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Nov 13, 2006 04:30 AM

Edible conveyor-belt sushi in LA or SFV?

Is it available? I know of one place in the Valley on Ventura-I wanna say Tarzana or Woodland Hills area, but haven't been in years. Is it edible? Any places in LA or J-town?

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  1. There is a newish place called Sushi Hiroba on Vine just north of Melrose in Hollywood.

    The manager explained to me that they have sensors in everyone of the panels of the conveyor belt that when the plates weight is placed on it, it starts a timer, which is then tracked by the sushi chef. I don't how long they leave it on there (if the sushi isn't eaten) until the plate is taken away, but I'm sure if you asked they would tell you.

    1. Whatever you do, do NOT go to Kaiten Sushi on the Promenade. HORRIBLE!!!

      The one place that my husband and I have tried and really like....good quality, low
      Daichan Kaiten-Sushi
      11301 Olympic Blvd. 2nd Floor (Cross Street: Sawtelle Boulevard)
      Los Angeles, CA 90064
      (310) 914-5028

      It's pretty basic, but I think it's good...not fantastic or mind-blowing, just good sushi.

      1. You may be thinking about Cho Cho San (aka Revolving Sushi) on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana near Vanalden. It's been in the same strip-mall location for 25 years and has a conveyor belt, but most of the sushi is ordered directly from the sushi chefs. It's good quality for the price. When I want non-traditional, cheap sushi, it's a good choice. I stick to the basic cut and handrolls which range in price from $3-$5. A few years ago, they added more expensive sushi rolls, but I find them a bit overdone. The spicy tuna is some of the best in the city and the Rock 'n' Roll handroll (baked scallops cooked with mayonaise and avocado in a handroll) is always good.

        1. I've always been satisfied by Sushi Afloat in Pasadena. :)


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          1. re: Dommy

            Sushi Afloat in Pasadena is very pedestrian, but decent and consistent.

            1. re: Dommy

              My friends and I call it ghetto sushi, but we can't resist it. Call it a guilty-pleasure, I guess.

              1. re: Dommy

                Concur on Sushi Afloat........
                I always enjoy myself there....
                Yes, it's not great.....but it's not Todai horrible either..
                And those little boats are so much fun!

              2. Sorry I don't remember the name--but there is a good place (good--not great by any means) that is next to the Japanese market in the main Japanese plaza in J-Town (near 1st and Alameda). It's tiny. The service is good.

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                1. re: Rocket fiend

                  Frying Fish. I didn't really dig it all that was "ok" but not that good I get the urge to drive all the way down there to go again.

                  1. re: Xericx

                    Frying Fish is where my pop-in-law wants to go on his birthday. The rest of us find it adequate and pretty cheap, and as we're in Pasadena it's hardly a major trip. The sushi will never go down in legend, but the fish has always been fresh and the chefs happy to make whatever you want.

                    The market next door is a definite plus: last time we were there, I'd had two orders of mackerel and still wanted more, so I went to the market and got a package of two filets for $6, which I grilled the next night. Yum!

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      I thought Frying Fish was expensive for the quality. But I guess it's best to go when there have been people sitting in there for a while. That way whatever's circling on the belt is pretty fresh.

                      1. re: skimrunner

                        If you go, as we did last time, at a time when there's a good crowd, the turnover of everything but the condiments and boring stuff is really high. There were a couple of pieces of that omelet thing circling for the hour we were there (does anyone really like that?), but as we were sitting towards the "end" - that is, just upstream from where the nearest chef was reloading the conveyor - the only way we could get the good stuff was to ask for it, which turns out to be the secret to getting a pretty good meal there.

                        And as long as I'm talking up a place the purists don't care for, they have some fancy rolls I really want to try, especially the "Spider Roll" with the deepfried softshell crab. That's just eight bucks, and it looks really good.

                  2. re: Rocket fiend

                    When I worked downtown, I used to hit Frying Fish fairly often, because it had a decent price/quality ratio, but the last time I went there will be the last time, period. A friend and I were sitting there having lunch when one of the sushi chefs adjusted the rubber floor mat under his feet (or maybe he was changing it...I can't recall). He bent down, moved/replaced the floor mat with his hands, then stood and resumed making sushi WITHOUT WASHING HIS HANDS.

                    Never again.