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Autumn Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

There's a definite chill in the air, so it was time to return to Mori Sushi for their autumn omakase offerings.

Verdict: Simply fantastic. For me, this wondrous meal reaffirmed Mori Sushi's rightful place as the best edomae-style sushi in Los Angeles.

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Aperatif:
- Special umeshu (sweet plum wine) from Iwate Prefecture, infused with sake! Gently & naturally sweet.

Starters:
- Housemade tofu, freshly grated wasabi, and housemade soy sauce... Refreshing!
- Ankimo (monkfish liver), seaweed, cucumber, ginnan (ginkgo nuts), iwashi shoga (sardines with ginger), okra, nasu (eggplant) with sesame seeds, chestnut, and red shishito pepper...
- Broth of kamasu (baby barracuda), nasu (eggplant), ginnan (gingko nuts) & sudachi (a Japanese citrus)... Clear and complex.
- Grilled makajiki (blue marlin), with baby turnip & sudachi... Wow! So nice!

Beer:
- Allagash White Ale, from Portland, Maine... Perfect with sushi!

Sushi courses (the rice ranks with Yamakase as the top 2 sushi rices in L.A., in my book):
- Suzuki (Japanese sea bass)...
- Ishigarei (wild stone flounder)...
- Aji (Spanish mackerel)...
- Hon shishamo (premium smelt)... Rare to find.
- Buri (wild yellowtail)...
- Hon maguro (bluefin lean tuna)...
- Sayori (Japanese halfbeak, or needlefish)...
- Saba (chub mackerel)...
- Chu-toro (bigeye medium fatty tuna)...
- Aori ika (broad-mantle squid), with shiso leaf...
- Engawa (halibut fin)...
- Mirugai (giant clam)...
- Makajiki (blue marlin)...
- Tako (octopus) with ume (sweet plum)...
- Kinmedai tataki (seared alfonsino, or golden eye snapper)...
- Uni (sea urchin roe), from Santa Barbara...
- Sujiko (salmon roe in sac)...
- Uni (sea urchin roe), from Hokkaido...
- Anago (sea eel)...
- Awabi (abalone)... This monster abalone was 50+ years old!
- Bincho maguro tataki (seared albacore belly)...
- Botan ebi (spot prawn)... The last few weeks of the season for this shrimp.
- O-toro (bluefin fatty tuna)...
- Tamago (egg cake)...

Dessert courses:
- Persimmon gelée, whipped tofu with kuomitsu (black sugar syrup), served with hojicha (Japanese roasted green tea)... A delicate, sweet finish to another great meal by itamae Maru-san.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. Did Maru-san serve Mori-san's rice from Uruguay?

    1. Beautiful, J.L. thanks!
      Are they serving the Allagash or did you bring?

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        They have served Alagash white for a while now. Had a seasonal one once a couple years back that was outstanding. Haven't seen it since.

      2. J.L., thanks for the review. What is the cost of Autumn Omakase?

        1. How did the Santa Barbara and Hokkaido unis compare?

          The o-toro looks rather unimpressive, but the rest looks great.

          1. My first visit to Mori in years, recently, was simply exceptional.