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Kakemoto - a small sushi gem in BH (full reiew)

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Kakemoto - a small sushi gem in BH (full reiew)

kevin | Feb 19, 2003 12:42 PM

This place has been around for a while (about 3 years or so according to the proprietor), but I never tried it until a couple days ago. I had known about it for a year or so (esp. heard in the Beverly Hills Courier that they had an incredible tiramisu and there was a report in the LA times food section about their signature foie gras dish). Anyways, it seemed like a convenient place to go for sushi since i didn't want to get myself down to studio city or downtown los angeles.

When me and my friend got there it wasn't busy at all. There was no one at the sushi bar and only a couple of the six or so tables were taken (we got there about 2pm for lunch, and they close at 2:30). So we took seats at the immmaculate wooden polished sushi bar and started ordering piece by piece. They also had a full cooked dishes menu from the foie gras to eggplant in miso to a butter-cooked lobster, maybe over 50 dishes or so in addition to the sushi/sashimi/roll list. We tried the ankimo sashimi, which was quite good. And then the hamachi (yellowtail) which in a word was superb. I ordered it an additional two times. It was so incredibly good. Then on to the superbly buttery and fresh toro. Didn't need the soy sauce, this toro was definitely among the very very best in Los Angeles. Next, it was on to great kanpachi (don't quite know the english name?) and magura sushi, which were all great. The rice to fish ratio was also properly in balance. The only fault was possibly the pickled ginger palate cleanser, which was a little to vinager-y for my taste (not too crazy about vinegar in my ginger). Also, tasted a piece of the fried head-on shrimp, which was delicious for the genre. And finished with a couple pieces of toro jalapeno roll, just negi-toro, japalpeno, and rice. And for dessert tried the aforementioned tiramisu titled "tofu tiramisu, no fat". I know what you're thinking, but it was actually pretty good. Though not as creamy or as sweet as other classic reniditions around town. But it did go down like water and practically melted in the mouth. They also have a molten chocolate cake where the pudding or fudge sauce oozes out of the cake and a pineapple pie and your basic tempura ice cream, mochi, and pedestrian green tea. This is a great sushi bar. The fish quality was excellent and i'm presuming the cooked dishes may be quite good to. The main sushi chef who served us looked like he had many years of experience in sushi bars. i think there's about 10-12 seats at the counter, plus a handful of tables. It's not a huge place, it is actually right next door to Crustacean on Bedford Drive. Maybe the sushi bar is dwarfed by its classy, pretentious, flashey overrated neighbor. Anyways, do give this place a try. it is a more expensive than your average sushi bar, but i guess that's a given since it's in Beverly Hills, but still give it a try. The fish is fresh and superb, you definitely won't be dissapointed if my one visit is any measure of its greatness.

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