ISO Battera Sushi for New Year's
I'd like to pick up battera or oshi sushi next week to serve on New Year's Day. Nine years ago, the version at Sushi Shibucho in Costa Mesa was recommended to me. But I'd like to find something in the South Bay, Torrance area, if possible.
Where's your favorite?
Do Nijiya, Mitsuwa or other markets sell pressed sushi prepacked for take-out and are they any good?
Sakae Sushi in Gardena has been mentioned several times, please tell me more.
"O Sushi Shibucho! (long)"
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501
2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd Ste 112, Gardena, CA 90247
New Year's is almost upon us again and I remembered that I never posted a follow-up to last year's request. As it turned out, we had reason to be in the OC, so I ordered the sabazushi from Shibucho in Costa Mesa. It was wonderful to step inside those doors again after such a long absence.
Sabazushi, made in pressed Kansai-style, aka battera sushi is a traditional food for New Year's because the pickled mackerel and salty kombu kelp help preserve the sushi. Sushi Shibucho charges $9.50 per box of six pieces.
Quite beautiful with a layer of marinated mackerel on the seasoned rice with the silvery skin intact to decorate one edge. The kombu was laminated over the exposed mackerel flesh. Held up very well overnight to enjoy on New Year's Eve with vodka. On NY Day, the rice had started to harden, but still delicious.
daikichi in mitsuwa, both torrance and cm, have battera sushi. i've on more than one occasion have bought a pack. as for good, i think daikichi in general is decent. i eat it so it's not bad, it's mostly "fast and convenient." their sushi has never blown me away.
can't say about niijya because i usually frequent the one in puente hills and it's selection varies enough not to expect something