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Best Tamagoyaki on the current scene ?????????? You guys know by that I mean the style and texture and flavor that I would climb mountains for and drive eons and eons for....

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  1. big surprise here, but the one at shunji was delectable.

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    1. re: jessejames

      Did it have the sponge cake or pound cake consistency and flavor to it ?????

      1. re: kevin

        i would say a moist pound cake. "dessert sushi"

        1. re: jessejames

          Ok, then it's the kind I like.

          Shit maybe I'll hit up Shunji for a light lunch today.

          1. re: kevin

            wish i could join u -- i will in 2014.
            he made one up with the pickled plum thing in the middle instead of rice too which i lapped up.

    2. Hold up - I know what kevin is referring to, but as great as Shunji is, he may not offer this type of tamagoyaki.

      kevin, you'd have better luck finding this at Kiriko, Q Sushi, or Shibucho..

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      1. re: J.L.

        Shibuch costa Mesa or shige's joint ?????

        Thanks buddy.

        Jl, what's the game plan for tonight ??????

        1. re: kevin

          Shibucho on Beverly, in Westlake.

          Happy 2014, everyone.

          1. re: J.L.

            love the photo of ron wood on their website

      2. Doesn't Kevin ask this question every 3 months?

        But no, Shunji's isn't what you're looking for. Stick to Kiriko, or save up for Urasawa. Q looks like they have it too.

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          1. re: chrishei

            but shunji still delivers a tasty one if u ask me

            1. re: jessejames

              Agreed. You're like the new Shunji spokesperson on CH lol.

          2. OOToro.

            With unagi and uni.

            1. I don't remember you climbing any mountains last week to make it over to the westside :P

              I'm ashamed to say it was my first time at Kiriko. It was beyond kevin'ing exceptional. I'm now sorry I only had one order, but there's only so much stomach space...

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              1. re: stravaigint

                the whole experience was exceptional or just that dope sponge cake ?????????????? it looks a little wan and pale though.

                but still great.

                btw, i wans't a fan of the tamago from Sushi T. (but it was the best of the style that i don't like, so i guess that's kinda sorta saying something).

                Ok, next time, I will climb mountains and shatter the earth, and jump over excessive and perhaps even insidious quagmires and hurdles to get there.

                1. re: kevin

                  The whole experience was exceptional, even though I only had a few items. The highlight was a kani temaki: absolutely stuffed with rich, unctuous blue crab, light on the mayo, wrapped in wonderfully crispy nori. It probably belongs in the handroll thread, but whatevs. Picture of deliciousness attached.

                  1. re: stravaigint

                    post there too, the more the merrier.

                    how many of those blue crab hand rolls did you have ?????

                    you know what. i'm not the biggest fan of the kiriko ones, just doesn't taste as great (and they have cucumbers in there) as those svelte though tasty suckers from the OG Sushi Nozawa (now defunct for close to two years, and now the site of one of the SugarFishies). And the ones from Zo, those were great back in the old days on National.

                    Shunji makes a great one.

                    my dream ones: just purest blue crab, rice, and some olive oil to bind, or other oil to bind, and sans mayo……

                    but when in Rome, ergo, rather when in Little Osaka….

                    1. re: kevin

                      they'll gladly do that up sans mayo at kiriko. it's not small as you noted stravigant.
                      shunji doesn't use mayo.
                      no need for binder just crab

                      1. re: jessejames

                        Yup, that roll is massive. I swear it has three times the filling of the cigar-shaped ones they do elsewhere.

                      2. re: kevin

                        Just one blue crab, and one negitoro. TheOffalo actually told me to get the 3-roll special, but I didn't want the soup and salad.

                      3. re: stravaigint

                        though looking at that picture right now, i want that shit.

                      4. re: kevin

                        Mountains were not moved.

                        But we did have this last night, along with about 20 other dishes.

                          1. re: TheOffalo

                            Just boarded. About to inhale a chocolate pastry from Euro Pane.

                          2. re: stravaigint

                            did u get that smoked salmon number with the caviar?

                            1. re: jessejames

                              No, nor the salmon mango, although I did see Shinji-san make it for someone else. But I'm not complaining: he served us his signature ika-uni!

                      5. Tamagoyaki Power Ranking:

                        1) Kiriko
                        2) Urasawa
                        3) Q
                        4) Tsujita
                        5) Shunji

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                        1. re: chrishei

                          I agree with this listicle. Except for (3), cos I haven't been. And kevin swears by shige-san's tamagoyaki, so I feel like it deserves a shot.

                            1. re: chrishei

                              Dinner omakase at Kiriko, then across town to see Shige-san for the eggplant parm and tamagoyaki?

                                1. re: stravaigint

                                  I swear by his eggplant parm. Think it was someone else that liked his tamagoyaki.

                                  I'm down.

                                  Meet up from Kiriko for apps such as exactly three pieces of my tamagoyaki, one blue crab hand roll, and a toro hand roll. And then it's off to

                                  Shige Kudo's joint for an omakase including eggplant parmigiana, shiro Maguro salad, and a myriad of nigiri (double time), a negi toro with gobo root to finish and hopefully some dish with truffles and caviar (just one. We're on a budget after all or at least I am). And tiramisu for dessert.

                                  Nuff said.

                                  Chris, you're driving from Kiriko. Thanks.

                            2. re: chrishei

                              any have the layered pancake style I've seen in Japan with the little bits of tiny shrimp or other sea critters?

                              1. re: jessejames

                                Layered instead of mixed? Hmmm...don't think so.

                                1. re: chrishei

                                  who's got mixed then with lots of the sea-bits inside?

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    Mori might slightly do that.

                                    I've seen them serve two kinds in one evening.


                              2. re: chrishei

                                Given that I haven't bee. To all I would still agree.

                                Gonna copy your list for future reference of that's cool.

                                1. re: chrishei

                                  Glaring omission: Shibucho.


                                    1. re: chrishei

                                      What are you waiting for, then? :-)

                                2. This should not sound like news to the majority of hounds:


                                  1. Have any of you crossed the canyon for the fluffy tamago at 4-on-6 in Encino? It looks pretty darned delicious.


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                                    1. re: stravaigint

                                      Nope. Not yet.

                                      Had no reason to before.

                                      But if I can just stop by for some tamagoyaki. I'll do it.

                                      And that ain't no joke.

                                      1. re: stravaigint

                                        That tamago looks pretty darn sexy.

                                        so does this ??????????????

                                        But i always heard this was a seriously second tier to 2.5 tier joint (shunji, mori, even kiriko, being first tier joints).


                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Another surprise in the valley: Sushi Tanaka.

                                          This first pic looks awfully familiar...


                                          Maybe they'll do a gohan for you?


                                          *edit* maybe we need to take this to a "Sushi in the Valley" thread. Seems like there's some exploring to do.

                                          1. re: stravaigint

                                            4 on 6 is a very good neighborhood place, but not exactly in the top tier of what LA has to offer. it's casual and there's an exotic selection of fish (yagara, tons of shiromi, etc.), garnished generously in the Nobu vein (Saito-san worked there). ingredients are quite good and Saito-san knows what he's doing (aging amaebi to bring out its sweetness); a great value for dinner if you're in the Valley, but not necessarily worth the trek from LA for sushi (and for lunch, Shunji's lunch is a better value).

                                            in the Valley you have 4 on 6 (Encino - casual comfortable neighborhood place with exotic fish and pretty good execution, in the Nobu-style), Hanami (Calabasas - IF you sit with Kaz-san), Kanda (Thousand Oaks - traditional, and Mitsu-san is a great host), then you have Sushi Tanaka, Yotsuya, Okumura, Go's Mart (truffle oil everywhere), Sushi Iki (truffle oil and $$$ decadence). of those, I prefer Kanda or Sushi Tanaka, but I prefer Shunji or Mori to both (albiet at a higher pricepoint).

                                            all have their strengths though I would not say that I have found anywhere in the Valley to be superior to the best of what LA has to offer. with that said, generally sushiya in the Valley come at a slightly lower price-point than the top places in LA (except for Iki), so there's the element of value. so it's a slight tradeoff, and, as among the many sushiya in LA, each has a slightly different strength to offer. i've had some very satisfying meals in the Valley and for a pretty good value, but if you are talking about the very best, I don't necessarily think you necessarily need to go to the Valley if you're coming from LA. with that said, if I lived in the Valley, i'd be very content with the sushi options.

                                            however, that's just my opinion, and i know that my preferences don't necessarily align with others' here, so please decide for yourself.

                                            sorry, no report on their respective servings of tamagoyaki.

                                            i'll report sometime in the Sushi in the Valley thread.

                                            to make this post relevant to the thread, I quite like Nozawa Bar's tamagoyaki.

                                              1. re: markambrose73

                                                thanks man. i do think that Go's Mart is the one exception that so far goes head to head with the other goods up the hill. no joke.

                                              2. re: stravaigint

                                                wow, simile valley.

                                                good work Stravignight. Nobody has ever mentioned this particular joint. No one to my knowledge.

                                                JL, the Offalo, Porthos, and the other heavy hitters are seriously resting on their laurels.

                                                And that ain't no fucking joke.

                                                wow, good work, S. unless it's one of those joints with fancy ingredients that sucks.

                                          2. Wait… just a second. look at this dish, it looks to me like someone might be borrowing from Shunji, unless it's an old Shunji chef ???????


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                                            1. re: kevin

                                              Likewise with the amaebi tartare.

                                              1. re: chrishei

                                                my bad, didn't know that. i didn't know shunji already served that tartare.

                                                so Chris, what's the deal with this joint ?????? any info ??????????????

                                            2. This discussion has been dormant for a few weeks, but thought I'd chime in again.

                                              I just had an incredible meal at Sushi Ginza Onodera (Honolulu) and personally I find their tamagoyaki the best I've had yet. Light, almost like an ultrafine homemade angelfood cake, in the best possible way. Eggs are mixed with shrimp and whitefish, and it's simmered on low heat for a fairly short duration. Meal was brilliant, incredibly impressive everywhere, and this is from me just coming off a year of great sushi and Japanese food in LA at visits to Sushi Tsujita, Shunji, Mori, Yamakase, Q, Nozawa Bar, Kiriko, Zo DTLA, various places in the Valley, etc...will try to compare with Urasawa next month.

                                              Honolulu sushi scene is nothing much to compare with LA, EXCEPT for Sushi Ginza Onodera and perhaps the upcoming Sushi Dokoro Kazuma...

                                              Why do I bring this up in the LA thread? Because Sushi Ginza Onodera is always expanding, and future locations are being scouted along the US coasts. Perhaps I've said too much already, but if it does come closeby, well, it should fit right in at the very top echelon of sushiya. With that said, every Sushi Ginza Onodera has a different menu - e.g. the Paris one does not serve ANY Japanese fish at all. But if the Honolulu shop of Sushi Ginza Onodera is any indication, then future US locations will be something to look forward to indeed. That and I like to chat with LA hounds about sushi, despite being a San Franciscan, because you guys have some great stuff in LA!

                                              Will post a proper review (sans pictures, however) in the Hawaii thread later.


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                                              1. re: markambrose73

                                                thanks, man, and please provide the link.