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Irori Review

Alice | | Jan 30, 2006 07:45 PM

Tried Irori after being much raved about on the board. Waited about 20 min for a table. I liked the decor, very traditional looking, everyone looked like they were sitting on the ground but there were holes in the floor for your legs. We sat at the sushi bar, and Shige was our chef. We had the omakase and it was quite enjoyable. Started off with a mountain potato with some seaweed topped with uni, in a ponzu sauce. I love this dish - I've only been able to find it at sushi gen. Then we had something called sashimi news? which was halibut wrapped around uni drizzled in a hot oil with some shoyu - melted in your mouth. Next we had snow crab tempura - so light and delicate dipped in a sweet and sour type sauce. Next we had a piece of black cod, which was rather large and quite tasty but was a little too much for an omakase portion. Then came the sushi - blue fin tuna - pretty good, toro - excellent, amaebi - good, but not the best, salmon - ok, albacore - very good, yellowtail - I honestly can't remember this one or if we even had it, uni - delicious, no aftertaste, perfect flavor, just melted in your mouth. I think that was about it??

Overall it was a palatable dining experience and a nice neighborhood spot. I would definitely return. I enjoyed it more than Sushi Masu on Westwood, but we also didn't get the Omakase at Masu.

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