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Mar 10, 2014 12:02 AM

Late Winter Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

Verdict: As usual, Shunji-san whips up another outstanding meal. Botan ebi (giant spot prawn, served odori-style) and hotaru ika (firefly squid) are now in season, as is takenoko (young bamboo shoot). Current garnishings include daikon blossom. Highlights included mejina (opal eye), hotate (giant diver scallop) and shirauo (ice fish).

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  1. Nice report. I liked both the giant shrimp which met its maker in front of us and also those little white shrimps piled on the beautiful could hardly see where shrimp ended and rice began. I was lucky enough to meet chowhound Chris at the sushi bar too. A few extra hair crabs never hurt anybody.

    I guess you'll have to be patient while Shunji is in Japan this week.

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    1. re: jessejames

      He's in Japan next week for 10 days.

    2. Everyone went to Shunji this past week!

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      1. re: chrishei

        ya'll probably kept the seats warm for each other.

        think about that for a minute.

        1. re: ns1

          ... and paid for his new golf clubs, too.

      2. Great pictures! What is that with the bamboo at first I thought abalone but can't quite make out...nato?

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        1. re: dndicicco

          Thanks! Your first impression was correct: Awabi (abalone), gently steamed, served with awabi kimo (the abalone's liver). The abalone shell is there for aesthetic purposes, and may throw a few people off in terms of making an ID on that dish.

          1. re: J.L.

            Come on.

            Don't tempt us light weight hitters.

              1. re: J.L.

                I mean lightweights in the expense account territory not a light weight in the amount I can eat. :)

                Definitely not a lightweight in that deot.

                1. re: kevin

                  Most of us are flyweights compared to JL...