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May 15, 2006 02:30 PM

ISO Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: ipse dixit

      go to musha (santa monica or torrance)

    2. 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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      1. re: Dommy!

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

      2. 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.


        1. 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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          1. re: jcwla

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

          2. 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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            1. re: Frank

              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.

              1. re: tokyoastrogirl

                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.

                1. re: tokyoastrogirl

                  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.