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Feb 24, 2014 06:55 PM

Shunji still rules w/o the cooked dishes?

I am treating my son and my wife to sushi this weekend. We are fans of Mori sushi's zen like Edomae sushi. Having read overwhelming praises, Shunji gets my nod for this weekend. However a lot of photos of cooked dishes (specially crappy ones ;-)...) worries my wife, who prefers more nigiri than cooked items.
Does Shunji's nigiri compare well against those from Mori?
Can we order sushi only omakase at counter?

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  1. Yup, Shunji rules w/ just sushi. In fact, they arguably have the most expansive fish selection at the moment.

    1. Sure, you can ask for no cooked dishes, and sushi only.

      And yes, Shunji is also solid in the sushi-only department.

      There is a dry-erase board in the dining room updated daily with all the wonderful fishes which are in season. On many days, the man offers like 5 different species of snapper alone!

      But I gotta say, going to Shunji's with your mind already made up about not ordering his cooked dishes is seriously depriving your taste buds of an incredible opportunity.

      5 Replies
      1. re: J.L.

        I would say that you would have an exceptional meal with sushi only. While you may want to include the agedshi tomato and chocolate mousse to the mix.

        1. re: kevin

          Good point, kev. Get the lime ice cream for dessert. You'll thank me later.

          1. re: J.L.

            You know I can never do the lime dessert. And I love lemonade. But for some reason I can never do lemon or lime desserts.

        2. re: J.L.

          I will order full omakase for myself. I enjoy cooked dishes at Mori and other places.
          It is my wife and son, who prefer nigiri,
          However I see it, its a win win for me. ;-)

          1. re: jblee

            Interested to hear how it goes. Shunji had excellent nigiri, imo. Insanely fresh fish and I enjoyed the rice.

        3. Having enjoyed sushi at Kiriko and Mori, I would say I have enjoyed Shunji's selection of fish (fresh-flown from Tokyo) better than either place.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            Shunji's selection is great.

            But this obsession with "fresh" is a little telling. Not all sushi is best fresh - some of it is aged.

            Or do mean not frozen? Because even then...

            Sorry to put on my Sushi Nazi hat.

            1. re: foodiemahoodie

              That reminds me, is there a place to get pressed sushi in Los Angeles? I've been to a few bars and haven't seen it yet.

            2. Thanks to your (hounders) reassurance, we had a great dinner at Shunji last Saturday.
              The omakase experience was close to perfection. Cooked dishes were innovative and fun, while nigiri course being traditional and bursting with flavor of ocean. Will return definitely as long as my check book allows.

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