Thursday, May 10, 2007

Downtown Delight: 7 Grand and Komasa Sushi

My Sazerac and the cigar list at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar

When I'm not cooking or saving the world, I read books. The downtown LA public library hosts quite the line-up of authors throughout the year, and Wednesday night's discussion between Kenneth Turan and Michael Chabon provided plenty of sophisticated conversation topics over sophisticated drinks when I met up with J afterwards, at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar. On this visit I drank from the specialty cocktail menu, sampling a signature New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac--the bartender coats a glass with a few swirls of Pernod, then fills it with a shaken mix of rye, Peychaud's bitters, a splash of water and a drop or two of sugar, served up with an orange twist. Bracingly bitter, aromatic and dry, it's a perfect sipping drink. As on our previous visit, the talented bartenders were gracious and entertaining, though I wished they'd get rid of the TVs--if I really need to watch the game, I can go to a sports bar.

Of course, whiskey whets the appetite, so we followed our drinks with a late dinner at Sushi Komasa in Little Toyko. Since it was nearly 10 pm, the usual crowd waiting outside this spot was gone, and we could decide for ourselves whether the crowds were right. Though it won't replace our regular sushi joint, Hama, which sits right next door, Komasa has a lot going for it. First off, it's cheap! For $27 (no booze) we filled our bellies with fresh fish. Second, it has excellent crab and two interesting, tasty rolls--cooked eel with avocado and yellow tail with green onions.

Sushi Komasa
352 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA

Another review of Sushi Komasa from Daily Gluttony.


franQ said...

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a film version of MOP coming out later this year… Written and directed by the guy who brought us DODGEBALL, in which he’s CHANGED 85% of Chabon’s original story.

And the sad part is… Michael Chabon himself APPROVED of the script! WHY would he do this? I can only think of one possible answer: $$

If you are a Chabon fan, esp MOP, I suggest you do NOT see this movie. You will be sadly disappointed at the COMPLETE removal of the gay character, Arthur Lecomte, and the fabrication of a romantic love triangle between Art Bechstein, Jane Bellwether, and a bi-sexual Cleveland Arning. And really, what is MOP without the presence of Phlox Lombardi? Alas, she’s barely in it.

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