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Sushi restaurants with sommeliers ...

ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 03:50 PM

... 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.

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    jessejames RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 03:53 PM

    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...

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      ipsedixit RE: jessejames Dec 10, 2013 03:56 PM

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

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        jessejames RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 04:00 PM

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

    2. barryc RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 06:10 PM

      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.

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        kevin RE: barryc Dec 10, 2013 06:28 PM

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

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          jessejames RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 07:39 PM

          Actually beer is ideal usually for me and many Japanese too

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          ns1 RE: barryc Dec 11, 2013 03:05 PM

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

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            kevin RE: ns1 Dec 11, 2013 03:12 PM

            That's a good point.

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          kevin RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 06:27 PM

          Maybe the Takeshi Abe joint in the Crystal Cove ?

          I'm sure Matsuhisa would do it.

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            josephnl RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 10:36 PM

            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. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2013 06:28 PM

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

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              prawn RE: ipsedixit Dec 11, 2013 01:57 PM

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

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                Servorg RE: prawn Dec 11, 2013 02:02 PM

                Interesting article here: http://www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com...

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                  ipsedixit RE: Servorg Dec 11, 2013 03:30 PM

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

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                  kevin RE: prawn Dec 11, 2013 02:57 PM

                  That's pretty cool.

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                    ipsedixit RE: prawn Dec 11, 2013 03:20 PM

                    Interesting. Thanks.

                  2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Dec 11, 2013 05:39 PM

                    Chiming in from some island in the Pacific...

                    No, not in L.A. Q Sushi has a nice wine/sake list, but no sommelier.

                    I like beer with my sushi anyways.

                    And now, back to my poisson cru...

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                      kevin RE: J.L. Dec 11, 2013 05:41 PM


                      You already took off for vacation.

                      That's the life I tell ya.

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