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Feb 8, 2014 07:24 PM

Favorite blue crab sushi hand roll?

Name em, pictures welcomed.

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  1. Shunji or Zo.

    Nuff said.

    Next question.

    And I believe this question has been pondered a myriad of occasions before.

    11 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      How ironic...

      Just kidding. I like Kiriko's & Go's Mart's too.

      1. re: chrishei

        What's ironic ?????

        I'm not a fan of Kirikos. The ratio is way off.

        Go Smart is exceptional. But I Realky didn't want my secret sushi joint to get out.

        Thanks Chris.

        1. re: kevin

          Second irony, you're probably the most well known proponent of go's and the reason why I'll go someday.

          ...for the VHS of course

          1. re: Xan7hos

            Sorry buddy.

            No more VHS tapes.

          2. re: kevin

   are you "KevinEats"?

              1. re: VenusCafe

                Nope, sorry. :)

                "KevinEats" is a hound held in much higher esteem and of a more prestigious ilk.

                He would probably be offended by the comparison I'm surmising.

                1. re: kevin

                  ok i'm thinkin' i'll protect your anonymity, but it is out of my
                  hands...this is all Mercury Retrograde...similar to 'prestigious ilk', those are two words one does not see together unless Mercury is Retro

                  1. re: VenusCafe

                    Venus, you gonna be at the Chow meet ????

                    1. re: VenusCafe

                      Damn, that Mercury Retrograde. even though i still don't know what the hell it is.

                      I'd need a phd from caltech or mit to understand that shit. or maybe even cal poly.

          3. It also must be said that the blue crab hand roll is the inevitable coda to the majority of pesudo "omakase" (read: prixe-fixe) sushi meals in LA.

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            1. re: kevin

              I'm considering doing omakase at Shunji's for lunch and supplementing it if not included (Ill call ahead and inquire I don't think seasonality should be an issue).

              I've actually never had Kani temaki and have been thinking of it for a good part of 2013; from what I've read it seems like there's no standard in its preparation (i.e. use of mayo, use of kani miso, use of butter, use of truffle oil, etc.) so I'm excited to see what you guys consider the greats in LA.

              Kevin why do you think it became the "inevitable coda"? Part of me wonders if it became that way partly because of chowhounders attempting to recreate chowhounder reported meals...a perpetual cycle which inevitably became the standard.

              1. re: Xan7hos

                The thing is if you go to places like Nozawa they will serve you a series of pieces ending with the blue crab hand roll. I don't know why.

                Having said that Shunji's lunch specials do contain the blue crab hand roll component but his series of fish changes and it's not set in stone which is great for a lunch special.

                1. re: kevin

                  Ended up doing the premium lunch and was surprised that the blue crab hand roll was served as close to naked as can be (just crab meat, no dressing) save a smear of was actually a bit refreshing and not heavy at all...the nori was quality and while I'm sure I'd love a more heavily flavored blue crab hand roll in the future this one certainly works in its own way

                  1. re: Xan7hos

                    Yea. That's because 99.999999998% of the sushi bars that serve it employ mayo in there. Just like tuna salad usually has mayo in the mix.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yeah just based off the pictures in this thread I was expecting some sort of dressing...crustaceans seem to benefit from a little added fat and richness, but alas Shunji's version is certainly good

            2. Nozawa's version was the paragon at one time of said rolls.

              You may be able to get them at his eponymous Bar Nozawa.

              1. My top 5 kani temaki of the past 5 years (with corresponding photos):

                5. Sasabune
                4. Sushi Zo
                3. Shunji (Melrose location)
                2. Kiriko
                1. Yamakase

                Honorable mentions: sugarFISH, Go's Mart, Sushi Dokoro KiRaLa (not really a temaki, per se, but still mighty tasty)

                5 Replies
                1. re: J.L.

                  Thanks JL, are the pictures the order in which you listed?

                  1. re: Xan7hos

                    Yep. I try to make it convenient for the readers... The way it looks usually has nothing to do with the way it tastes, though.

                  2. re: J.L.

                    jk, i didn't know yamakase served blue crab hand rolls ????

                    but then again it's like an urasawa-lite right at about half the price ???????

                    or is it possible for taste-testing purposes to just grab a couple of those Yamakase blue hand crab hand rolls to go ???????

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yamakase's kani temake are the best I've had in L.A. The delicate yet dense crab meat with its gently briny salinity, the excellent rice, and superb, SUPERB nori make the gestalt far greater than the mere sum of its parts.

                      Unfortunately, you gotta (oh-so-onerously) sit through the entire meal experience at Yamakase to try the kani temaki there. Sorry.

                      Curiously, Hiro-san has never served me kani temaki on any of my various visits to Urasawa. My bad luck, I suppose...

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Next time I'll have to piggyback on someone else's meal and hit up those blue crab hand rolls right after the beginning procession of dishes.

                        In the past, I had wished that I could just stop at Zo for the sweetened yuzu drink but you had to sit through the whole fucking meal, and plow through a couple hundred dollars to get to that point.

                  3. This is a controversial opinion, but I really like the one at Sushi Central, it is served warm with drawn butter. It may not be traditional, but it is always delicious.

                    In contrast, the only other one I've had was at Shunji, which I found disappointing, the coldness threw me off, and the slight mayo (I think) did not add much flavor in my opinion.
                    This roll was the only thing in the whole meal I didn't like, which was sad because it was the last piece served.