Santa Monica Sushi
I just moved to Santa Monica (near Montana and 1st) and am trying to find some good nearby sushi places. I know Sushi Roku and Sasabune well but am hoping to find a cheap (but good) option that I can walk to. Any ideas?
echigo (sm blvd) is nearby, but not within walking distance. it's cheap (40-50$ for omakase) and good. warm rice along the lines of sasabune and zo. i don't know of any that are within walking distance, cheap, and good.
Don't know if this is walking distance for you, but Sushi King fits the bill for cheap and decent.
1330 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
First, the vitriol:
Sushi Roku is hideous, a blight on the sushi scene of our fair city.
Echigo? More like Echi-Don't-Go.
OK, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I recommend these places (many of these establishments may not be easily walk-accessible, like most of the westside):
The Hump (SM Airport): Top-Notch food, service, and an excellent, relaxed vibe. Expensive, but hey, someone's gotta pay those pilots to ferry that stuff fresh from Tsukiji Market on a regular basis!
Sushi King (on Wilshire): Reliable and tasty. Wait can be a bit long for a table. Try their drunken pear dessert. Not as expensive as The Hump (thank goodness).
Sasabune (on Wilshire): I'm not a big fan of warm, loosely packed rice for my sushi, but the fish quality is rather good there.
Mori Sushi (on Pico): Great uni, excellent quality, but you do pay for it.
Takao Sushi (on San Vicente, in Brentwood): Yum. Again, a bit expensive (seeing a pattern on the westside here?).
Finally, get in that car and drive to Sawtelle Blvd. for Yuzando, Bar Hayama, Place Yuu, Kiriko.
JL whatever personal issue you have with Sushi Roku (I think you hate both SM and Pasadena as I can see from past posts), it's not a blight. That's your personal opinion and you're certainly entitled to it. For the two years I worked in Santa Monica, I enjoyed going to Roku. Great service and very good sushi. It's not the best sushi in SM (I love Sasabune) but it's certainly not the worst.
I strongly agree with the Echigo suggestion. The stuffed squid and the blue crab rolls are fantastic. The decor is not inspiring, but I am so transported by the sushi that I often have to close my eyes to focus on the flavor anyway!