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May 29, 2013 04:55 PM

Is mori open for breakfast sushi (this may just be a mistake)

From their website:

lunch mon -fri 9:45am~2:15pm
dinner mon-sat 6:00pm~10:00pm
closed sunday"

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  1. Open before 10 am? Wow, this must mean they come in VERY early in the morning to start cooking the rice...

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I noticed this last year. No idea if it's true. FWIW Yelp says it opens at noon.

      1. re: PeterCC

        The website reads more like a placeholder business card, no additional bells and whistles. Still says under construction, considering the new ownership has been in place for some time now.

    2. They open at 11:45am, or at least they did in February: that's what the hostess told me over the phone, and I was there when they unlocked the door.

      1. Has to be a typo. Most Japanese are home-bodies when it comes to breakfast.

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          You want to be home alone with your doubt. ;-D>

          1. re: bulavinaka

            I learned the hard way. I went to japan, expecting them to be like chinese or SEAsians when it came to breakfast. While there were a few japanese restaurant chains that happened to serve japanese breakfast (simple... like rice and fish), they weren't as easy to find. What I usually found was mcdonalds, yoshinoya, royal host, dennys, etc... :/

            1. re: blimpbinge

              I thought all the sush bars inside or ringing Tsukiji on all sides were open during the morning serving what else but sush.

              1. re: kevin

                The sushi places at Tsukiji -- Sushi Dai and Daiwa being the most famous -- _are_ open really early for breakfast (I've eaten there around 6am), but then keep in mind it's a massive tourist attraction. Elsewhere, good breakfast can be a pain to find, as blimp says.

                1. re: stravaigint

                  Chukasoba Inoue (Inoue Ramen)


                  Open 5 am. Also very very briefly shown for a second or two in Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (circa 30 min mark where Yoshi talks about his father stopped going to Tsukiji Market to buy fish). One bowl, old school shoyu ramen, original classic flavor. One of many other alternatives if you don't want to slug it out with the Chinese/Hong Kong/Taiwanese/SE Asian/Korean/American/Euro/UK/Aussie tourists at the sushi stops.

                  Or you can go to Yachiyo a few doors down from Sushi Dai/Daiwa. Chashu egg rice plate (very famous), or Jiro Ono's favorite...ebi furai (fried shrimp) rice plate. Then you have a ton of other choices including Korean stone pot (spicy with instant noodles too), random vendors selling skewers (including unagi liver), Nagasaki style pork belly buns (a la Ippudo NY / Dave Chang Momofuku), grilled or fresh raw oysters (cold seafood bar), chuka ryori (including ramen with topping of stir fried runny egg with chives, and pork shumai), soba, udon, coffee shops (including ones that sell tonkatsu sandwiches), kaisen don (large cuts of raw fish over white rice), unagi-don or unaju, kappo ryori, places that do very tasty excellent cooked food (e.g. simmered alfosino head/kinmedai nitsuke). And that's just scratching the surface. It's really a paradise beyond sushi and raw fish.

                  1. re: K K

                    Good info. Note that by "elsewhere" I meant outside of that area. Obviously the world's largest fish market is going to have some sort of breakfast culture given the hours they keep :) The same is true of Tokyo Station, ramen alley is open early for the poor sods on their way to the office, and sure you can hit a convenience store or a Doutor, but otherwise it's a bit of a hunt.

                    1. re: stravaigint

                      Yeah true that. Just addressing the myth that there's more to breakfast in and around the fish market than just nigiri. Would have to go to a hotel or a ryokan in the countryside for the Japanese breakfast of pickles, natto, grilled fish, rice, miso soup etc.

                    2. re: K K

                      "coffee shops (including ones that sell tonkatsu sandwiches)"

                      I somehow kept ending up at Doutour for a quick snack/coffee break. They're somewhat abundant, and serve a decent sandwich (esp compared to the ones we have in LA). Coffee isn't bad but it's made for japanese pallets (flavor on the light side).

                      Wish I was in japan right now..

                      1. re: K K

                        damn, i'm wiping tears away from my face considering that i won't be able to go there in some time. or at least not in the near future.

                        1. re: kevin

                          why not?? exchange rate is really good right now

                          I may go later this yr

                          1. re: blimpbinge

                            Can't speak for Kevin but my plans were derailed with the nuclear incident. Going to wait 10 years for those isotopes to decay (half life).

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Oh, jeez. I didn't know we still had to worry about that. In that case, I'll never make it to Japan.

                              But the seafood imported from there to LA is all good ?

                              1. re: Porthos

                                i've been going every year for awhile but stopped when the rate hit the 70's. Losing that much spending power sucked when you realize you're paying 25% more than what it used to be for the same stuff.

                          2. re: K K

                            I was at Tsukiji last week and made a point of trying Yachiyo thanks to your post. So here's a pic of the mother of all shrimp plates, the kuruma furai, just for you.

                            I got the weirdest looks from the tourists waiting for Dai to open...

                            1. re: stravaigint

                              I still need my truffle gohan. :)

                        2. re: kevin

                          Yea um, there are exceptions to every rule. Especially for a gigantic (recently remodeled) tourist trap where the appeal happens in the early AM.

                          Otherwise, it's usually, western chains or other small chains that are abundant and open really early.

                          Again, exceptions to every rule.

                    3. It's a mistake. Mori opens their doors around noon.

                      I think the best Japanese breakfasts in Tokyo are at the major hotels. I had an incredible slice of musk melon at the Park Hyatt a few years back, second only to the melon at the mecca of Japanese fruit: Semibikiya. Many Japanese have a simple brekkies at home or grab something on the run at Doutor or Lawson during the commute. I actually really like the breakfast sandwiches at Doutor.

                      For me, the Tsukiji tuna-auction-then-have-sushi-for-breakfast thing was fun the first few times, and I can easily how first-time visitors/tourists love it.

                      Outside Tokyo, I also recommend trying the ryokans for their decadent traditional Japanese breakfast spreads (pickles, rice, fish, tofu, etc.).

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                      1. re: J.L.


                        are there any ryokans in LA ??????

                        I've never seen them here.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Then I (ahem) stand corrected...