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May 13, 2002 09:59 PM

Lunch at Echigo

  • j

Now that I have been to Nozawa, Sasabune and Hide I consider myself somewhat able to appreciate high quality extremely fresh fish from good or average fish. I have also tried Ankimo (Monkfish Liver) at each place. Today I tried the $10.00 lunch special at Echigo on Santa Monica Blvd. near Bundy across from the Smart & Final store. The sushi is Nigiri style with warm rice and room temperature fish. We were treated to Tuna, Yellowtail, Halibut, Mackerel, Salmon, and Crab Hand Roll. Everything including the rice was as good as I had experienced at Sasabune and Nozawa and worlds better than Hide. I added the Ankimo also. It was the best I have ever had. It was just pure, smooth and perfect. This is the best deal in town for Sushi by far. Maybe Monday is the day for ultra-fresh fish. I am going to be a regular.

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  1. Hear Hear! I have praised this place before, and in particular the lunch special (which is an amazing deal, so much so that I feel guilty). Dinner's terrifc, too.

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    1. re: Fidelixi

      Every piece is brought separately not just piled on one plate. There were only 2 of us there at 12:00 today. 2 more were arriving as we left. $10.00 for the special, $4.50 for the Ankimo, tax and $5.00 tip for $20.00.

      1. re: Just Larry

        Do you have the address and/or phone number by chance? Thanks!! Also.... do they do cooked dishes as well (thinkin about the kids.....)

        1. re: Alex

          12217 Snta Monica Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90025
          (310) 820-9787

    2. Stopped by Echigo today about 12.15 (we should have had our Hound recognition gear on) - really enjoyed the special although we had albacore, yellowtail, salmon with kelp, red snapper (least favorite) tuna and crab roll. More than enough even for SO who has a large Scandanavian type appetite in general and for fish in particular. The tea was just fragrant, the city view really pleasant and the good stereo sound of jazz in the background made for a really elegant lunch - oh and the fish was sooooooo fresh. We'll be back, glad that business is picking up. No probs parking either which is free.

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      1. re: Zoe

        As I was leaving 2 ladies were walking in. The waitress tried to seat them by the window but it was too hot and bright. Was that you? The guy that you probably passed on the stairs as you were arriving is also a contributor to this board, Gordon.

        The tea was good, wasn't it? You may be correct about the varieties of fish. I was so blissed out by the Ankimo that everything else is a blur.

        1. re: Just Larry

          That was us not wanting to be seated under the skylight - had a really nice city view from where we were sitting. Wish I'd had room for even a taste of something else but the six offerings were more than enough with several cups of tea. Nice, unobtrusive service too. Did you find some of the sauces too sweet or is that the way they are supposed to be? I was pleased to see people already there and there were four more couples by the time we left. Monday does seem to be a good day and that fish was sooooooo fresh.

          1. re: Zoe

            Sauce was a bit sweeter than usual but didn't hinder my ability to enjoy the fish. The Kelp on the Salmon was a nice touch. I found that I only dipped one piece of fish. Even the Crab Hand Roll didn't need dipping. Glad to hear that things picked up later for them. That is a difficult location.

      2. Do they have a sashimi lunch deal too? HOw about seared items ( a little more non traditional i guess). Thanks!!

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        1. re: Ellen D.

          Traditional Sushi and Sashimi only as the sign says, as you walk in the door. No specials on Sashimi. I went back again today (how long can this special last?). I agree with Zoe now. I would prefer less sauce next time.

        2. Larry, thanks for sharing this incredible find!

          I've just returned to my office from having lunch here today and I am still in a spell.

          It was all truly wonderful, probably the best overall quality I have ever had at any price. I, too, had the ankino and it was amazing.

          Sadly, I got there at noon and when I left at twelve thirty, I was still their only customer. They deserve a lot of business.

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          1. re: Bob Brooks

            We were going to go again today to make our second trip this week but wanted to find out whether the special was the same as Monday or there was something new. So Bob - what did you have? Glad you enjoyed it, I thought it was blissful.

            1. re: Zoe

              I had the same things you had, with the addition of the impossibly exquisite ankino.

              I don't think the menu changes from day to day, esp. considering the way they have the special "trial" menu taped to the door.

              I expect we'll be running into each other at some point. I can't wait to go back.