Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Kanpachi@Gardena ★★★

Superb Quality. Great Lunch Price. The sashimi was so fresh. Uni, Salmon, Negitoro, and Salmon Roe were my favorite. They have Renkon, Mushroom, and Sweet Sakura Powder in a corner, which made the Chirashi more interesting. Lunch Specials available on weekdays Tues-Fri only.

#3 Chirashi $22
11pieces sashimi over sushi rice: tuna, albacore, salmon, yellowtail, mackerel, surf clam, shrimp, squid, uni, salmon roe, egg

Kanpachi Sushi & Sake
18220 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 817-4581

Saturday, October 8, 2022

ShariNori@Santa Ana ★★★

High-End Sushi Box with Dry-Aged Fish Appears in Unlikely Food Court. Premium quality. Not traditional but paired with interesting garnish instead. Fantastic with Premium Sake. Order on website in advance to pick up. Free limited street parking.

A5 Motobu Wagyu Sushi Box $88 (special sale price)

Blue Fin Tuna Box $69

Premium Omakase Sushi Box $63

Paired with Leftover Sake from n/naka and Gozen

Food Court Location

Dry-Aged Fish

201 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(Located inside of 4th Street Market)
(949) 864-6818

Tanakaya@Tustin ★

Japanese Noodles Restaurant with long wait in Tustin. For a Saturday lunch, there was an hour wait to get seated. Food took about 30 minutes to come out. Soba Sampler was nice but not worth the long wait. Ume Shiso had the strongest flavor. Their food tend to be salty, so don't pour all the dipping sauce into the cup. The tempura was great too.

Cold Soba Sampler $14.95
tanuki/ matcha soba/ ume shiso/ nameko oroshi/ match soba/ sansai

Assorted Tempura $15.95
shrimp & vegetables

Hot Udon with Oysters $15.45
homemade noodles with oysters, enoki mushrooms, & wakame seaweed

654 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(657) 231-6245

Friday, September 23, 2022

Wadatsumi@Beverly Hills ★★★

Kaiseki-Style Course Meal at Sushi Bar. Amazing quality with passion and craftsmanship. First time trying Unagi with Truffle Oil. Perfect combination. Abundance of food. Nice selection of wine from the restaurant. Cozy environment. Makoto-san is very nice and friendly with a sense of humor. Corkage fee $35. Parking at lot across the street is $5 after 6pm.

Hairy Crab from Hokkaido

"Noguchi" Muroka Nama Genshu

Ankimo (Fish Liver)

Applewood Smoked Duck

Applewood Smoked Duck

Fish with Daikon and Broth

Mushroom and Shrimp Soup in a Pot

Unagi with Truffle Oil


Hokkaido Hairy Crab with Crab Paste

Fish and Scallop Tempura

Abalone with Uni and Fish

Wagyu Beef

Had the Bottle on the Left and Right

Vegetables for Shabu Shabu

Sliced Wagyu Beef for Shabu Shabu


Clam Soup

Wagyu Beef with Uni Sushi

Negitoro Handroll


410 N. Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-0036

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Morihiro@Atwater Village ★★★

Edomae Style Sushi to perfection, comparable to Jiro Sushi in Tokyo. One-Michelin-Star. Exquisite presentation. Super fresh sashimi with less oil. Perfect small rice portion on the sushi. Rice mixed with red vinegar, Edomae style. Abundant of dishes. Rice specifically grown for him from his hometown, the Iwate Perfecture. Bought some uncooked rice home for $15/lb. Chef Mori retired from Mori Sushi and came back. He said making good sushi makes him happy. Humble man. He's also good friends with Shunji-san from Shunji Sushi. Sushi Counter (with Chef Mori) is $350-$400 per person. Wine pairing $150 at counter (7 glasses) and $75 at table (4 glasses). Omakase only. Reservations via Tock. Corkage fee is $50.



Uni from Hokkido

Chef Mori's Signature Tofu with Freshly Grated Wasabi

Mori-san's Handmade Pottery

Seasonal Zensai

Seasonal Zensai, Seared Amaebi with Umadashi Jelly

Kokuryu "Crystal Dragan Daiginjo $87

Osuimono with Fish

Kegani – Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Sashimi Plate

Toro Tartare
mixed with pine nuts, topped with with black caviar

Grilled Nodoguro


Uni from Mexico

Akagai with Cucumber Roll, Egg

Japanese Musk Melon from Shizuoka

Miso Caramel Dango

Matcha Tea

Shiso Cucumber Sorbet with Pineapple Granita


Mori-san's rice from Iwate is exclusively grown for him.
It can be purchased for $15 a pound.

3133 Glendale Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3993