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Jul 29, 2012 12:45 PM

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

Thanks guys.

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  1. 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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    1. re: Porthos

      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.

      1. re: kevin

        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.

    2. 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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      1. re: la2tokyo

        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.

        1. re: la2tokyo

          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?

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            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.