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Hirozen Gourmet - review

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Hirozen Gourmet - review

Jerome | Aug 5, 2004 07:25 PM

On MOnday went to Hirozen Gourmet. Two of us, dinner.

The menu is divided between sushi-ish foods and cooked items, some traditional some fusionish.

We started with a white miso soup with hon-shimeji mushrooms. two. I liked mine, very mild, dining companion not so much.

Then an order of ankimo. Small portion for $6.50, but delicious. Then a small daikon strips and shiitake mushroom salad (fusiony). Really good.

We then had a huge bamboo cup full of homemade soft soft icecreamtextured tofu with a gingery milky sauce (may have been milky from the tofu liquid). I loved this. Again, dining companion not as much.

Then plate of hirame no usuzukuri (sashimi halibut or fluke, thin sliced/ ponzu). Decent.

Sushi a la carte - one order each of iwashi, kohada, and saba. Saba was the best of the lot. Iwashi good but i've had better texture, kohada was fine. And one order of negi-hama, cut roll, presented with rice on the outside. Although they tout some of the fish as being bought and shipped from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo, it's a big market. I'm sure they have all levels of fish. In general the non-straight sushi items were better. I'm usually loathe to order sushi in places that serve other things (like that place whose name escapes me in Brentwood in the same mall as the Daily Grill - wait, I'll go to the publichealth.org site -
Taiko restaurant) this was better than most at a combination place but frankly not as eye-opening great as I've had at a regular sushi bar.
For dessert, dining companion had a kobacha pumpkin pudding - more of an icey thick frozen pumpkin confection restuffed onto pumpkin peel and served, quite pretty I might add. Sweet, but a bit too healthy tasting, like a Mani's cookie. I opted for an uni handroll.

We were in a bit of a rush, just an hour for dinner, so we didn't avail ourselves of the omakase options. There are three, a $35, a $55 or so, and one which must be ordered a day in advance at $85. Very creative kitchen. If you look at yourself honestly and can say that you do not have horribly tradionalistic and exacting standards for sushi (so you might adore say, echigo [ready for flame, don't be insulted]) go and enjoy the sushi as well. If you are way too particular and that precludes you from enjoying a wide variety of places, then by all means go but either omakase (one sushi set) or go a la carte and avoid the nigiri sushi. But the ankimo was fine, although the hirame was lackluster.

HIROZEN GOURMET
8385 BEVERLY BLVD
90048
LOS ANGELES

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