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Aug 13, 2014 09:53 PM

Asanebo, report

Well, like Mr. Wolf, sometimes my work takes me to Toluca Lake.

After a job well done, sushi was in order, and heck we were close to sushi row...with Shunji on the horizon for a pal's bday, what better warm up act than his old stomping grounds and home of his bro Tetsuya....well, we were well taken care of by young Kenji of Tokyo.

$80 15 nigiri sushi special incl. 2 apps and soup for starters

tomato crab salad thing..."ok" (not a throwaway)

japanese scallop with some shredded fried taro or something on top and spinach and mushrooms underneath...step up.

miso with clams...clams are better than tofu if you ask me, but i like my miso, if at all, at the end of a meal, not in the beginning.

sushi came 5 nigiri to a plate X3, pre-lightly sauced as applicable, some seared skin.

I'm surely forgetting some but it included

surf clam so tender you wouldn't know it was clam
japanese octopus, cut through a circle and spread on top like scallop...very tender
toro ... tastosterone
blue fin tuna ... flavor suited gorgeous deep color
red snapper
sockeye salmon ... strong salmon flavor
spanish mackerel (i like it better when less fishy)
halibut fin
santa barbara uni ... sweet, intact, and the nori was a standout too
hokkaido snow crab ... nice long piece, luscious
a few random "jacks" ... seared skin like shunji does...nice

a few bonus rounds...sweet shrimp, huge, pretty good, not great; japanese scallop (super tender, yuzu...maybe the gold medal winner)

Cold beers.

I like it here. big menu with lots of hot and cold dishes...sort of different coverage than shunjis (id say more gourmet bar snacks like kobe beef and fried lovelies, than Kaiseki)...but i tend to like sashimi and sushi better.

All and all, an excellent and not inexpensive sushi meal. This spot is right up there for me in the top echelon of sushi bars I've tried in LA. The $80 special is a fairly good deal. But those bonus rounds get you every time!

PS...sorry no photos...I don't mind shooting pastrami in the privacy of my own home, but I'm not a big sushi photographer it sort of breaks up the serenity for me.

11941 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

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  1. Speaking of gold medal winners, did you get a piece with gold leaf on it?
    Completely agree about the serenity of sushi.

    3 Replies
    1. re: mc michael

      negative on gold leaf. but man that toro was just crying out for it (kidding)

      have you been asanebo? like it too?

      im also a crappy photographer...offalo and jl make it look ez but not my thing

      1. re: jessejames

        It's very good. It's not cheap. The pieces are small. The parking lot is cray. But I like it.

        1. re: jessejames

          I hate taking pictures when it comes to eating.

          Otherwise truth to tell im a good photographer.

          There's a tiny Lille joint near Woodkand hills that does do the gold leaf thing.

          1. re: jessejames

            Yep. Back in the theatre. Just once though.

            1. re: kevin

              If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor ...

              1. re: jessejames

                That's ok. It's late.

                Still trying to fig what Asanebo has to do with Pulp Fiction unless that was the site of the old diner.

                Btw. Was the last scene and first scene of pulp fiction shot at Panns ??????

                1. re: kevin

                  Actually that's just a funny bit from the flick. There's a scene in Toluca lake. Anyways I always liked that part of the movie.

                  Hawthorne grill. Rip. Not panns. Pretty sure.

                  1. re: jessejames

                    Oh. Was Harvey Keitel nr. Wolf in the black Lotus ?????

                    It's been way way way way too long.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Keitel yes

                      Not as good as spinal tap but a lot of funny parts

                      1. re: jessejames

                        Christopher Walken. And to keep it chowish: French fries dipped in mayo.

                          1. re: kevin

                            It's a Dutch thing. Delish next to a canal in Amsterdam.