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Shibucho on Beverly blvd. an omakase meal.

kevin | Aug 3, 200508:43 PM

went again after i hadn't been in ages it seems like. went with the chef's choice/omakase, saw shige the chef serving some soba noodles to some people so knew i had to try that too.

the area it's located in may be silverlake but it's probably the least likely section of town that you'd hope to stumble upon a sushi bar in.

anyways, usually shige is gruff, and curt and not the nicest guy all around according to many people, but the last few times he was very nice and gracious and even courteous, he even apologized after it took a few minutes for him to take our order. so we asked for omakase and that started off the courses (just so you know he didn't have his stock of french foie gras that night, of which he carries less and less since the price of imported french foie gras is going up and up into the strastphere and he doesn't like to serve cheap domestic foie gras, which he considers very smelly and crappy since most restaurants around town serve them in disguising sweet sauces like rasberries and whatnot according to him, i think he's right in a way, if the product is not that great then why not cover it up with a deceptive sauce to cover up the cheap quality and bad taste of the liver, anyway, enough of that).

we started with the egglanpt splashed with ponzu/and olive oil.
then an albacore salad with tomatoes, arugula greens, and also splashed with a delicious soy - olive oil mixture. this one is truly delicious and the alabocre sashimi slices are nicely scored.
then red snapper sushi, yellowtail sushi, tuna sushi, halibut sushi, spanish mackerel sushi, toro sushi, and to end the sushi sequence and nice fatty toro handroll filled to the brim with the luscious toro, very heavy but good as the last dish in the sushi sequence.
then lastly some nice soba noodles that we saw whizz past us at the begiiinning of the evening, this is cold zaru soba served cold on one of those bamboo matts which you dip in the soy-based sauce on the side mix with some scallions and wasabi and then engulf.

for dessert it was a choice of chocolate cake, tiramisu, and poached pear among a couple other desserts. chose the tiramisu and it was great stuff as usual and a very weird selection of desserts for a japanese restaurant. all around good stuff. just so you know they close at midnight and are only open for dinner (though they used to be only until 3 in the morning if you can believe it).

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