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Long Beach Sushi Roundup

Why? Because the topic keeps repeating. AND because I tried another popular joint last night.
Here are my thoughts:

If you have the means: Go to Koi on PCH in Seal Beach - it's just over the Long Beach Border, and if you like good, fresh nigiri - this is the best in the vacinity.

If you're like me (love the fish, don't have the means) - Sushi Studio is my favorite spot. It throws a lot of people off being attached to a run-down motel, but it's the best bang for your buck. their Happy hour specials are a fantastic deal - although they've changed over time, but it's generally a Mon-Thur 3pm-6pm. Their rolls are creative and fun and tasty. Some people complain about the heavy sauces (just ask for less!)

Now, there are 2 Aki Sushis... The first, Aki Sushi and Thai is on 7th a couple blocks west of Cherry. That's the original. I like it - but, it's slightly more expensive. I haven't been in a while, but I remember enjoying the NY NY roll. Also of note: They deliver!
- The 2nd Aki is an offspring of the first, but it doesn't have the Thai food component. They are on Redondo, just south of 7th st. I ate there once and was not impressed.

My work day keeps me in close proximity to Niko Niko Sushi (at the corner of Bellflower/PCH) in the Ralphs strip mall. I've been a few times, but the only thing I really enjoyed is their lobster roll, and that's not enough to keep me coming back. Ive ordered more often from the Sushi Roll place on the corner of Palo Verde and Atherton - and I don't know if they have a real name.

Downtown Long Beach: My downtown Sushi is limited, but Wasabi has good happy hours deals - but it's not the best Sushi. If your looking for good FISH, go accross the street to Kings Fish House (Yes, I think they are a franchise) Kings is my favorite seafood in this city and they have a sushi menu as well. Also in that area: Paker's lighthouse and Gladstones - both are fish houses and both also have Sushi menus. Gladstones has a late night menu, I don't know about the other places.

Last on my list - Sushi Saurus on 2nd st in Belmont Shore.... went last night (1st mistake, going to sushi on a sunday) after reading reviews and hearing about it since I moved here a couple of years ago, WHY!? It's so over-rated, but it was cheap. They may have the best Tamago in town, but what's the point if your fish is nothing special.

Sushi Studio
4917 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804

Koi Restaurant
600 Pacific Coast Hwy # 100
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Aki Sushi
1626 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90813

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  1. on the other hand, being a long beach-living sushi lover, you can go just up the 405 to gardena/torrance and have some really amazing fish.

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    1. re: FED

      But Restaurant Koi is just over the bridge and is really amazing. You must sit with Taka and let him just take care of you.

    2. I totally agree with you, that Restaurant Koi is by far the best hands down. I have brought friends from all over and Taka really does impress them all. I have noted some other sushi bars that are in OC that I want to try, but the quality that they serve at Koi is supreme. Taka really knows his fish.

      1. My experiences are the same. Im a little higher on Aki, but they are inconsistent. If it is Aki himself your in for a treat. If it is one of his other chefs you may not be so well off. The 2nd Aki can be fun if you want to mix and match your Thai with Sushi.

        Saurus and Wasabi are forgettable, unless your with a weekend crowd and just want to drink and shoot Edemami at each other. Best raw fish downtown are the great oyster selection at Kings.

        I forgot about Koi, ate there a couple of years ago and had a great time. Will go back soon.

        1. Kinokawa is good.
          Wardlow & Walnut

          For more casual style but yummy rolls...

          Bamboo Teri House
          Atlantic & Wardlow

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          1. re: Oh Robin

            Kinokawa is a great, inexpensive lunch spot, too. Very satisfying combo plates very reasonably priced (well under $10).

            1. re: Oh Robin

              I love Bamboo Teri House. Not so much for sushi, but their other dishes are good. It's always a good sign when you see Japanese people eating in a Japanese restaurant.

              1. re: justagthing

                I love their "super shrimp" roll. Crunch roll w/ shrimp on top. Yum. Also I usually never order teriyaki chicken bowls (so generic) but I just can't resist theirs. So good. Check local papers (grunion gazette, signal hill tribune) for coupons.

                1. re: justagthing

                  i eat at bamboo teri all the time and really like it. but i don't get the sushi. i usually get one of those bowls. the sukiyaki is good. the tuna bowl is pretty good (and close enough tosushi, i guess). my wife likes there sushi, but she doesn't like sushi. i was really disappointed in kinokawa.

                2. re: Oh Robin

                  Kinokawa has some odd hours, was going to try it but it was closed. My old carpool partner from 15 years ago used to like it for take home.

                3. Koi is excellent... but if you're really scraping and just want some quick, quick sushi that's good for filling in the gaps... Sango Sushi in Los Alamitos can do the trick...

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                  1. re: wenster

                    Used to eat there years ago. I always thought their rice was too wet; it didn't hold together or complement the fish very well. My favorite lunch there was their udon.

                    1. re: CynD

                      I'm in total agreement with you CynD. I'm not all that impressed with Koi. Their rolls fall apart, and with their nigiri, the rice just doesn't stick to the fish. I also think the atmosphere, service, and cleanliness could use some serious improvement. I'd much rather go about half a mile over to Haru Haru (hidden in the plaza on 2nd & PCH behind Trader Joe's). IMO, they've got Koi, Sushi Saurus, and Yen beat when it comes to quality, portions, price, and especially, service. For LB sushi, my boyfriend and I are all about Haru Haru.

                      1. re: ali76girl

                        I've never had any problems with the cleanliness, so sorry to hear that you have.

                        1. re: ali76girl

                          My comments were directed at Sango, not Koi. Just ate at Koi on Saturday, and it was excellent, as always. Rice is the perfect consistency and held together just fine. Fish was fresh, and service excellent - and this was sushi ordered at the table, as I was dining with non-sushi eaters.

                          1. re: CynD

                            Oh thank heaven. I was wondering....it would have been the first negative I had ever read. I've had Sango as well and am not impressed. But my friends liked to go b/c they are not so expensive and they always use a coupon. I know, I know, but what can you do when it's a huge group )usually over 15 people at the least).

                    2. I recently noticed Haru Haru Sushi in the mini-strip mall at 2nd and PCH.
                      Has anyone been there?

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                      1. re: SRosie

                        They are pretty good. I've been a couple of times with my sweetie, and we both liked it.

                      2. great list! since I'll be coming in from out of town... I might try koi... either tonight or tomorrow night... I can't wait!

                        1. Thought I'd mention Sushi West, on Atlantic and Carson, the same parking lot as Trader Joe's. Cash only.

                          Good sushi, really good gyoza, but stay away from the chicken teriyaki. Try to avoid going there during the day--it's usually packed at lunch time, and impossible to find a parking spot!

                          1. Koi is the best. There can be no doubt. I concur with the estimate of Niko Niko, as well.

                            But I was surprised that you did not mention Japengo, also on 2nd Street. It's Korean-owned, and has some of the typical Korean traits. For instance, they go a little crazy with the Ponzu sauce, but I just ask them to leave it off.

                            Four out of five visits, the fish is pretty good, there. But it is a little inconsistent ... I have had one bad experience, and several so-so ones. I keep going back, though, because the odds are in my favor, and it is close by and relatively inexpensive, especially during happy hour.

                            Japengo is clearly superior to Sushi Saurus, at least.

                            Japengo
                            5325 E 2nd St
                            Long Beach, CA 90803
                            (562) 433-0221