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Saturday, 27 December 2008


jeffrey c

Kirk, Cathy, and you are fine writers as can be attested by the readers that keep coming back to read and enjoy this blog. This was such a great reminisce of your fine meal. Thanks,



I am tempted to lick my monitor :9~~ Awesome post! Now I want to try chirashi :(


Looks like it could be a king oyster mushroom ( The texture is probably most distinctive: does the description in the wiki article sound like the one you had, Ed?

ed (from Yuma)

Jeff, thanks, we appreciate the kind words. And, Michelle, chirashi has long been a favorite, but Sakura does it very well.

Hao, thanks for the ID. That's it. You can see the part of the stem in the first picture of the tofu/mushroom/bacon dish.


Ed from Yuma, thatsa mighty fine chirashi they serve! I don't think I've ever noticed seasonal varietals like that hunk of kazunoko let alone seen any uni in a chirashi bowl. Something new to explore!


Hi Ed, it seems I will be needing to closer scrutinize my lunching budget next year as well.. But the bowl you had sure looks worth every penny!


Just curious, what was the damage for this meal?


Ahhh, I'm drooling. Wish I could have some chirashi right now.

ed (from Yuma)

foodhoe - it is an outstanding chirashi. Many places don't change items by season, but availability usually changes the dish from time to time.

Thanks Lori.

Dennis, jan, the chirashi is good deal - last time I checked it was $22 (but I didn't look this time). For most normal people it would be enough food, as the rice is satisfying and well flavored.

Unfortunately, jan, I did go over budget (notice the ? in the title). Total for the meal, including a glass of good cold sake was $59. I had hoped to stay under 50, but . . .


We ended up going on New Year's Eve and enjoyed the chirashi immensely. Thanks for the post for the inspiration. I broke my uni virginity that night....and I must say, I'll never be the same. I was expecting fishy, but got "sweet" instead. I can't wait to try it again.

We also tried the beef tendon, fried mackerel, and cheese/avocado rolls. I think the rolls were our least favorite. I think we could have simply gone with the chirashi ($22 that evening), and perhaps one other appetizer.

Boy was that good. We were at a table and my sister-in-law glanced over and saw Kazu (?) carefully arranging our chirashi and was notably impressed (nice touch of doing it on the counter so we could see). I think he put more care into placing each morsel than we ultimately used in removing each piece. ;) We can't wait to return once our wallets have puffed up a bit.

ed (from Yuma)

Glad you enjoyed, jan. Chirashi has been a favorite since I discovered it.

And Kazu's are always beautiful and tasty. Some places use second-rate fish in chirashis.

Don't expect all uni to be that good. San Diego has some of the very best in the world, and Kazu has some of the best in San Diego.


I can imagine that San Diego has good uni. I just read this, it's a fun read:

ed (from Yuma)

Thanks for the link jan. I had always really enjoyed the uni in San Diego, but it was only after I read a Jeffrey Steingarden book that I realized it was considered the best in the world (with the possible exception of the rare uni from Hokkaido).

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