Sushi Tonight in West Hollywood
I am staying in West Hollywood tonight and want to go out for sushi. I'd love to able to walk or take only a short drive (I'm near La Cienega and Melrose). What are some goo suggestions?
Yabu and Koi are closest. Wa is closed Mondays. Jinpachi is not far. This is a strange week b/c of the 4th...so call before you go to make sure (tho' seems like Koi and Yabu NEVER close).
684 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood 310-659-4770 Hours: Mon.-Fri., noon-2:30 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 6-10:30 p.m. (from LAT)
very close to you, hiro-san is like a samurai, impeccable fish, serene space, can be pricey especially if you are doing omakase at the bar
129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310-659-9639 Hours: Mon.-Fri.,11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; daily, 5:45-10:15 p.m.
also very close, the original, we prefer to sit in the small side omakase room
can be pricey
reservations recommended at all these joints.
Hirozen, near La Cienega and Beverly, is usually open on Mondays.
Another option might be Fat Fish, just north of Melrose on Robertson. I generally go there only for happy hour, so have no idea how the regular sushi menu is.
You could even probably walk to both places.
I personally hate Fat Fish. Their sushi selection is tiny, and the emphasis is more on flashy rolls than quality (they have a steak roll).
There's a restaurant on the corner of Sunset and San Vicente (right next to Aahs) that I think is the best sushi in West Hollywood. Parking is on San Vicente. Make sure to sit at the counter for the full experience.
The restaurant off Santa Monica and Palms (I think? It's directly West of the car wash) by the eyeglass store is probably the second best. I believe this one is a bit less expensive than the above.
Hirozen is okay to me.
I'd make the drive over to Sushi Ike at Gower/Hollywood personally... not that far and worth it.
People seem to love the Sushi Ike, but we had a thoroughly underwhelming experience there. The quality of the fish was nothing special (so mediocre that I can barely remember what we had) and the restaurant itself was kind of gross. It seemed to suffer from a little too much hipster hype (lots of ironic belt buckles). Am I missing something here?
No, you're not missing anything. Ike serves decent sushi, and it's a bit less expensive than most places that serve decent--or better--sushi, so it draws a young crowd. The grilled octopus, as I've said before, is remarkable. But I'd usually rather spend a bit more and go elsewhere, where it isn't so crowded and noisy, and the fish is as good or better.