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Late Summer / Early Autumn Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

Verdict: Consistent excellence. This marks the beginning of the matsutake mushroom season, and mine was served with buckwheat in a clear broth - Delicious. The shari on the nigiri is fantastic as well.

Great news for all you Shunji fans out there: Shunji-san has informed me that they will start dinner service 7 days a week, including Sundays (but no cooked foods on Sunday nights - sushi only).

Also, they will serve sushi omakase lunch, Mondays through Fridays!

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  1. What's hiding under the leaf in "crappy" picture #4?

    So presumably one could eat there twice on the same day with no repeats (sushi lunch, cooked dinner). Sounds like a worthy challenge...

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    1. re: stravaigint

      Sorry for the crappy photo...

      Kazunoko (herring row), with tako (octopus).

      Mods, let us rotate our photos!

      1. re: stravaigint

        Shoot - I thought you meant photo #6.

        Photo #4 depicts steamed baby abalone. Nothing is underneath the leaf in this photo.

        1. re: J.L.

          I think it was the week of site maintenance when you posted, and some photos were missing for me. Photo #6 was in spot #4. So your original answer was correct, it's roe and octopus hiding under a leaf. Thanks for checking back!

      2. how much was this dinner?

        1. lunch really ????


          for some reason, that sounds good but possibly very bad.

          i think now i would appreciate it more if it were just a dinner house. i'm always worried that there may be a loss in quality.

          when they starting lunch service ?

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          1. re: kevin

            This is pure speculation on my part, but I'm assuming lunch will be just the man himself and Yuko as hostess/waitress, if it's sushi only. It'd be a nice way for them to generate some extra income without having to pay for kitchen staff. If that's the case, I can't see quality suffering.

            J.L., any word on when they'll start both lunch and Sunday service?

              1. re: PeterCC

                Wrong. I am working the lunch shift.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Let's see that fancy cyberknife-work.

            1. Btw, where you on a diet ????

              That's not a lot of fucking delicius food.

              And is serving up the truffle gohan yet ??????

              1. The dinner was cut a tad short because one of my guests was quite full by course #10 (they had just attended a wedding), and I felt the need to be polite and not go "full monty" that night.

                Price point was $125 for my portion, if memory serves.

                Knowing Shunji-san, I doubt quality will suffer any with the new offerings - He's got too much riding on his (very good) reputation to risk that.

                There will be no cooked foods on the menu for the "sushi-only" offerings, as far as I understand it.

                The window for summer truffle gohan is quickly closing, as summer winds down. I believe Porthos will be enjoying the last batch of this marvelous Shunji creation for calendar year 2013... :-)

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                1. re: J.L.

                  There's always winter truffles :-)

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Does he serve winter truffles too ????? Wow.

                  2. re: J.L.

                    That explains your abrreviated dinner.

                  3. FYI - just found out lunch will start next Tuesday.

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                    1. re: PeterCC

                      Damn. That means I better hit it up for dinner before then

                      1. re: kevin

                        I'm curious why? You afraid he's gonna run out of the good stuff for dinners after he starts lunch?

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          Yeah. And I'll like to visit once more while it's still a dinner-only house.

                          Do I have to pre-order the truffle gogan ?????

                          Thanks Pete.

                          1. re: kevin

                            I've never ordered it so I'll defer to J.L. and Porthos. But I assume it wouldn't hurt to give Shunji a heads up.

                            Those who've had it, it's probably just lumped into the omakase pricing but any hint of how much it would cost a la carte? Isn't the portion really for 2-4 people? Would kevin have room for nothing else if he got that for himself?

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              I requested it in advance after seeing it on a JLomakase™ photo set.

                              I don't think it can be ordered randomly a la carte as I suspect it takes advanced preparation.

                              No clue as to the a la carte cost.

                              It was split into 4 servings with me and my dining companion taking 2 and the other 2 portions going to the owner of Tsujita and his dining companion. I could have easily eaten another. Not sure I could take down the entire thing by myself though and have room for much else.

                              1. re: Porthos

                                Attaching photos.

                                Apologies to JL for tainting your photo set.

                                  1. re: Porthos

                                    Pas du tout, Monsieur. J'adore le food porn.

                                    Truffle gohan is typically encountered 1 of 2 ways at Shunji's: One, when the fancy strikes Shunji-san to prepare it. Two, if a regular pre-orders it, AND even then only if Shunji-san feels like preparing it...

                                    I'm just worried that Jennifer Lopez's people will come after me for the JLomakase™ moniker. But then again - I'm sure both parties can strike some sort of mutually beneficial deal, if that scenario were to materialize... (evil smirk...)

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      As you noted JL it can only be a request even for regulars.

                                      Since the cuisine is so seasonal, he can only prepare what is available and in season. If there are no truffles that week, there be no truffle gohan. There is no doubt there will be another delicious creation to take its place. Maybe abalone gohan? Matsutake gohan? The surprise element is part of what makes dining there so exciting.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Thanks buddy. Let's hit that great shit up within the next week for lunch and christen in its lunch service.

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              Any word on how the menu will look for lunch?

                              1. re: Johnny L

                                Not really but I will report back next week.

                          2. ahh interesting, looks great, been interested in this place for a while...will have to try next time im home