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Feb 16, 2007 12:57 PM

Sushi Zo - Deserves the Hype

After reading all of the glowing reviews of Sushi Zo, my wife and I had to try Zo and see if it lives up to the hype so we checked it out last night.

Simply put, it does.

We didn't choose the omakase at the bar, but instead were shown to one of the tables. On a side note, our table was my only complaint; right under an A/C duct so it was a little chilly.

To give you a frame of reference, we LOVE nigiri sushi and sashimi and are not fans of overstuffed fusion rolls filled with philly cheese steak ingredients. For us, just keep it simple, keep it fresh and let it melt in your mouth.

Our "go-to" sushi bars are Tama on sushi row in Studio City and on the westside (closer to home), Echigo. We do like the quality of fish and skilled preparation offered at Kiriko, but the service was so bad on our last two visits that we won't go back.

Anyway, on to our order at Zo.

For nigiri we ordered, hamachi, kanpachi, shima aji, sweet shrimp, scallop, butter fish, salmon and anago. For dessert, a blue crab hand roll. To drink, green tea and King Estate pinot gris.

Every piece of fish, and I mean every piece, was luscious, fresh and like butta. The service was great and the fish came out at a perfectly timed pace. The rice was slightly warm, seasoned and a perfect compliment to the fresh fish.

The standout dish was the the butter fish topped with a miso sauce; I could have eaten 10 of these.

The restaurant was a 1/2 full when we arrived and about the same or more by the time we left.

I really hope this joint stays under the radar; I don't want to share with many people.

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  1. Your a la carte menu sounded great! If you just added the ankimo, yellow-striped jack and the bluefin tuna or toro, that's my idea of a perfect sushi dinner.

    1. Sounds great. What was the price?

      6 Replies
      1. re: Jwsel

        Oops, forgot to mention. $90 all in...

          1. re: vinosnob

            That's amazing. I can't get out of there for under $100pp (before tip). I guess I have a lot to learn!

            1. re: hrhboo

              I've only had omakase there once. When ordering nigiri a la carte here, is an order still one piece, or two? Thx.

              1. re: gnarlex

                I've only had omakase as well but it's my understanding that you usually get one piece when ordering a la carte and should probably specify if you'd like two.

                1. re: gnarlex

                  An a la carte order of nigiri is by the piece, and most selections are about $2 - $2.50.

          2. Always happy to hear when folks have thrilled from the quality of Sushi Zo. We've been 3 times, and have indulged in Omakase only. Spousal unit and I have decided that we now have enough of a feel for what dishes are consistently home runs (but they mostly ALL are), and we will order on our own next time.

              1. re: mc michael

                Google is your friend. It's the first hit if you Google "sushi zo".

              2. Thanks. Sushi Zo
                9824 National Blvd Unit C
                Los Angeles, CA