I wanted to support our local restaurants during these trying times by doing take-out, so when I heard that Kiriko was actually offering take-out nigiri (something that they hadn’t done before), I just had to try it. Let’s go!!!
When I arrived to pick up my order, maintaining my distance was easy, because they were no other customers there - Friendly and easy ordering, pick-up and payment process here at Kiriko. Owner/Chef Ken-san came out to greet me with a quick elbow bump. He states that business is noticeably slower, but at the same time he is hopeful that Kiriko’s take-out business can sustain this period of uncertainty.
And now, onto the food!!!
Hotaru ika with shiro miso, cucumbers, seaweed and myoga… Wonderful. These firefly squid may seem little, but they are hugely packed with flavor, and in season right now!
Takenoko special… Enjoying young and tender bamboo shoots is a true sign of spring arriving!
Grilled saba… Fantastic. The dense flesh of this fish really shines in this preparation. And it was still warm after a brief drive back home!
Ikura don… I don’t know where Ken-san sources his ikura, but these salmon eggs are absolutely marvelous. (The Asahi Extra Dry was from my personal stash at home.)
Nigiri assortment: Buri, maguro, mirugai, kohada, and murasaki uni… Each piece was excellent! Note the care that the restaurant places into its packaging by putting a thin layer of foil around each piece of gunkan uni in order to preserve its integrity during travel - Very impressive. The shari on the nigiri did taste a tad cooler after the trip home. However, this is unavoidable, and was a very minor quibble for me because the neta itself was so delicious.
(Not pictured!) Housemade sea salt and sakura ice cream… Whoa! So great! My family inhaled this seasonal dessert faster than I could grab a photo of it!
Spring, and the hope it carries, was infused into this take-out meal. I loved it, and now I cannot wait to see what other chefs around town will come up with for take-out options as we Angelenos weather this storm together.
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