Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Dec 10, 2013 03:50 PM

Sushi restaurants with sommeliers ...

... for sake flight pairings, or otherwise?

Are there any in LA/OC?

Does Q have one? (J.L.??)

I don't believe there are, but I will gladly stand corrected.

Thank you.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. shunji has his own sake plant (or whatever you call it) in japan and he helped us out with some stellar sakes to complement the dishes he served...

    2 Replies
    1. re: jessejames

      Yes, I know about Shunji's rather extensive sake selection, and collection, but is there a dedicated beverage steward or attendant for sake pairings?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        ok i'm glad you know. i thought shunji was knowledgable and did a nice job.

    2. i've had some itamae that i respect suggest that sake should be reserved to consume with sashimi because sake is made with rice. some itamae do not share this conviction, but then the average itamae here really does not do justice to the rice they serve so i doubt it would matter here. itamae yasuda, the one who ran the primo place in NYC before returning to japan has been quoted as saying that sushi is 90% about the rice.

      i personally choose not to have sake with sushi & stick with green tea.

      4 Replies
      1. re: barryc

        hmm. you are right. and i think many would be in agreement. that it's mostly about the rice.

        1. re: kevin

          Actually beer is ideal usually for me and many Japanese too

        2. re: barryc

          He says sushi is 90% about the rice but isn't the cost of the fish 90% of the total per piece price?

        3. Maybe the Takeshi Abe joint in the Crystal Cove ?

          I'm sure Matsuhisa would do it.

          1 Reply
          1. re: kevin

            If you are referring to Bluefin in Crystal Cove, they do have a fairly extensive sake list, but do not have a sommelier (I don't think)!

          2. N/naka has a sommelier. Just depends on if you feel it is a sushi restaurant or not.

            1. I believe Namba-san at Kiriko is a certified sake sommelier.

              4 Replies
                1. re: Servorg

                  Wow, Tokyo Table ... that brings back memories, not all of which are good. But memories nonetheless.