More Spicy Miso Soup, Please

One of the perks of living in a big city is the dining events that showcase the city’s diverse and premier restaurants. In Los Angeles, dineLA Restaurant Week occurs a few times a year. During this two-week event, I try to go to at least one or two restaurants I have yet to dine at. It’s not only a great way to get together with friends to enjoy a prix fixe meal, but it’s a smart way to sample a restaurant’s food while saving a bit of money.

Sake House by Hikari
Sake House by Hikari
Spicy Miso Soup
Spicy Miso Soup

One of the restaurants I went to during dineLA’s Summer 2013 Restaurant Week was Sake House by Hikari, a Japanese fusion restaurant located in the heart of downtown Culver City. The dineLA dinner menu consisted of 3 courses, with dishes ranging from Sashimi Salad to Lobster Yaki Noodle.

To start off our dinner, the waiters served each of us a generous bowl of Spicy Miso Soup. This was definitely not a traditional miso soup, but it was very unique and savory. The shitake mushrooms and jalapeΓ±os added an intense level of flavor and spice to the dish.

Sashimi Salad
Sashimi Salad

For the first course, I tried the Sashimi Salad and Zensai One Two Three, which were both beautifully plated. The Sashimi Salad contained different cuts of sashimi on a bed of mixed greens. The portion was small (only one piece of each type of sashimi), but it was well put together. There was no need to dip the sashimi in soy sauce–the house ginger dressing alone added a nice touch of flavor.

The Zensai (Japanese for “hors d’oeuvre”) One Two Three included two pieces of crispy rice with spicy tuna, a small bundle of seaweed salad, and three pieces of popcorn shrimp with garlic mustard sauce. The texture of the rice contrasted well with the creaminess of the spicy tuna. The seaweed salad was fresh and crisp. The popcorn shrimp, although generously coated with the sweet and tangy sauce, retained its crispy texture.

Our main courses included a variety of sushi and sashimi–the 9 pcs Sushi with Tuna Roll and 12 pcs Sashimi with Spicy Tuna Roll. Both dishes, especially the sushi plate, were beautifully arranged. Unfortunately, compared to their presentation, the taste and quality of the sushi and sashimi simply did not deliver. Some pieces of fish, such as the tuna, were sinewy and difficult to chew. Despite this, we continued to eat everything off our plate. We were more than satisfactorily full by the end of our meal!

Tempura Ice Cream
Tempura Ice Cream

For dessert, our options were Green Tea Ice Cream or Tempura Ice Cream. The green tea ice cream was not overly sweet and had a strong green tea flavor. The tempura ice cream–a big scoop of green tea ice cream deep-fried in tempura batter–was simply divine. The warm, crispy shell paired perfectly with the cold and sweet creaminess of the ice cream.

Despite the subpar quality of the fish, we enjoyed our dinner here. I recommend dining here for the non-sushi dishes, which were delicious and generously portioned. If you can handle the heat, don’t leave without trying the Spicy Miso Soup!

Sake House by Hikari
9729 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Price: dineLA Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, $35

25 thoughts on “More Spicy Miso Soup, Please

  1. Those ice cream options are incredible! I envy your dining scene and also the opportunity to get out πŸ™‚ Enjoyed reading your report very much.

    1. I do consider myself lucky to be able to dine out often in a city like LA. In fact, I just attended the LA Food & Wine Festival yesterday–ate a lot of amazing food and spotted a few celebrity chefs!!
      Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate it πŸ™‚

  2. Yum πŸ™‚ I don’t believe I’ve had spicy miso soup before, but it sounds interesting. I like the usual miso soup and a bit of a coward on the spicy side though. Sushi and Sashimi look fabulous though. I’m going to ignore that tempera ice cream so I don’t crave ice cream.

  3. just loved the beautiful spread of so many delicious dishes,a perfect restaurant time…but seriously we heart those perfectly molded sushis…beautiful and unique idea of having tempura icecream:-)

    1. Please do come up with a recipe for spicy miso soup, and share it on your blog! I will be looking forward to it πŸ™‚

      That udon sounds yummy–will head over soon to check out your post! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I was shockingly disappointed by the sushi, especially given how beautifully plated they were! Everything else was delicious though! Hope you get to eat sushi again very soon πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Mandy!

  4. I can imagine how hot that miso soup must have tasted with jalapeΓ±os in it. I am not an expert of Japanese food but judging from your descriptions and photographs, you must have had a whale of an evening. Thank you sharing, the experience!

    1. I love fresh sushi! I am lucky to be living in a city with a huge variety of restaurants. I’ve eaten out a lot over the past few years, but I feel like there are still so many places to try! Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

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