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May 26, 2013 11:23 PM

Memorial Day Weekend at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

Verdict: Every single meal I've had at Shunji has been absolutely sensational in its own right. This last visit was no exception. Not a single piece of nigiri on this night, yet I walked away stuffed to the gills with incredible seafood. Also this time around, I finally got to try his fabled truffle gohan (steamed truffle rice) dish - Wow. The house-made lime dessert should be crowned "Frozen Dessert of the Year" (and I'm not even a big fan of limes). The man is a marvel, and we're lucky to have him in L.A.

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  1. Agree w/ the lime ice cream being awesome. Truffle gohan looks amazing! Maybe I'll get to try it next Friday...

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    1. re: chrishei

      +2 on the lime ice cream.

      J.L. is that a marinated tomato in the 5th pic? Was the truffle gohan on the specials menu? What was the damage? So, I assume you agree with JGold's placement...

      1. re: chrishei

        I love the chocolate mousse here.

      2. I apologize for the un-rotated photos - This was not my doing. (ChowMods: FIX THIS PROBLEM and let us rotate our own photos!)

        The truffle gohan is a hit-or-miss, according to the man himself. Some days he gets the urge to preapre it, sometimes he doesn't. Sorry it's not more concrete.

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        1. re: J.L.

          Surely you mean un-rotated and "low quality"? ;)

          Jealous as always, thanks for a wonderful report!

        2. Damit! I have not yet had the opportunity to try the truffle gohan. Guess I should be happy with having had the matsutake version.

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          1. re: Porthos

            Btw, great photos once again.

            Is that chicken yolk or duck yolk next to the ikura and uni being served with the truffle rice? It looks cooked?

              1. re: chrishei

                Looks too big and orange to be quail.

                1. re: Porthos

                  You're right, I didn't pay attention to how big it was.

              2. re: Porthos

                Sorry, I forgot to explain. It is a marinated chicken (not duck) egg yolk which Shunji says is his secret recipe. Once opened, it has a thick but still runny yolk inside, perfect to go with that truffle rice.

                A signature dish is born.

                1. re: J.L.

                  Sounds insane. Will have to head back soon. Thanks JL!

            1. The food does not do your photos justice.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Pretty sure you're gonna get pushback on that. :-)

                1. re: PeterCC

                  I can take the heat. I've said much worse ...

              2. thanks for great pictures, can't wait to do it again.