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Jan 25, 2013 12:27 PM

Kiriko. a shortey review. or rather just a list.

Summary: pretty darn good.

all are one piece except for the buri and tamago:

Buri sushi. (two pieces)

Seared toro sushi with jalapeno.

Megi maguro.


Kinemedai. (golden eye).

Toro sushi.

chu-toro sushi.

uni sushi.

three pieces of tamago (fucking love that sponge cake stuff, fluffy as all hell for sure).

and a soda pop.

Great, except maybe for the uni (which had the smell of a barn or horse manure, so maybe not the best uni, the uni i had at shibu a wk ago, didn't have any of that smell, just thepurest brinest scent of the ocean).

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  1. What was the damage?

    Sorry to hear about the uni. I feel like uni is one of those that is either great or awful. Sorry it fell on the wrong side

    1. Good to see you reporting back so often these days Kevin!

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      1. re: Porthos

        For some reason, Im on a stupid sushi fix.

        I have to agree with you that not all of the pieces are prime I.e. the uni. But the toro was rich and buttery and just great and so was the buri and sayori.

        And the fluffy tamago just blows me away every fucking time, hence the three pieces. It's my dessert, esp if white truffle ice cream is not on offer and it has not been this year.

        80 bones before tax and tip.

      2. Kevin, are you experiencing sushi OCD? That's the best kind!

        Had din @ Kiriko tonight. Surprised to see them doing DineLA. Pretty good deal for that. SO and I ordered different things, so variety was great. Quality of fish was excellent. Still, despite a great chef and service, not sure I'd comeback for the omakase. Wild bluefin? Aren't we supposed to be saying "no" to that? The rice wasn't up to par. It wasn't stylistic; it was tough and lacked flavor. The uni was from San Diego tonight which we think can be better than Santa Barbara's. It was stellar.

        So maybe we had an off rice night and you had an off uni night.

        Little Osaka is pretty exciting.

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        1. re: revets2

          Kiriko's rice has never been up there with the best. It's not an off night.

          Glad so many people are paying attention to the rice these days and not just the fish. Sniff sniff...brings tears of joy to my eyes...

          1. re: Porthos

            I've had under-cooked rice there once. Not al dente, under-cooked. Pretty unacceptable.

            When Kiriko is good, it can be very good. But I've been there on off nights. One more off-night and I don't go anymore.

              1. re: westsidegal

                i didn't find the rice to be problematic, but the uni was.

                in fact, i'm probably not an expert when the subject is rice. at least not a complete expert.

              2. re: foodiemahoodie

                My recent experience there denotes clear slippage.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  What a shame. I went 2 or 3 times for lunch and dinner last year during DineLA and every visit was quite good

            1. re: revets2

              Forgot to mention, the uni was so good, my SO ordered a second round of it despite my protests. Definitely premium grade, maybe gold. The chef said it had come in that afternoon.

              The rice wasn't undercooked, it almost felt old, making the sashimi much more enjoyable. And who knew green tea ice cream with candied red bean could almost be revelational?

              When we vacated the restaurant, we opened up the only available seats in the restaurants. i think it straddles the divides enough to be appealing to a wider sushi audience.

              Again, service was exceptional.

            2. I was there last night as well and had the Dine LA menu ($45), with a couple of supplements, While the rice was not the best, the fish were very good as were the Zensai starter (ankimo, abalone in eel sauce, and an oyster on the half-shell) and dessert (honey vanilla ice cream with fresh berries).

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              1. re: New Trial

                Was the zensai starter part of the dine la menu , or did you add to that to your meal ?

                I've had the zensai starter in the past and it is always pretty good especially the one with the salmon topped with mango and caviar, the o-toro, and the kindemai topped with a special ponzu sauce. It's basically a tiny sashimi plate with three different items on there, but it can get pricey even though it's quite tiny.

                1. re: kevin

                  We also had Kiriko's DineLA dinner this week and the Zensai starter was one of the options for the 1st course. My in law chose one of the other options, the halibut carpaccio with white truffle. My Zensai had octopus, monkfish, and an oyster as well. Octopus was terrific, really tender. I had a couple slices of her carpaccio, really really good.

                  Rice was unremarkable, not the worst, not the best. Fish was great. Lemon sorbet at the end was a little tart for my taste, so I swapped for my in law's green tea & red bean which was surprisingly more than the sum of its parts.

                  Service was great but got a little hectic towards the end as the crowds started rolling in. Definitely recommend coming earlier if possible.