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Rafi: hurry---today, last day for dessert at Shibucho

LA Cheesemonger | Jun 29, 200202:02 PM

June 29th is the last day for the waitress who has been making the desserts for Shibucho restaurant over the last year. So if you are thinking of that one last special dinner at Schibucho and want those desserts to finish the meal...get your butt down there tonight.

Last Saturday had dinner for 2 at $160, multi-course special dinner for the 3 wines we brought. 5 slices each of toro and hamachi(truly outstanding yellowtail, but Shige does not get excited about plain fish, he wants to create dishes that match the wines we brought) and a number of other toro based items really pushed the bill up! Must have been the fact that we took the waitress to Echigo a few weeks earlier(she would have to tell Shige). Went back to Echigo and Sushi Wasabe(Sushi Wasabi is how it's written on their menu), to try the chu-toro at both. Not sure where Shige's toro came from but the other places had Big Eye tuna from Hawaii. All 3 were very good, but Wasabi is always priced at $5 for 2 pieces, were as at Echigo one week it's $10 another it's $8. If you do not mind driving down to Tustin for the lowest priced/freshest sushi, then you can have Wasabi's warm rice which really falls apart almost all the time. Echigo also falls apart. Mori Sushi serves semi-warm rice that falls apart the least. Schibucho waitress(aside from her terrific desserts, she has learned from Shige, how to make sushi properly) says that Echigo's falls apart due to poor technique of sushi chef. Echigo's corkage fee is preposterous at $15...I want Riedel stemware, like at Patina, for that kind of money. Echigo has some premium sakes, but at $14 a shot glass for sake that costs $50-60 a 1.5 liter bottle at retail prices; too steep for me.

Caviar and foie gras come from the Cheesestore of Beverly Hills. Sevruga, Osetra, or Beluga...it depends on what they want to give Shige at the time. BTW the caviar supplier, who was working in the Cheesestore over the holiday season, is named Rafi. Caviar is only a part-time business for the Lebanese Rafi, but Rafi did have some great beluga during the holiday season...no I cannot afford it, but did get to taste some!

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