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[Larger images with in-line captions at http://theoffalo.com/2013/09/shunji-i...]

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to return to my all-time favorite restaurant, Shunji Japanese Cuisine. I only had 90 minutes, but I knew I could do plenty of damage in that time, and Shunji was certainly up to the challenge. Below is the whirlwind omakase I had in an hour and a half, shown through Instagram just to change things up a bit from from my other Shunji reviews...

(Even though Instagram links are provided, I am also uploading the photos for your convenience! Numbers correspond to the photo order.)

1. "Today's Special" (Yes it is!) - http://instagram.com/p/dYIYV5A-se/

2. Okra, Okra Leaf, Yamaimo, Kinmedai - http://instagram.com/p/dYJHHWg-t3/

3. Shrimp, Japanese Spinach, Shiitake, Buckwheat - http://instagram.com/p/dYKCDeg-vd/

4. Madai, Renkodai, Kurodai, Higesoridai, Kinmedai - http://instagram.com/p/dYKgIdg-gk/

5. Seasonal Bonito in Ponzu - http://instagram.com/p/dYK9NRA-hZ/

6. Oysters with Uni and Caviar, Marinated Tomato - http://instagram.com/p/dYLZk-A-iM/

7. Snow Crab Cake - http://instagram.com/p/dYMZdQA-jr/

8. Japanese Eggplant, Wagyu, Uni - http://instagram.com/p/dYNxm6A-l4/

9. A Blank Palette - http://instagram.com/p/dYOb-Ug-nS/

10. Kanpachi - http://instagram.com/p/dYOsX3A-nx/

11. Hamachi - http://instagram.com/p/dYOv9xg-n3/

12. Inada - http://instagram.com/p/dYO7wPA-oL/

13. Wild Albacore - http://instagram.com/p/dYPH1lA-ol/

14. Kamatoro, Chutoro, Ootoro - http://instagram.com/p/dYQaMLA-qv/

15. Iwashi - http://instagram.com/p/dYQnzBg-rI/

16. Beni Sake - http://instagram.com/p/dYQu_sg-rZ/

17. Ikura - http://instagram.com/p/dYQ6zgg-rr/

18. Sanma - http://instagram.com/p/dYRNboA-sQ/

19. House-Made Lime Ice Cream - http://instagram.com/p/dYSmRoA-uE/

(I'm rather happy with how many of the Instagrams came out, especially the one of the oysters and marinated tomato. Let me know what you think!)

While everything I had was excellent as always, the highlights of the meal were the Snow Crab Cake, fried perfectly crisp on the outside, with sweet and delicate crab meat that just seemed to go on forever on the inside; the Japanese Eggplant with Wagyu and Uni, such an unique combination of textures and flavors that worked together amazingly well; the Kamatoro, Chutoro, Ootoro Nigiri, naturally; and the Sanma Nigiri, probably the best single piece of hikarimono sushi I’ve had. I wish I could afford to go to Shunji every week!

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Shunji Japanese Cuisine
12244 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 826-4737

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. 1. I hate you.
    2. More nicely lit pictures, gah!
    3. Not bad for 90 minutes, although I have to wonder how much damage someone like kevin could have done...

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    1. re: stravaigint

      They were quite busy, with more than half of the dining room full, so Shunji was busy making dishes the entire time. I probably could have gotten more if it weren't so busy, but I'm glad they were. Good for business!

      1. re: stravaigint

        A lot of damage.

      2. Shunji-san limited you to 90 minutes? Or was it a restriction you placed on yourself?

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        1. re: J.L.

          I limited myself. I had to be somewhere by 8 PM so I was there from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

        2. Amateur hour.

          Just kidding, great as always :)

          1. Peter,
            This is a very impressive collection of photos, even for me (I live in Tokyo). You obviously have a lot of experience with high-level Japanese food, and the photos show it.

            1. Sob, yum