finally went to kuruma zushi. put in a reservation on monday and was able to get one for
thursday at 7pm. the place is smaller than i thought. not surprisingly, they
have very few tables and seats, probably the reason why it costs a small fortune to eat there.
after deliberating on the menu, ended up getting a carafe of koikawa cold sake at $28. the bottle
was $110, but passed on that, as my dinner mate wasn't much of a drinker. the waiter
explained that this was good sake, no matter how much i drank, i wouldn't get a headache.
he warned my friend about hot sake, saying that even tho they served it, there are many chemicals
in it, so be careful. this was made as a general comment, not specifically at kuruma.
overheard the waiter tell the table next to us that there was a japanese
bonito sashimi appetizer, so we ordered that, along with the sea urchin sashimi app and
oshinko (pickles). then had two orders of the $60 sashimi omakase. the sashimi omakases
were priced at $40, 60 and up. in the omakase was 3 pieces of 'very fatty' tuna, tuna,
whitefish, bonito with scallions and two other fishes that i forget the name of (they were
both white). waiter noted that they don't serve rice with sashimi and even if we asked, they
wouldn't offer it to us!
after eating that i was still hungry, so we ordered two more pieces of 'medium fatty' tuna,
two pieces of tamago and an umeshiso roll. he told u that medium fatty was $10 per piece for sushi
and very fatty was $20 (!) per piece. this was incredibly pricey, i thought. altho on the menu,
there was a separate section for fish flown in from japan. the meal was great. we were never rushed,
waiter was very attentive..
ordered green tea ice cream with red bean paste for dessert which was very good also.
total meal was well over $300 with tip for two people. ouch!