Last night I returned to Chiba's, this time sitting in front of Shig, the owner & chef. This guy lived up to what I heard about him, very friendly experience. Also when ordering whomever is sitting in his section he believes in creating dish by dish so everyone stays eating consistently without having to nag him for your next order.
First your created with a warm cloth & a complimentary Japanese salad.
I started with the miso & white mushroom soup in a personal size little pot kettle. He tells me how to eat this dish and I'm given a small saki type glass/bowl and you pour shots to enjoy the broth. Once finished you open the pot and inside awaits you a variety of seafood, someone next to me and the seared tuna salad-looked yummy.
From there I had some yellowtail & tuna cuts of sushi, the aberinjack looked tasty too, thats for next time.
Following this I had the crunch shrimp roll which I liked and from there some Uni, salmon belly topped with black caviar and a scallop hand roll.
He surprised me with a dish on the house which was a fried Halibut type of appetizer.
Now I'm stuffed asking for the bill which arrives $80.00 and he tells me the waitress is his mother.
On a side note he mentioned that one of Katsu's chefs over at Tama Sushi (my 2nd favorite spot in Studio City) works at his place now too.
Give it a try,
P.S-Its not in the best area at all, on Saticoy in North Hollywood yet in talking to others that were eating, couples drove in from Beverly Hills and further since this is known as one of those hidden gems!
Also if your one that loves creative rolls, you have to try these 2 which aren't even listed on the menu:
11713 Saticoy Street
North Hollywood, CA. 91605