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Late Winter Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

J.L. Mar 10, 2014 12:02 AM

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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    jessejames RE: J.L. Mar 10, 2014 04:05 PM

    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 rice...so 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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      TheOffalo RE: jessejames Mar 10, 2014 07:08 PM

      He's in Japan next week for 10 days.

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      chrishei RE: J.L. Mar 12, 2014 02:09 PM

      Everyone went to Shunji this past week!

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        ns1 RE: chrishei Mar 12, 2014 02:23 PM

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

        think about that for a minute.

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          J.L. RE: ns1 Mar 12, 2014 03:55 PM

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

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        dndicicco RE: J.L. Mar 12, 2014 04:56 PM

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

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          J.L. RE: dndicicco Mar 12, 2014 05:03 PM

          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.

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            kevin RE: J.L. Mar 12, 2014 05:16 PM

            Come on.

            Don't tempt us light weight hitters.

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              J.L. RE: kevin Mar 12, 2014 05:21 PM

              Huh?

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                kevin RE: J.L. Mar 12, 2014 05:23 PM

                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.

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                  chrishei RE: kevin Mar 12, 2014 05:32 PM

                  Most of us are flyweights compared to JL...

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