The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread - Page 114
I had such a great time at Asanebo recently.
I had one of the best and most fun meals of my life last night at Asanebo. The chefs are buddies with the friends I went with, so they treated us really well. We didn't order, they just kept bringing stuff out. Courses I remember:
while we were waiting for the bar they brought us a bunch of different pickled things, hot ginko nuts, edamame, shishito
kumamotos with uni and caviar
chawanmushi with mushrooms and other stuff
halibut sashimi and spiny lobster sashimi with black truffles
some eggplant ginger thing
mushroom tempura stuffed with fish
seared kobe with miso
skate wing with tofu and shutto
conch + mushroom soup served in shell with a quail egg cooking in it
bunch of really amazing sushi
eel spine, dried, tied in a knot, and fried
- Mori Sushi (Pico) -- artful, tastefully done sushi. Very fresh fish, Tokyo style. Mori is retired but tends the bar occasionally; his protege is just as good if not a bit better. They fresh slice the fish and grate the wasabi in front of you. There's a reason they used to have a Michelin star; it's a classier restaurant experience all around. Least variety of fish
- Sasabune (Wilshire) -- extremely tasty, melt-in-your mouth fish. They have their thing, and they do it well, but don't change it up much. They use fresh wasabi but its in a paste form, which somehow works very well. The sushi rice is warm and tasty, very much of the Osaka school (or so I've been told). I find it more delicious than Mori but not as sophisticated. The crowd seems to cater to more business clientele. The blue-crab hand roll is a standout. It's almost like fast-food, high-end sushi
- Sushi Zo (National) -- couldn't resist this place. Most exotic, and varied types of fish. Melt-in-your mouth delicious. They're schtick is very small pieces of sushi, so expect about 20 to even begin to fill satiated (they're half the size of Mori's). They use more ponzu sauces and truffle salts than straight up soy sauce. Ending is a Toro hand roll, but I highly recommend requesting a blue-crab hand roll too. Out of this world delicious! They have Asahi on tap. You need to talk to the servers and chefs to warm them up, otherwise, it can come off as severe
Yes, I'm glowing from the Mercury.
Mori had the most variety of fish I ever had, probably had at least a dozen we've never seen anywhere else. Barracuda is fucking excellent both seared and raw, one of my favorites.
Really want some sushi this weekend, may check out nana san (sp?) if I'm in oc otherwise will go to one of those in la.
Not to detract from the dining part of this thread, but want to highlight you can get a lot of shopping done now in DTLA. Kapsoul, Lab3, Wander Boutique, Suburban Riot (opening Spring), Pria Boutique, Buttons & Bows, you name it, all found within a 2 block area in the historic core of DTLA. Come check out the little guys when you guys get the chance!