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When the chef doesn't want you to return ... and other complaints

Zoe | Dec 15, 2002 12:50 AM

On our way down to hear the Philamonic last night, stopped at Shibucho on Beverly Blvd. downtown. It was just 6 pm (opening time) and we wanted a light meal before the concert. Sat down and waited 15 minutes for the sushi master to appear (after requesting the waitress who served us tea, to please go and get him). Chef arrived in a scruffy/dirty white jacket get up and then wrapped himself in a clean and ironed apron over the scruf. So far, not good. He beamed a kind of condescending smile and before he could say "we don't do rolls or Mexican sushi - which he did later" I asked "what do you suggest" since I surmised it was Tokyo style sushi. He replied - well I don't know what you like. My partner then suggested yellowtail, followed by albacore, tuna, scallop sashimi, toro (just one order of each which we split, each eating one piece of sushi) then ordered albacore sashimi salad after seeing him prepare this for two guys who came in and were obviously regulars. No wine or saki, just tea. Cost for this was $65 plus tip. He did not suggest anything - it was "You tell me service". When we left he was making some extravaganza of monkfish (which he pulled out from a secret hiding place) for the regulars. Well we won't be among them.

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