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sushi place on Melrose

There's a place people talk about on the board that is on Melrose, just west of La Brea. Is it Azami? Could anyone tell me a bit more about it, thinking about checking it out tomorrow with two friends who are sushi fiends like me...thanks!

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  1. Quite good, not great, very busy from 7-9 (9 or 9:30 is last call). Reasonably priced. Two women sushi chefs -- a highly unusual and nice thing to see...barriers broken down, I mean.

    For higher quality, prices, fish assortment and more traditional sushi (in a non-crowded and as-yet-undiscovered gem) try Sushi Zo on National.

    1. it's great, yes, azami it is, good sushi, interesting sauces (not to be confused with roll stuff), great female chefs (unique in sushidom), and not terribly pricey, not cheap though. think on at least 50 per. omakase is the way to go, great crab handrolls, really good blue fin toro. as good if not better than the toro at sushi zo.

      and not really trendy, it's actually very good food for the melrose shopping district strip, which is not really that known for really good food.

      1. wow, we sent that out at the same time. almost you beat me though.

        1. We ate there -- omakase -- one Saturday early evening, and WOW! It was perhaps one of the best dinners we have had! I know this is a lot to live up to, but there are two women chefs/owners, and I think they do best if you just let them serve you at the bar. Let them know if there is anything that you don't care for, and then just relax and enjoy!

          Their fish was really fresh and clean (one of the chefs grew up in the business because her dad was a fish dealer -- need I say more?). We began with a cut lobster roll -- memorable! Every item was amazing! We did request one piece each so that we would be able to taste more of their offerings, and we were extremely satisfied when we were done. It will run you about $40-$50/pp (before drinks, tax, gratuity), but I do think it is WELL worthwhile.

          The service was pleasant, the space is clean, and the chefs are quite friendly and welcoming!

          Please do post your experience...I'm drooling!

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          1. re: liu

            Did you bring your Yuzu Chili Paste with you?

            Or do they have their own there?

            1. re: JBC

              JBC - very, VERY funny!!! Actually, next time I will take a yuzu fruit from the tree we just planted (San Gabriel Nursery has them!). You can imagine, I was so jazzzzed to find one!

              Ok, back to the point -- yes, Azami has yuzu chili paste! They do take a lot of time to "top" their orders with interesting flavors!

          2. The only negative I have found is that it can be VERY, VERY hard to get the attention of a sushi chef when sitting at the bar during dinner. They seem over burdened with take-out orders and table orders the (weeknights) I have been (I wouldn't even consider a weekend). My friends and I have resorted to writing our orders down and handing them to the chef and taking things as they come. Not ideal but workable.

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Ciao Bob -- we try to go to sushi bars just after they open on Saturday evening. We have found everything fresh, clean and ready, but they are usually not crowded yet and we have all the attention of the chefs who are ready for the night. We enter at 5:30 or 6:00'ish, and by 7:30 we are usually done.

            2. i'm a big fan of Azami (though I do prefer Hirozen). i like the laid back atmosphere at Azami. where is omakase? i've never heard of it.

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              1. re: jazmin

                omakase is a style. basically, you order omakase...which basically means the chefs menu.

              2. I have pretty much stopped going anyplace else but Azami. I love the relaxed, informal atmosphere and the Sushi chefs Niki and Saori are very fun and knowledgable. Never had any problem getting their attention and I don't mind filling out a list and then adding to it later. I especially love their Kanpachi done with a squeeze of lemon and sea salt - absolutely fantastic.

                1. Count me in as another fan. Brought a 15 year old sushi novice and the chefs treated us to a great omakase. He really enjoyed his first "real" sushi experience, but it wasn't overbearing or stuffy (he wore his "System of a Down" T shirt and I told him it wouldn't be out of place.)

                  They also accomodated my vegetarian friend with specially created tofu sushi and some other off-menu items.

                  LOVE AZAMI!

                  1. So I went to Azami last night and it WAS fantastic! Besides loving the idea of female sushi chefs (especially since I went with an old friend who made it through 12 years of all girls school empowerment with me) they were wonderful. we did Omakase, with some requests, and the sweet spinach to start. It was $44 omakase, plus drinks, etc. we started off with the special Tuna on Rice Cake, which was simple but good, and then had the girlled toro in a lettuce wrap. how perfect. then the true sushi came out- tuna, snapper, albacore, yellowtail belly (YUM), salmon, scallop, Toro, uni, and sea urchin, which we could have done without. but the evening closed on a high note with the always recommended blue crab hand roll. And we have now found a new easy, good sushi place in the area. Thank you chowhounds!

                    1. As far as I'm concerned... Any place that serves fresh grated wasabi with the sushi gets an A+ in my book. The only other place I've gotten that here in LA is Urasawa...

                      1. Fresh wasabi -- amazing taste without the painful bite of the green horseradish "stuff." This is a bad corner to cut for a really good sushi bar, and I think it says a lot when a sushi bar, such as Azami, uses the real deal.