katana on Sunset does this. I haven't had it anywhere else so I can't really compare.

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                        Dave and Stuff Nov 23, 2007 03:38 PM

                        Yatai on Sunset's version puts all others to shame...last time I went in, I had to order TWO orders...just for me!

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                          spbart Nov 23, 2007 03:37 PM

                          I just ate at Yen Sushi @ 9618 N Pico Blvd 90035 - upstairs from the Ralphs. So good! It is a little on the expensive side but the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice was incredible.

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                            bosanova99 Jun 2, 2007 01:05 PM

                            Iwata in Sherman Oaks is the best!

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                              SlMONE Jun 2, 2007 12:39 PM

                              does anyone know where you can get spicy tuna on crispy rice deliverd in hollywood???

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                                SlMONE Jun 2, 2007 12:27 PM

                                I love Iroha.. small but very cosy.. and the food is amazing, six big pieces of spicy tuna on crispy rice for 13 dollars..

                                Iroha is on Ventura in Studio City!!

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                                  blk Jan 9, 2007 08:16 PM

                                  Haven't tried it myself, but friends keep telling me that Azami on Melrose near LaBrea (across the street from M Cafe and Pinkberry) has really good tuna on crispy rice.

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                                    neobite Jan 9, 2007 07:50 PM

                                    A third vote for Musha in Santa Monica - their version is outstanding. Spicy and flavorful with slivers of fresh jalepeno, but the fish really comes through and the rice crackers are perfect. Check out pengrin's photo of it here:

                                    Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pengrin/...

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                                      hrhboo Jan 11, 2007 08:13 PM

                                      And another vote here! Outstanding.

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                                        mollyomormon Nov 25, 2007 11:56 AM

                                        I love the Musha version too but it definitely doesn't contain jalapenos.

                                      2. Moose Jan 9, 2007 07:34 PM


                                        You must try the firecracker roll at Tatsuki in Woodland Hills:

                                        21630 Ventura Blvd
                                        Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                                        I order mine extra spicy with extra chili oil.


                                        1. Clare K Jan 9, 2007 07:07 PM

                                          Koi has the most amazing spicy tuna on crispy rice that I have had. There is a tiny sliver of jalapeno on each (you can easily remove if it's too hot for ya).

                                          I don't necessarily think Koi is authentic Japanese food, but for this dish and other cal-Asian dishes, it's the best.


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                                            Diana Jan 9, 2007 06:51 PM

                                            eew, Katsu ya has really plummeted. I prefer it from House of Taka in Sherman oaks

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                                              mongogirl Jan 9, 2007 06:17 PM

                                              I first had this at Koi but Kanzen in Redondo Beach makes it better and you don't have to take out a loan to pay for it.

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                                                tenom dude May 15, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                If you want to try making it yourself...whether crispy rice or other creative and inventive "companions", try buying the spicy mayo, AND the sashimi grade tuna at Snapper Jon's in Woodland Hills. I bought some tuna, and the spicy mayo there, and some smelt eggs at Bristol Farms, and had fun making my own Spicy Tuna!! Man, it was great!

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                                                  BIM May 15, 2006 07:44 PM

                                                  You should check out HamaSaku, in a mini-mall near Santa Monica & Sepulveda. They do a great version of that crispy rice thing and a lot of other high-end creative rolls.

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                                                    jcwla May 15, 2006 10:49 PM

                                                    Ooh...love the Fox roll!

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                                                      BIM May 16, 2006 01:33 AM

                                                      Yeah - you right about Koi, too.

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                                                    ThatPat May 15, 2006 06:29 PM

                                                    Musha, an izakaya restaurant (not sushi) on Wilshire neare 5th St. in Santa Monica has a very nice spicy tuna on crispy rice (cracker). It's quite addictive. I love Musha. The friendliest restaurant in all of L.A.!

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                                                      Lov2eat May 15, 2006 04:31 PM

                                                      You guys are awesome! Sushi Katsu-ya is where the dinner will be.

                                                      Thanks again for all your help.

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                                                        Frank May 15, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                        Sushi Katsu-ya on Ventura Blvd. does the best, I think.

                                                        I believe they developed Koi's special menu, including this item.

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                                                          tokyoastrogirl Jan 9, 2007 08:48 PM

                                                          I feel that Katsuya on Ventura has gone WAY downhill. Years ago, I loved everything I ate there. These days it's so crowded, the waitresses holler (WHAT ELSE?) so you'll order quickly, and the "crispy" rice is soft and still hot which doesn't bode well for the cool tuna on top. I think they have to crank so many out that they are not made properly anymore. I agree that Koi has the superior version. As much as I'm not one for a scene, I have to say that Koi's food is very, very good.

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                                                            Maxmillion Jan 9, 2007 09:46 PM

                                                            I concur. Katsu-ya really isn't as good as it used to be... And I've only ever gone there for lunch or obtained food to go at dinnertime. But I just started to get over the faux Japanese food (way too much mayonnaise)...

                                                            Haven't tried the Brentwood location, though.

                                                            But Katsu-ya probably *would* be the best place to try this dish.

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                                                              ashlee Nov 24, 2007 05:09 PM

                                                              Try the Encino location. The food is the way Studio City used to be. Plus the staff is a bit more courteous and it is all around a nicer dining experience.

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                                                            jcwla May 15, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                            Short answer: Koi on La Cienega.

                                                            Other great items:
                                                            -- rock shrimp
                                                            -- three-layer tuna "tacos"
                                                            -- miso black cod
                                                            -- seared albacore w/onions
                                                            -- LARGE WARM CRAB ROLL -- you will want many of these...

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                                                              uta May 15, 2006 03:17 PM

                                                              kanzen restaurant in redondo does it the best...much better than koi.

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                                                              moe berg May 15, 2006 02:54 PM

                                                              if you're heading to the valley -

                                                              18713 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, 91356 - (818) 609-9050

                                                              they do the best version of this out of the four places i've tried it. for me, the difference is in how they pack the rice. it's also not nearly as greasy as the other versions i've tasted.

                                                              Link: http://simonmetz.blogspot.com

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                                                                Dommy! May 15, 2006 02:47 PM

                                                                Is it like a piece of Nigiri Sushi with rice that been seared? If so, you can get it at Koi and Yi Cuisine.


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                                                                  Lov2eat May 15, 2006 02:55 PM

                                                                  It is a deep fried rice square with Spicy Tuna or Salmon on top. It is quite yummm!

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                                                                  ipse dixit May 15, 2006 02:38 PM

                                                                  Try WA SUSHI AND BISTRO ... I recall they did a pretty good rendition of this dish a while back.

                                                                  Wa Sushi & Bistro
                                                                  1106 N La Cienega Blvd
                                                                  West Hollywood
                                                                  (310) 854-7285

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                                                                    biscuit May 24, 2006 11:17 PM

                                                                    go to musha (santa monica or torrance)

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