When you get invited for a Sushi Dinner with 7 other people and are told it will run $1,000.00 a couple (with sake and tip), I shrugged and passed it off as a "No Go". I've only had a handfull of 4 digit meals in my life but they were all well worth it and were in the French Laundry league.
In steps my wife whose birthday was last week and a trip to Napa was planned but called off due to our kids school schedule. "Honey, I really want to go for this Sushi Dinner and Napa would have been a whole lot more!" With that reasoning I said Happy Birthday and went to Urasawa in Beverly Hills last night. I am happy to announce that it was absolutley worth every dollar.
Master Sushi Chef Hiro was an artist with such excellent skills and amazing taste, my cheap bones didn't squawk a bit. Every dish of the 12 + courses was such an adventure
in flavor and texture / aroma and vision. It was well above and beyond any sushi envelope I have ever seen pushed before. It was a three hour marathon of culinary delight.
I would love to outline the meal in detail, but most of the dishes were so strange and unfamilar that beyond the Kobe beef and sweet shrimps, I am at a loss to inform.
How can I recommend such a lavish and expensive meal? It's hard, but I DO!