Tuesday, December 6, 2022

bar sawa@Little Tokyo ★★★

Great Omakase with Awesome Cocktail Pairing. Fun and chill environment. Fresh sushi carefully handcrafted. They did a blind tasting game. I guessed all the blind tasting sushi right. Natalia the bartender was great. I had her pick the cocktail pairing for me. All the cocktails she picked for me was perfect. $170 Omakase Course. Cocktail pairing was $45 for 3 glasses, which was a good deal. Reservations via Tock. $6 parking at structure.

Sashimi for the Night

Prep Work

Sawa Highball
toki whisky, soda water, yuzu bitters, grapefruit peel

roku gin, yuzu liqueur

Smoked Chutoro with Shiso Garlic Sauce

Fried Oyster

Snapper marinated in Konbu

Ankimo paired with Yuzu

Aji - Horse Mackerel

Shima Aji

Gyokuro Martini – Green Tea Vodka
haku vodka, gyokuro, lillet blanc

Aoiebi – Blue Crystal Shrimp from Australia

Smoked Bonito in Konbu - Katsuo Skipjack Tuna

Akamizuke from Mexico

Masu - Ocean Sprout with Pickes

Kama Toro

Ika - Squid

Uni with Truffle

Anago - Fresh Water Eel

Yuzu Saketini
sake, yuzu, cointreau, lillet blanc

Marinated Black Cod

Japanese Old Fashioned
toki whisky, hojicha, angostura bitters, kuromitsu

Ebi Dashi Somen

Egg - Tamago

bar sawa
111 San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 381-5858

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 Lunch $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 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 ★★★ (closed)

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 Annie 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


Chef Makoto-san is fantastic

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