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horizen gourmet (west hollywood)

January 21, 2009

horizen gourmet
8385 beverly blvd
los angeles, ca 90048
(323) 653-0470
www.hirozen.com

few years ago, my cousin and i stumbled upon this little treasure hidden inside a mall complex at the corner of orlando and beverly, and to this day, it is still my favorite sushi place to go.

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on this particular visit, these are what we ordered (yup, we skipped breakfast to have a satisfying ‘branch/lunch’ :)

ankimo (monkfish liver) – yummily good, if you like the texture :)
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toro & foie gras tower (layered grilled foie gras, toro & banana with black bean sauce) – this is good, and who wouldn’t love foie gras! although after learning how foie gras was produced, i no longer allow myself to indulge in such cruelty since four years ago :(
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nasa soboro (eggplant, minced chicken with snow peas) – my cousin didn’t really like this one, but i love eggplants, though the minced chicken with snow peas tasted like a homemade dish i’ve had. this was probably our least favorite that day
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uni (sea urchin), ikura okizuke (smelt eggs), and kobashira (scallop) – omg, just look at those uni and tell me you’ve had plumber ones! d best uni i’ve ever had! thinking about it and looking at the pics made me drool all over again :D the kobashira are so fresh! this is my favorite ‘combo’! :)
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variety roll (tuna, salmon and white fish) – pretty good :)
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apple sushi – very creative… it’s the first time i’ve ever had an apple sushi, so it was an interesting surprise :)
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purple yam pudding – yam-mily good but nothing new
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sauteed banana – they’re good, but i’ve had better ones :)
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green tea
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the owners are very nice and knowledgeable. (they do consulting work, too!) i’m so bad with names and i feel so embarrassed about forgeting the name of the lovely lady who came by and chatted with us. she was first curious on why i was snapping food shots each time a dish was served to us, and probably thought we might be ‘spies’ :p but she was very gracious knowing that taking food shots has been a ‘hobby’ of mine, and even after learning that my cousin’s family is in the restaurant business. :)  all in all, i heart hirozen….lots!!! :) all the staffs are super friendly and attentive. and their wide variety of small dishes on the menu never ease to gastronomically surprise and satisfy any picky palette. :) ingredients are fresh, the flavors of the dishes are well balanced, and beautifully presented. a lovely small dining place, so don’t forget to make reservations, and i wouldn’t recommend it for large groups. if you wanna save on valet parking, find a street parking instead. :) hmm hmm hirozen-licious! :)

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4 comments

  1. I love your reviews! drool! =D


  2. Wow, looks like a great menu and that scallop sushi isn’t like any I have seen before. I need to add Hirozen to my list! (did your spell check change it to “Horizon”?)


  3. hi anne :) aww, thank you!! glad you enjoy them. :) i’m quite slow with the update, but hope to post more regularly once i get my computer fixed. :p thanks again for your kind words, and hope to see you again! :) xoxo


  4. hello jonah :) yes, you really gotta check this little treasure out! i think you will love it, too! :) thanks so much for dropping by!! i love your 365pte project!! :) and oops, thanks for letting me know about the “horizon”…just changed it. :p



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