Saito's Sushi in Silverlake
I have heard of this place for ages, but had also heard that it wasn't for the "sushi neophyte" which I still considered myself to be.
Now, Azami is always my tried and true, but sometimes the drive to Melrose and La Brea is too daunting a task. Armed with the knowledge the Azami women have given me, I felt I was ready for Saito's.
I drove past Pazzaz Sushi to get to Saito's, and it was packed to the gills, so I expected the same...Unfortunately for Saito, that was not the case. It's a very simple space, with one waitress and only Saito behind the bar. There isn't really a menu, Saito can create an omakase for you, or you can ask if he has your favorites on hand. I started with snapper served with lemon and salt. Delicious! The rice was the perfect lukewarm temperature and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth. Actually, that description fits every piece I had, even the salmon which usually has a few chewy bits. The cuts were very generous, especially the toro. Others around me were ordering sashimi and the plates looked really good.
I had 8 (maybe 9?) orders total and my bill was $63. Not cheap, but I absolutely felt it was worth it. I'm sure the toro pushed that number upward.
Service is efficient, but not exactly warm until you are a regular. I felt comfortable enough to ask questions and make sure I got what I wanted.
I'm glad I finally tried Saito's, after living in the neighborhood almost 5 years. It's a good, solid sushi place without all the fancy rolls and other distractions.
4339 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2111 View Map
323 663 8890
The most overlooked sushi place in LA - simply because it is in one of the crappiest-looking strip malls in any neighborhood where people have enough dough to actually afford sushi. Saito is a cool dude, and, for me and my family, his fish is very good, especially when we don't want to drive to Studio City to visit Nozawa. I agree with another post - Saito isn't the kind of place you'd drive across town for, but it's very good. Saito is minutes from Dodger Stadium, the Greek, the Zoo, the Observatory and the Pantages. Of you don't live on the east side, think of Saito when you're headed to one of those places.
I always enjoy Saito, and I go there often. I would'nt call it the "best sushi in town" because I would not want to give the impression that people should drive across town for it, or that it might rival those places that others consider the "best" in town. That said, I've always only ever had delectable, delicious sushi; most primarily tuna, yellowtail, halibut, spanish mackeral and snapper; but also excellent sweet shrimp, scallop and uni. It's basic, but good and a great neighborhood sushi spot. Service is always friendly, and while the prices might have gone up recently, I'd rather prices go up than quality go down. Glad you enjoyed it!