We ventured to Sawtelle last night with the intention of eating at Orris, but with a long wait, and two hungry kids in tow, we opted for Kiriko. Without reservations, they were still able to squeeze us in to the large table in the back where you sit on the raised floor.
I've never had dinner omakase at Kiriko before; the last lunch omakase I had was amazing but was almost exclusively sushi. This time we told our server to bring us an assortment of whatever the chef wanted to serve us. It was a wonderful experience.
We started out with homemade tofu with bonito flake on top. Lovely, and I know the kids would eat this everyday if it tasted this good. We were then served amberjack sashimi -- much larger than the portion one gets at Zo, and topped with some sort of gelee that I couldn't identify. Scrumptious.
Next was a beautifully presented platter of softshell crab with a dipping sauce.
At this point I asked for some ginger to help with the different flavors we were getting. The kids, who had ordered teriyaki chicken and california roll, were also nibbling off of our plates (their teriyaki chicken by the way is wonderful in case you go to Kiriko with someone who doesn't like fish) and almost preferring our dinner to theirs. My youngest particularly liked the next dish which was again an artfully presented small plate of two types of sashimi: spanish mackerel, atop a dried fish fin and tail (which she devoured), and bonito, which had a wonderful, almost steak like texture and taste to it. The presentation of all these dishes was really lovely and added to the experience.
Next came a platter of four types of sushi -- scallop, salmon with caviar on top, tuna and sweet shrimp. These were all excellent and fairly large pieces; but I think Sushi Zo has the edge in quality, particularly with the salmon.
The last sushi plate consisted of red snapper, toro, seared barracuda (marinated in kelp)and sea urchin. At the very end the fried shrimp heads appeared -- yum! I am pretty sure we stopped quite a bit earlier than many as we didn't get their house smoked salmon nor a crab hand roll. The two omakase ran us $155.
For dessert we had blood orange sorbet and a scoop of their honey vanilla ice cream with berries on top. Their ice creams and sorbets are all house made I believe. The total for dinner before tip was $225. Happy early Mothers Day, we decided.
In comparing to Zo, it's a very different experience -- more varied in types of food offered (obviously with cooked dishes being very available) and with more of an eye to beautiful presentation. I think the fish quality at Zo is higher though.