Sushi Agoura - simply ATROCIOUS
Went to Sushi Agoura with a couple people while I was in Thousand Oaks, on the rec that this was the best sushi joint in the area.
OMG, horrible. Just horrible. I ordered the sushi deluxe chef's special, which was basically the same quality as Gelson's sushi, and the other ordered the spicy tuna tempura roll (very disappointing and lazily done), and the other person ordered the spicy tuna with rice bowl. I don't know how they could say it was spicy, or that it really was tuna because it just wasn't decent quality. She actually said that Sansai was better. Actually, come to think of it, Sushi Umi on the cross street of TO Blvd and Lindero (in the mall where the TJ Maxx is) is alot better though nothing special.
To top it all off, we ordered the baked chilean seabass roll thinking that chilean seabass never disappoints. For the first time, it did disappoint. They doused it with the most god-awful sweet soy-based sauce, it didn't match at all. All this for $60+. Ouch.
That's it, that's the final nail in the coffin of the TO/Westlake Village culinary scene for me. There is nothing good in that area except the tacos at the Latino Market on TO Blvd.
That's too bad. I've been there a few times with my mom and it was very good. Not fantastic, but we were very pleased. My mom loves that place, more than she liked Sasabune from the two times I dragged her there.
Hope it wasn't my recommendation that caused you to go there. If so, sorry!
I used to like Hanami Sushi near the corner of TO Blvd and Skyline (just west of Hampshire), but ownership changed and quality slipped.
In that neck of the woods, there's Shibuya in Calabasas, and I haven't been but I hear there's a sushi bar in one of the Agoura hotels. And soon, Suki 7 will be open where Cisco's Westlake Village location used to be.
i totally agree. my friend took me there, saying it was sooo good, but i thought the quality was mediocre at best. i ordered the sashimi lunch combination, and it was barely edible.
will never go back.
Sushi Ko at the Lakes is a good choice, though. Let's not give up just yet!
I take it back, the one in TO I used to like was named Hiyama.
Hanami, on the other hand, is a terrible sushi joint on the corner of Agoura and Las Virgenes, though their bento boxes (to-go only) are pretty good, and their udon isn't bad.
That's really too bad. When I worked in Agoura Hills we ate at Sushi Agoura once a week for about 6 years, but that was 3 years ago so it may have dramatically changed. No dinners, lunch only, so that could be a difference also. We stayed with a pretty traditional menu: pompano, ami ebi, salmon skin, uni, awabi, saba, ankimo, ikura, squid noodles. We were never disappointed but times may have changed, and our impression of their more trendy/exotic stuff was that it looked great but not enough for us to try them.
As a patron of Sushi Agoura since it opened, I have experienced its downhill run over the past couple of years. While it was quite good at one time, it is now sloppy sushi at best. I think dinner is worse than lunch; as the evening progresses, the chefs continue to indulge in a LOT of "toasts," and the sushi gets very saucy and sloppy.
During the last few times I was there, I continued to smell and taste a very strong odor of bleach on all of my dishes, and in the sushi itself. This past time -- many months ago -- it was so pungent and repugnant that I vowed never to return.
Hey! Don't forget Tomadachi in Westlake Village in the shopping center next to Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
I've been there many times & unfortunately it has to do with the sushi chef. The last few times, I've gone I wait for the "Senior Chef/Older guy". I forget his name. Never disapointing with him. Portions, quality, service everything, great! IMHO he's worth the wait. I tip him with sake, and he takes care of us. The other chefs have been "sub par".
Wow. That's rough. Stay in Valley, that way I don't have to wait 20 mins to sit at the bar.
Some people like the Sweet Chilean Seabass, almost everyone I know, though not me personally.
I think they did have a rough spot on Chefs when one of thier longtime chefs went back to Japan early this year. There were two temporary chefs that both got the boot within weeks, I think this was Feb/March time. Luckily, when Hiyama closed they got Hiro (Denny/Hilo, the Hawaiian) and they have been training a young one from Japan, he is coming into his own. If you want a great experience, go early and ask for Magoo ("me'goo"), he's the owner. Seems like the things you ordered are pretty generic and were probably made by one of those bad chefs.
Give them another try... Order a Double-Double = Tuna Tataki & Albacore Tatak or Fatty Yellow Tail on special request to Magoo. If you want "Spicy" you need to tell them expressly, "pirittokuru" HOT!!! or you can say "Jubai korai" SP??? it means 10x hot. This is the way we order every week with the hot stuff, and most people can't smell it much less eat it. Perfect for a Lobster Special, Eggplant w/Spicy TUna, and/or a Baked Scallop Roll, all top notch. If not, good luck on your search.