5 Top Tastes at South Coast Plaza

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On October 2 & 3, South Coast Plaza sponsored a two-day food tour for a dozen L.A. and Orange County food bloggers designed to showcase five restaurants and a single premium food shop. Clearly, not every bite at South Coast Plaza was life changing, but here are my five favorite tastes during the course of our gluttonous walking tour.

Okinawa native James Hamamori was the longtime chef at Asakuma in Brentwood, but left to pursue his own interests in Orange County. He now owns three Wasu Sushi restaurants throughout the county, but his crown jewel is undoubtedly Hamamori, a white jewel box on the third floor of South Coast Plaza with decorative blue accents. During our journey, Hamamori was the only chef to score two dishes in my Top 5.

Silky Hokkaido scallop sushi was lavished with a cluster of bursting Osetra caviar, a dusting of Himalaya pink salt and a light squeeze of lemon.

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The broiled freshwater eel sushi was absolutely luxurious, a nearly caramelized eel fillet topped with a molten slab of Hudson Valley foie gras. The finish: a spritz of citrus-sweet orange zest.



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A little sourdough tang in the pizza crust…now that is worth talking about. Ummmm sourdough and what better place than in pizza dough?

I think the FTC disclosure bit is just fine in my book. I think it’s ridiculous that some people think we shouldn’t review a place if we got comped. I think if we disclose that we were comped the meal, then people can read our opinion with a grain of salt.

Anyways, Ortica vs. Flour + Water? who wins?

Agreed, Mattatouille.

Flour + Water’s Margherita is slightly better, but Pizzeria Ortica’s Margherita is currently my favorite in Southern California.

Maybe full disclosure isn’t such a bad idea! This is the first time I’ve heard of such lucrative incentives. I’d go to Nordstroms with my $200 SCP bux 😉

I always made sure to specify if a meal was hosted, but this takes the idea to a micro level.

Elina Shatkin wrote a good article explaining the changes to the FTC regulations, if you’re interested:


Thanks for the disclosure. Wish your fellow bloggers would do likewise.

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