Second Saito rave
Having found ourselves chowpup-less but exhausted and reservation-less on the Friday following Valentine's, me and de spouse went to Saito's again. Parking lot has gotten even funkier.
There was one other party in the place for most of dinner. What this meant is that we had the attention of a fairly brilliant chef for approximately half the time over roughly an hour.
Had the "toro and pickles" roll again. Were in a fairly curious mood, so did lots of "Whatever that was you just served THEM, what was it and we'll take one".
Had SARDINE sushi, among other things. Passed on the abalone which the other party was having, but had the best Hoki claim I've ever had, and the best urchin, bar none...
My hope is that the neighborhood scares off enough people so that the place doesn't get ruined by everyone flooding there from the Westside, but that the Chowhounds give Saito just enough business to get him to move to a less funky part of Sunset...
(I was eating breakfast the Saturday following that fateful day lo those many years ago when Los Angeles Magazine opined that Millie's, which then seated about ten, had one of the best breakfasts in town; I remember the side I heard of the incessant telephone calls: "East of La Cienega, yeah, we are! NO, MORE than five blocks, PAST Fairfax!" "Parking is on the street. Valet? No, and don't offer your car to anyone who says we do!")
i hv to say that i couldn't agree more about saito's. it is one of my favorite places in the entire city to eat. i am starting to dream about it. i was never a big lover of sushi before, i liked it but always found it a little disappointing. but now i know that it was the quality that was disappointing, not the concept and saito's has rescued me.
it is only thanks to discovering this website n message board that i found saito's, which had been right under my nose all along! i am happy to patronize it as often as my wallet will allow, to do my part to keep it going and now i will subscribe to chownews, too, for fear that i am missing out on other great stuff.
A 30 second search at yellow.com yields this:
4339 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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re: Jim Leff
Saito's isn't just my favorite neighborhood sushi bar, it's one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. It's a small chef owned and operated restaurant where each dish is prepared with love and care from fresh quality ingredients. It also barely stays afloat. Saito has told me more than once that he may be forced to close.
Likewise, Chowhound is a wonderful if virtual culinary institution that verges on bankruptcy. ChowNews represents Chowhound's last best hope for survival. I can attest first hand how much time and effort Jim and all the editors put it in to make ChowNews great. They do this not for money or for glory or for any other reason than for love of this website. ChowNews is a terrific resource, a terrific value, and a terrific way to support Chowhound.