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good, but barebones sushi in los feliz/silverlake?

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  • chefjohnny Feb 4, 2002 11:31 PM

I just want fresh fish, maybe takeout, but definitely not pricey. I don't need attitude, or a scene, just a good recommendation on the above. Any help?

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  1. funny, but i posted this exact same request/ message on this board a few wks ago. overwhelmingly, people recommended Saito at sunset n fountain in silverlake. so, of course, we went. we really liked it a lot. no scene at all. very small, very friendly, excellent, fresh sushi. it was not cheap, but it was a good value for the quality (i'm very wary of "cheap" sushi). i'm sorry, but i can't remember exactly how many pcs of sushi we had (we had toro - 2 orders, maguro, uni, salmon skin roll, yellowtail, scallop, unagi, at least) and i think we had 2 kirin ichiban and some tea. the bill came to under $100 for 2 people (i think it was closer to $85, not including a tip, but we were generous with the tip). we will definitely be going back and i'm grateful to the people on this board for recommending it.

    i don't know the exact address, but it is not hard to find. it's in a strip mall, but it's on the corner, easy to spot.

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    1. re: fat kitty

      Corner of Fountain and Sunset Blvd.

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        Tom Armitage

        Glad you liked Saito's Sushi. You described it perfectly. Next time ask Saito for his broiled black cod. His ankimo is some of the best in town. Sometimes he has orange roughy in an escabeche-like preparation with sweetened vinegar and onions. Yum! I agree that it's good value, although not "cheap" in the sense of under $50 for two (unless you eat very, very sparingly). It's a great place. See you there sometime.

        Saito's Sushi
        4339 Sunset Blvd. (in a minimall)
        323-663-8890

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        michael (mea culpa)

        I just want fresh fish, maybe takeout, but definitely not pricey.>>
        If you get a sushi jones going on and it's late, you can go to the Mayfair Market at Franklin & Bronson and get passable sushi to go. Not cheap, but satisfies a craving.

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        1. re: michael (mea culpa)

          i have to issue a word of warning about sushi from the supermarket (or at least tell a personal tale). i used to get take out sushi from ralphs in santa monica for lunch on a regular basis. i would always get a vegetable roll if i wanted something light. i never wanted to risk eating raw fish from the supermarket (though i do eat sushi in restaurants). well, after eating the vegetable roll sushi for lunch one day (a friday), i got a terrible case of food poinsoning that put me in the hospital for the whole weekend, hooked up to an i.v. worst weekend of my life.

          i couldn't figure out how i got sick from what i had eaten, since i had been careful to avoid the fish. then, 2 people told me the same thing (one of them was a doctor, the other a chef) -- old rice can be very dangerous. apparently, it ferments easily n allows bacteria to grow very easily if not kept at the right temperature or if kept for too long. so, that is probably what caused my illness. the other possibility is that there was maybe some cross contamination with fish that was prepared by the same sushi chef. who knows? there was absolutely nothing else that i ate that day that was in the least bit questionable.

          anyway, as tempting as it might be, i can promise you that i will never again eat sushi from a supermarket (even though i had done so many times before), even an "upscale" one such as mayfair. i have also gotten food poisoning from shrimp, but i have had no problem eating shrimp again. for some reason, the packaged stuff scares me more.

        2. For really basic stuff, try Noshi Sushi on Beverly, 2 blocks east of Western, about 15 minutes from Silverlake. Large portions & low prices. Quality is decent for the price you pay. Two can dine for about $30. No atmosphere, cash only.

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            Vanessa On The Town

            Sushi Ike at the corner of Hollywood and Gower. Ike has really good quality fish, served in a traditional manor. No fancy rolls or special ordering, but if you want really good fish and traditional Japanese seasonal specials it's great. You can order sushi-to-go. If you eat there, it's a very small space in a corner mini-mall across Gower from Pep Boys. Prices are not cheap, but not over-priced for what you get. (2 people, lots of sushi, beer & sake, around $80-100) A lot of neighborhood regulars frequent this place and try to keep it low-key.

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            1. re: Vanessa On The Town

              is it open for lunch and same prices at lunch or cheaper? any info would help. also, can you describe some of the specialities you had there? thanks.

              1. re: kevin
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                Vanessa On The Town

                He is open for lunch and his prices are supposed to be less at lunch time, but I've never been for lunch. You might want to call and verify, because I haven't been by in a little while. Ike always let's you know what the good fish is that day, if you ask him. I've had some amazing baby squid (I think it was grilled, sliced and served in an eel style sweet sauce), those really little snails that you pull out with a toothpick, fresh spanish mackerel, and great quality uni. His spicy tuna handrolls are exceptional, because he uses whole pieces of tuna and no mayo, so you can really taste the tuna. It's always really flavorful. If you order octopus, he grills it slightly and serves it with a thin slice of lemon. It's so good, almost a steak flavor. It's best just to see what he has for the day.

                1. re: Vanessa On The Town

                  "spicy tuna handrolls". that's blashphemy.

                  1. re: kevin
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                    Vanessa On The Town

                    I'm not sure what you mean by "blasphemy." Whether it's because you're a purist, who only eats sashimi, or what? But I tell you, his spicy tuna handrolls are great, and that's because he does not grind up the tuna and mask the flavor with mayo. He doesn't make any other of the fancy Americanized style rolls. He does make scallop and also salmon skin handrolls. Anyway, if you go, you can judge for yourself.

                    1. re: Vanessa On The Town

                      i'm a traditionalist. i like the freshness of the fish to sing unadorned. that's what makes sushi so great, not jazzied up with spicy seasoning crap (the only spiceness that should be there is a dab of wasabi between the fish and the warmed up, slightly sweet rice). crab hanrolls are where the line is drawn for me. given that it is merely sweet crab and rice rolled up in nori and not gussied up with flying fish roe, or avocado, cucumber, asparagus, etc. you get the picture.

                      1. re: kevin

                        You must be talking about the Best which is Nozawa in Studio City.

                        1. re: russkar

                          if i'm thinking think of pure crab handrolls yes it is Sushi Nozawa, but another place comes in a close second for those giant cigar size handrolls which is Sushi Sasabune kind of an offshoot of Nozawa (a tad more expensive than Nozawa and more fish variety). Nozawa as i've said before is tops hands down for when I want sushi without all the fancy trappings or fusion styles. just excellent, great, fresh tasting sushi. kind of like sushi as comfort food.

                          1. re: kevin

                            I've been to Sasebune many times. But Nozawa is the answer.