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TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Opened in 1982, Shogun was the first Japanese restaurant in New Orleans, shortly followed by the short-live Benihana in the French Quarter. Shogun, initially near the corner of Bonnabel and Vets, moved to its current location, a former Shakey's Pizza in the mid 80s.

Owner Masako Kamata, Ms. Peggy as her regulars know her, and her now deceased husband brought with them the very finest of Japanese dining. Shogun has unquestionably been the top New Orleans Japanese restaurant in not just New Orleans but the South for 37 years running. Upstarts have tried to dethrone it. For a long time on the Food Board, some neophytes tried to claim that Kanno or Horinoya or some celebrity chef sushi spot in Orlando, Houston, or Atlana had eclipsed Shogun. Absurdity and nothing more. Shogun has remained the standard by which all other Japanese restaurants in the South are measured.

Ms. Peggy has brought the greatest sushi chefs in the city to her restaurant, starting with Yoshi, followed by Akira and Don. Her latest recruit, Kaz, has done well for himself. Although most of these sushi guys have moved on, Ms. Peggy continues to find the best and bring them to her restaurant.

One of my favorite meals at Shogun is the sushi and tempura lunch special. Less than a decade ago, this beautiful combo was just $8.99. It is now $11.99, but remains the best deal in the city for both amount, breadth, and quality of food. Here are TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special:

10. Chicken tempura



Better than CFA or Cane's, the special comes with two chicken strips which are finely trimmed of all fat and tendon making for a firm and unfettered bite. Dipped with the light soy-citrus sauce, it is a treat.

9. Fruit dessert



One way the Japanese have remained a relatively healthy society is by not giving in to the temptation of sugar. Most Japanese meals do not have dessert, and those that do are usually fruit based. At Shogun, what a perfect way to end a perfect meal. Depending on the season, the melon may be the green sweet melon or the cantaloupe. Oranges are always present.

8. Steamed broccoli




Shogun must employ the world's greatest steamer, as I've eaten hundreds of broccoli dishes here and each and every time, the steaming is perfect. Just long enough to soften the vegetable, but not too long, for the vegetable maintains its beautiful color and maximum Vitamin C content.

7. Clear fish broth soup



This may well be the city's most elegant dish. Clear, light noodles, and a flavor so distinct and textured it is unforgettable. Within two minutes of your order, you will be presented with this classic Shogun standard. For 50 cents more you can upgrade (in my opinion it's not an upgrade) to the miso soup, which is the city's best as well.

6. Vegetable steamed rice



My standard modus operandi is to eat one bite and take the rest of this yummy rice to go. It makes a great meal the next day. So much of the Japanese meal depends on the quality of the rice. As fewer and fewer chefs at Japanese restaurants are from Japan, it is more and more common for the rice at Japanese restaurants to resemble Chinese or other Asian rices. Not at Shogun. Shogun's rice maintains authentic stickiness and texture and flavor, and that goes for this side dish as well.

5. Shrimp tempura



If this dish were at any other Japanese restaurant in town, it would be that restaurant's crown jewel. At Shogun, it's just another dish. But it's a great dish.

4. Seaweed and sprout salad



When I was a child, I thought and ate like a child. But when I grew up, I put aside such childish things. As a child, I whined when this dish was brought out and asked for the ginger salad served at the hibachi section. As my taste buds matured, I began to appreciate this acidic and sweat vinegar salad, aged for many days. It is now one of my favorite dishes at Shogun. It doesn't pretend to be something it's not. With ingredients consisting of only seaweed, bean sprouts, carrots and sweet vinegar it is surprisingly simple for something that creates such a burst of beauty. Paired with the fish broth soup, how better to start a meal?

3. Cabbage salad




Around St. Patrick's Day, invariably there is a thread requesting good cabbage dishes. Well look no further than this beautiful pleasure. Finely shredded to maximize crunch and flavor, the raw cabbage matches well with light dressing. The overflowing tastes disguise that this is one of the healthiest dishes in New Orleans.

2. Vegetable tempura



Over the years, the vegetable tempura selection on this dish has been altered. I remember when the only vegetables were carrot, zucchini, yam, and aubergine. Over the years, Shogun added broccoli and took away the yam. Most recently, Shogun substituted asparagus for the aubergine. Regardless, the vegetable tempura has remained an essential and great part of this meal.

1. Sushi plate



This part of the meal is usually brought out shortly after the soup and salad, so it is an appetizer for the literal boatload of food that is to come. I have a very particular way of eating it. I start with one of the cucumber rolls. Next is the shrimp sushi, then crab sushi, then white fish sushi. I separate each piece of sushi with a slice of ginger to cleanse the palate. I then return to the cucumber roll. At this point, it is my custom to ask for a drink refill and another round of ginger palate cleanser. At last, I dip my tuna, fish side down, into the soy, as I do with all my other fish pieces, and delight in it, making five chews, savoring every morsel of the perfect sushi rice, before swallowing. Perfection.

There you have it, my dear friends, one of the best dishes in New Orleans, dissected. You're going to be hard pressed to find a better deal for $11.99. If you do, let me know about it so I can dissect it as well. I hope your day is a great one.


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You're going to be hard pressed to find a better deal for $11.99. If you do, let me know about it so I can dissect it as well


CiCis all you can eat pizza buffet. Go do it.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Get back on your medications ASAP. If money is the issue,I’ll mail you the goddamn cash.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
These have jumped the shark


LSUballs
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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Next do the top ten most dangerous hoods in NOLA for a cracker arse white boy to run into at midnight screaming obscenities at Barack Obama and disparaging the ghost of MLK jr.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
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These have jumped the shark


Jumped the shark and flown right past potato on the way to turnip.

But I still enjoy reading them.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Why haven't you been banned yet?


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Luvi >>>>>>>>> Shogun


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Great gastronomic journalism!


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With your journalistic approach. Look up foods that have caused the obesity rate to increase or the additives added to food or the fake sugars that cause harm or most important all the words you cannot say on the ingredients of a food label.

Other than that your post are too long to keep my attention bc my interest in your opinions are skewed. For example. Giving a national chain Dominio’s pizza a 7.5/10? Seriously? Or in the food court rant giving a pre-maid cookie company props? Master troll or self absorbed.
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Get back on your medications ASAP. If money is the issue,I’ll mail you the goddamn cash.


I literally choked on my drink all over my desktop computer.




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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
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and delight in it, making five chews, savoring every morsel




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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
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As a child, I whined

Least surprising part of the entire review.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
This looks so much better than the gas station buffet in Bastrop. Sadly, I think they get their tuna for sushi from the bait shop across the road. I usually dope it up with a lot of ketchup to improve the taste.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Have you ever tried their sweet shrimp sushi? They bring the fried heads out for you to enjoy as well.

We need more Christmas threads for Jesus. Maybe a top 10 ornaments on your tree thread.

Wife got me this one this year. I love it.
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Get back on your medications ASAP.




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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
Almost all places that serve Ebi also bring out the fried head. It’s damn good...though I usually only eat about 80% of it. I try to leave the horn and eyes.

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TulaneLSU
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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
I often will get the raw shrimp if someone else is paying for the meal. When I am alone, I usually can not afford add ons like additional sushi. Perhaps one of my dear readers will take me out for an a la carte shogun sushi dinner?

More threads for Christmas are coming. Thank you for your encouragement. The many naysayers try to belittle and trample on my spirit. One positive word, however, outweighs a million of their negative swords and arrows.


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re: TulaneLSU's Top 10 Components of Shogun's Sushi and Tempura Lunch Special
I love you TulaneLSU. Don't let the haters deter you from creating these threads. They are the best!


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I love you TulaneLSU. Don't let the haters deter you from creating these threads. They are the best!



I have no idea why anyone would genuinely discourage him

These threads are genius

Sure they're ridiculous in that they're unnecessary and probably take an obscene amount of time to put together, but I get to read them and laugh in the course of 60 seconds so why should I give a shite.


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