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pre-packaged sushi

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i used to love mitsuwa japanese market's pre-packaged sushi (rated best pre-packaged in la) but i recently had famima!!'s pre-packaged and it tastes a lot better (but a little more expensive). famima's also has a higher fish to rice ratio.

trader joe's pre-packaged sushi - ICK! how can they call that sushi?

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  1. I agree with you on Trader Joe's sushi, it is gross. And can someone please tell them that their "california rolls" have nothing but crab in them.

    Haven't had sushi at the other two places mentioned, but I think I will try them.

    1. I agree on Trader Joe's! Here's the results of another thread we did analyzing this subject. If you can't get to a Japanese market, Bristol Farms is pretty good.

      1. Agreed, the pasty glue at TJ's is horrible! It's made by Okami, which is also sold in bigger packages at Costco.

        To bring things back on topic, I find the stuff at Wholesome Choice (Irvine) pretty good for supermarket sushi.

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          1. re: Stassage

            On Culver at Michelson, just south of the 405

            Will echo others' opinions that Mitsuwa makes a decent convenience sushi.

        1. The only prepackaged "sushi" that I truly enjoy is the spicy tuna rolls and california rolls from Fish King in Glendale.

          1. I tried the pre-packaged sushi from Mitsuwa on Centinela for the first time today. I had battera-style saba, and spicy tuna cut roll. Not impressed in the slightest, most likely wouldn't repeat these items. The battera at Nijiya on Sawtelle blows Mitsuwa's away in terms of the quality of the mackarel, and both Bristol Farms and Gelsons have much tastier spicy tuna. Live and learn.

            1. Thanks, I was wondering about the famima sushi, now I think I'll give it a try. I used to go to Yaohan (now Mitsuwa, I think) in J-Town for their packaged sushi, did you know that after 5pm, they slash the prices, at least at the one in JTown.

              The rice in the Bristol Farms sushi is hard as a rock. I only go there for convenience if I can't get to anywhere else.

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              1. re: slacker

                slacker -- Which Bristol Farms are you going to, and what time of day?

                I frequent the Westlake Village store at or before noon, and the sushi is as good and as fresh as some sushi bars! Yes, I am very particular, and no other store sushi will do, but the sushi chefs at Bristol will make anything to order, and their spicy tuna is really good. I also like their low-carb bowls of spicy tuna with lettuce and low or no rice.

              2. We lived near a Mitsuwa and I liked their real crab rolls... tasty... Now, when craving a cheap sushi fix at lunch we go to the Sushi Academy and indulge. Their rolls are REALLY worth it for the price $3.00 and Nigiri pairs ~2.00 :)


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                1. re: Dommy

                  is this the sushi academy you speak of?

                  4509 Centinela Ave.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90066

                  1. re: wilafur

                    That is it... parking in the back... It's a small place, lunch only, M-F. The stuff they have ranges from Meh... to pretty darn good. It also rotates, a few weeks ago they had salmon skin rolls which looked really good. Because it's students, it takes a little bit to get your order. But it's cheap, they students do a pretty good job with the rolls nd Nigiri (They are being supervised) and it's WAY cheaper than the horrid sushi at Whole Foods (I got a $10.00 Unagi plate last week which was VILE!!!)


                2. I really like the sushi at Famima!, too. It's very fresh, and the box is filled to the brim.

                  Also enjoy Bristol Farms' sushi, and feel very fortunate when I can catch the person behind the counter to make a special roll for me.

                  The sushi at Gelson's isn't bad, either.

                  NEVER get the sushi at Whole Foods. I always see very fatty salmon that are tough to chew - big, thick white strips.