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Mother-in-law Report #2: Lunch at Kiriko

JudiAU | Sep 7, 200507:44 PM

Mr. JudiAU and MIL toured the Santa Monica Farmer's Market this morning while JudiAU sat in her office and plotted our lunch options. ::::rubbing hands together::::

Sushi at Kiriko on Sawtelle was the pick. I've eaten omakase at Kiriko three times since I read that delicious J.Gold review in the Raw Power article and every time it has been terrific. Like most sushi restaurants, Kiriko served a wide range of clientele eating at different price points. At some point I'll relax enough from my gluttonous piggy state to order smaller, less expensive lunches but not yet! We had a wonderful lunch today that left me really happy.

I did not ask for omakase, as before, but did request some sashimi to begin with. We feasted on a platter of yellowtail, tuna, wild salmon smoked over cherry wood and wrapped around fig with a dollop of caviar on top, and a ceviche-style salad of mackerel and onion with a little yuzu. There was also a small radish salad and fresh wasabi on the side. Delicious all around. It sparked that conversation you have when you enjoy really wonderful sushi and you all sit there and wonder why you put up with all of the other places you eat sushi at….

I next asked for some sushi and were we lucky. We started with the best toro I have eaten in years. Exceptional. It was followed by Japanese salmon and baby yellowtail. The Japanese salmon was Mr. JudiAU's favorite. We next ate luscious super fat, super sweet scallop and then ate luscious super fat, super sweet shrimp. The shrimp were giant. We were later served the shrimp head which had been braised in a light miso for ultimate umami sparkle. We ended the meal with kohada, uni, and a couple of other choices that my brain has lost. It sparked that conversation you have when you enjoy really wonderful sushi and you wonder why you ever spend money on anything else… Ken-san mentioned that he had live king crab available the day before, which "tasted like candy."

The service at Kirko can lag a bit when they are busy. Ken-san has a very deliberate manner. All will be revealed if you are patient.

Bill for three was around $150.

Tonight Mr. JudiAU will wow us with his superior pizza-making and a comparison of the 2004 and 2005 pig vintages. Yum.

Olympic Collection
11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 102 (Sawtelle Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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