I am planning a first trip to LA towards the fall and I love sushi. I am looking for some great sushi restaurants that have particularly unique and creative specialty rolls or something different from the average sushi restaurant. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Well, I personally don't think you shouldn't limit yourself to "creative" places, as this can surely disappoint. L.A. is definitely the sushi capital of the U.S., so if you must try "creative", go to the guy who popularized it, Nobu Matsuhisa. He has 3 restaurants in the LA area. His original is Matsuhisa on La Cienega. He has another one down the street called Nobu and another one in Malibu. The food is basically the same in all 3 places, basically the only thing that is different is the decor. If you go, you should get the omakase menu.
If you want good old fashioned sushi, try Sushi Nozawa. And if you want extravagant try Urasawa in Beverly Hills.
My favorite sushi is at Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo. However, it looks like you are looking for more of a fusion place that add avocado, jalapeno, and sauces to their fish. For that kind I like Matsuhisa, Nobu, and Katsuya.
422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
I'm not sure where you'll be when in LA but if you venture to the Valley, we like Teru Sushi on Ventura Blvd in Studio City. People also rave about the original Katsu-ya also on Ventura Blvd but I didn't like it as much as Teru. The best that I've had so far is Geisha House in Hollywood. VERY good sushi, great atmosphere, great service...I highly recommend it.