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sushi bars that serve Kubota Mangu by the glass or maybe even half or third bottle...

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kevin Jul 29, 2012 12:45 PM

Thanks guys.

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    la2tokyo Jul 29, 2012 08:50 PM

    FWIW, I have had manju by the glass in a few places in LA over the years and in every instance it had been open so long that it didn't taste like manju.

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      bulavinaka Jul 29, 2012 09:20 PM

      That's been my experience as well. Not long after it's opened, 10,000 celebrations turns to 1,000, and 100 isn't far behind. Junmai daiginjyo sake seems to have a very short half-life once the bottle is opened. A new bottle is the way to go.

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        silverlakebodhisattva Jul 30, 2012 12:39 PM

        Anyone know how restaurants selling this level of sake by the glass store their opened bottles? Do they top 'em off with nitrogen and seal 'em, or just sorta put the top back on?

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          la2tokyo Jul 30, 2012 01:02 PM

          I highly doubt any restaurants put preservatives in the bottles. I think the best bet would be to go to a busy, high-end sushi bar on Saturday and hope that you got one the day it was opened. The worst glasses I had were all at cheaper izakayas. But for the price of one glass in any of those places you could probably pay for half a bottle at a retailer somewhere. Or maybe find another Hounder to go in on a bottle with you at a restaurant. Although it's kind of cliche, Manju is really good sake that is worth paying a markup for once in your life. It really defines Niigata style and everything people like about it.

      2. Porthos Jul 29, 2012 04:19 PM

        Sushi Gen does kubota manju by the glass. So does Kasen in OC.

        Not sushi, but Torihei also does kubota manju by the glass.

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          kevin Jul 29, 2012 08:17 PM

          thanks, i'll probably have to try it at Torihei.

          now what should i have for food at Torihei?

          Is Torihei basically an izakaya, with yakitoriya skewers ?

          and i'll most definitely skip gen, unless i can just have a plate of edamame there and a glass of manjgu and then skit and skaddle on off to a real sushi bar.

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            Porthos Jul 29, 2012 10:48 PM

            At Torihei:

            Cucumber and tomato salad
            Soft boiled egg with ikura
            Yakitori chicken wings, heart, special heart, meat balls, tomatoes, okra wrapped with bacon
            Ground chicken rice with that amazing chicken soup.

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              kevin Jul 30, 2012 12:49 PM

              open for lunch too ???

              thanks.

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