This changes everything…
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – as of October 1, Shunji is now open for lunch Monday-Friday, from 12-2pm. Not only that, they are now open for dinner on Sundays (they were previously closed). The Offalo and I went yesterday for their lunch grand opening. We weren’t sure what to expect exactly, since not much detail was given beforehand, but once seated, we realized that Shunji’s lunch is a real game-changer:
So yeah…these lunch specials are ridiculously affordable for sushi of this caliber. Trust me, you are saving a lot of $ for the same quality of sushi as dinner. And it’s not the case with some restaurants, where they might serve their “lesser” cuts for the lunch crowd, or have a limited selection available. Sure, you see a fairly basic sushi menu a la carte below, but I’d guess that at least 80% of the fish selection from dinner is available (really depends on the previous night’s dinner and that day’s shipment of course). So feel free to order away as if you were at Shunji’s for dinner, because nothing’s changed…
…except one thing you might have noticed. There is ONLY sushi available during lunch (as well as Sunday dinners). That will probably be the case for these first few months of expanded hours/days. Shunji has expanded their staff, both front and back of the house, and it’ll take a while before everything is up to the very high standards that they have set for themselves. For now, there might be a few appetizers that are available, off-menu. Each diner at lunch received a nice bowl of miso soup, and a threesome of first-time diners got a taste of the famous squik ink noodles.
During this first day, there were maybe a dozen or so diners. Not too many, but it wasn’t as if they heavily promoted it (just a brief message on their Facebook page a week ago). But if you want to sit at the sushi bar, I suggest going early, or even making a reservation (as we did). You won’t be disappointed, and this is an excellent intro to Shunji at a heavily discounted entry price. You’re not getting the more whimsical Shunji dishes, but I have a feeling they’ll be rolled out slowly as things get settled down. Plus, Shunji’s sushi is criminally underrated in my opinion, so in a way, this is a nice way for the spotlight to solely shine on this aspect of Shunji-san’s arsenal.
P.S. met Shunji-san’s brother (chef/owner of Asanebo in Studio City), who was there with their friend for moral support. Cool guy. Still need to try Asanebo.
Lunch Special Sushi, Premium (12 pieces of chef’s choice sushi & 1 roll):
(*differences between 7 and 12 pc. lunch specials)
Tai (Red Snapper)
Kinmedai (Golden Eye Snapper)*
Shimaaji (Striped Jack)
Toro (Fatty Tuna)*
Sanma (Pike Mackerel)*
Ikura (Salmon Roe)*
Uni (Sea Urchin)*
Blue Crab Hand Roll (not pictured)
A La Carte Extras (because I couldn’t help myself):
Himedai (Flower Jobfish)
Zuwaigani (Snow Crab)
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