January 29, 2009 3

Asanebo (Studio City)

By in 18: Greater LA, Favorite Food Entries

I went back to the wonderful Asanebo (see old post) to celebrate the birthday of someone special. According to Seat in last post, Asanebo meant “oversleep” in Japanese.

This time I’m also getting with the omakase B Course (ended up as $105 pp this time).


1st course as same as my 2nd course from last time: Whitefish and Shrimp Roll with Shiso Leaf, Yuzu pepper and Shitake Mushroom with Sweet Onion Salsa, taste pretty ‘junky’ and strong tasting for an opening dish.

2nd: Ma Dai (Red Snapper) sashimi. Great texture and the sauce is divine~ It’s a golden, lightly sweet sauce that left you a wonderful aftertaste. The skin was lightly grilled which gave a wonderful aroma. The whole dish is carefully prepared and well thought out for multiple flavors and textures complimenting each other.


3rd: Ono Fish. I wish I can remember the ingredients. Another unique and complex tasting plate, very impressive!


4th: Raw Shark Hearts. At the beginning when the waitress asked for our preferences, we said ‘as exotic as possible’ and this is what we got! They said they get sharks hearts rarely so it’s definitely a treat. Since it doesn’t have much flavor, you eat it with a yuzu based garlic dipping sauce. The texture is soft but firm, bouncy and chewy. Very good!

5th: Raw Sweet Shrimp and Lobster with Truffle and Soy Paper. The shrimp and lobster are so sweet, wonderful.

6th: Grilled Octopus with Burrata cheese and Plum. The octopus was so soft. Lovely dish.

7th: Kagoshima Beef Fillet and Miso seabass.This is similar to what I had last time except the beef was minced last time. The miso flavor of the seabass is a bit too strong compare to all the light but deep, interesting flavors of the courses so far.


8th: Best of Asanebo Sushi. The Marinated Kohada
is top notched. The uni was torched a bit for deeper flavoring. It’s like a spectacular firework show to end the meal, very satisfying.


9th: Miso Soup with Ma Dai (watch out for the fish bone). The dessert selection wasn’t as interesting as last time though.

This meal not only live up to my first impression, but even surpassed it a little (for the surprises and first two wonderfully designed sashimi dishes).

Asanebo (818) 760-3348)
11941 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604-2607

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3 Responses to “Asanebo (Studio City)”

  1. valentine says:

    ooohh I envy your friend~~
    seems like a really wonderful b-day celebration!! ^p^

  2. seat says:

    Wow the pictures are so pretty that they can be framed and hung up for decorations~

    So here is the shark heart!! They look like maguro~

  3. Freda says:

    Haha I thought it was Maguro at first too, but then its surface is not as smooth and have that ‘liver’ kind of look to it.