Just wanted to say that Shibucho is still really great, and once you get chef Shige Kudo talking, he does hold court on his very distinct philosphy of sushi. (One of the restaurant patrons there mentioned that this is bar none the best sushi bar in LA bar none, it would be hard to disagree though I do love Go's Mart and Sushi Zo and for nostalgia sake/one of the sushi bars that started it all, Nozawa).
Shibucho served up great tuna sushi, yellowtail sushi, toro sushi (some of the best I've ever had), and an amazing toro handrolls with pickles and shiso(? i always seem to forget it that's the chopped up leaf in there), and if you can believe it the most amazing Eggplant Parmginia, which may not be close to traditional but it was beyond delicious like a tomato cheese puff gone to heaven. And for dessert, there was tiramisu (although as always he has a wide variety of desserts from his Italian pastry chef except for the Poached Pear with creme anglaise, which he makes himself). And a glass of one of the Spanish wines, the name escapes me, it was one of the house wines. A truly great meal, and not insanely priced for the quality (I don't go near the wine list which are basically $300 to $500 bottles of older Bordeaux and Burgundy). Surprisingly red wine does go with sushi especially maguro or toro, and I'd think it would also go head to head with the oillier fishes too.
Anyone, it's great to see him back in business, after a couple weeks off when I believe he was sick or had back problems. But for some reason I don't think he's doing great business in the stretch of Beverly near the original Tommy's. (He even commented that people will think twice about heading for sushi nowadays and would probably just head off for a $1.85 chili cheeseburger just down the street). Luckily, street construction has now ended, which hopefully will help out. And his hours are now cut back from his previous three in the morning to midnight.
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA
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