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Apr 3, 2014 02:37 PM

Shiki in Beverly Hills. Who's going to be the first to check it out?

JL, you up for the challenge?

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  1. Only $80/plate. I'll definitely be going soon, but probably not opening day ;)

    1. JL has got this one on lock-down.

      1. I am assuming Shiki is Japanese food, and since I like the way J.L. reviews Japanese, I'd love to read it.

        1. is this similar to a kaiseki meal w/o the formality?

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          1. re: ns1

            Probably kindred in spirit, but not a kaiseki meal per se. Kaiseki meals follow a certain progression and I'm not sure this will fit into that mold, especially for that price. The chef trained in Kanazawa-style Kaga-Ryori, so you definitely can expect the strong emphasis on seasonality and graceful "simplicity" in dishes that we associate with traditional Japanese cuisine such as kaiseki. I'd expect an array of seasonal offerings featuring seafood and vegetables prepared in different ways, and even some Kanazawa-style dishes like simmered duck jibuni and arrowhead kuzukiri, all served in colorful dishes and lacquerware. Sashimi/otsukuri and sushi are likely to appear as well. But loosely, I'd guess that the cuisine here is probably similar to kaiseki in some sense.

            Japanese food at its purest, at least in terms of washoku, is naturally guided by aesthetic principles like shibumi and even wabi-sabi. These sensibilities manifest in the "Zen" tranquility and seasonality associated with kaiseki meals, and a Kaga-ryori meal will have a similar experience, even if it doesn't have the "formality" of a kaiseki meal.

            With that said, the dishes pictured on the website are quite reminiscent of ones from Asanebo! Also, since Shiki is in Beverly Hills, I wouldn't be surprised if at times tradition will be traded for creativity, but I'm hoping for the best, and will hopefully dine there on my next trip to LA in a few weeks.

            1. re: kyee87

              Very eloquently put, kyee87.

              Washoku has so many variations; I would be most interested to see the road Shige-san takes.

              Bottom line: I predict this is possibly a case of "Asanebo comes to Beverly Hills".

              But who knows? I could be totally off.

              1. re: J.L.

                But that wouldn't be a bad thing, right ??????

                1. re: kevin

                  No, not at all. Not having yet tries the place, I will hold off on any further input until my taste buds have had a chance to work on Shiki.

                2. re: J.L.

                  "Asanebo comes to Beverly Hills"

                  Gosh, I am sure that a whole lot of BH residents already sleep in until noon quite often.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Hehehehe Tripeler-san. Very perspicacious of you.

                3. re: kyee87

                  Class is in session, kyee87 just dropped some knowledge!

              2. i was originally excited hearing about this restaurant, but then i found out it's the chef from Asanebo. :< (which was overpriced and had too many misses but some good hits also.)

                i'll be sitting this one out until more reports come in (and look past the "starry eyed" / bragging reviews).