The Curious Palate

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Let’s take a serious look at your spatula, the most frequently misused tool in your kitchen arsenal of “must have” gadgets. The spatula is intended for flipping over what’s cooking, not for crushing meat. Form your beef patties by hand. Every time you press down on that burger patty or steak you hear a sizzling sound. That’s because you’re pressuring out the fat that makes meat juicy and tasty. Stop it!

Kiwami Sushi is a very popularStudioCity gathering spot at11920 Ventura Blvd. where enthusiasts share heaping portions of rujuri Sushi and piles of tempura. The menu ranges from $30 to $80 for dinner for two and includes enthusiastic service. It happens under the brilliant chef entrepreneur Katsuya Uechi who founded the original Katsu Ya just up the boulevard and several spin-offs.

Pamper yourself and order “the famous trio” which consists of spicy tuna on crispy rice, albacore sashimi with crispy onions, and a tuna avocado mix on a wonton. Or skip raw fish altogether with a noodle dish tossed with tender calamari.

Check the chef’s schedule of omakase preparation. It’s the ultimate Kiwani experience.

Also in StudioCity, try The Six Restaurant, 12650 Ventura Blvd., where the menu boasts six of just about everything they serve. The rich and creamy mac and cheese is special with its blend of six (what else?) cheeses. I’ve seldom been so pleased as with the chunky Six chicken pot pie. Service is friendly and the prices are sensible but skip the heavy $7 desserts. Six is a way above average casual day or night pleasure.

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