Made it back to Shunji last night. His memory is stellar. He remembered me saying I'd like more sushi after my 1 previous visit so this time he went all sushi and sashimi on me. The number of rare items is the most impressive I've seen in LA so far. The quality of each fish is outstanding. The aji I had last night might have been the best I've ever had.
Dinner started with 2 sets of sashimi. Each set was served with a side of pink sea salt and freshly grated wasabi. I really liked the sashimi with just a touch of the sea salt.
Sashimi set 1:
Ishidai, mechidai, suzuki, kodai (baby snapper)
Sashimi set 2:
Inada, kinmedai, shjokka belly (baby kanpachi)
The shjokka belly was scored and was crisp in texture yet rich in taste. Outstanding.
Sushi from what I can recall. Not in order and certainly forgetting a few:
Aji minced- rich yet weightless and dissolves in the mouth. Ridiculously good.
Blue fin tuna
Blue fin chu toro
Shirasu- baby sardine. Tiny little suckers. A wonderful treat.
Of course we also had some of the wonderful baby summer vegetables in dashi gelee to start. We finished with his famous age-dashi momotaro tomato dish and a delicious asari miso soup. At one point in the meal we were given freshly grilled unagi rice bowls because it was unagi day in Japan. The crispiness of the skin and the delicious underlying fat indicated that this was no prepackaged unagi.
The rice here is perfect. Each grain is perfect in texture and flavor. Definitely on the same level as Yasuda and Mori before they both retired.
Shunji is serving some amazing seasonal sushi these days and it may quite possibly be the best in town.