Another SUSHI question
We ALWAYS go to sushi shibicho in costa mesa since I was young. The problem is, it's too far!! Especially since the family might have to drive 3 seperate cars. Just wanted to ask everyone where you would take your family for the best sushi in LA? Dad is visiting from japan. No rolls, want fresh wasabi. Authentic! Thanks!!
While I respect Shibutani-san and still enjoy a meal there from time-to-time, there are definitely better Sushi experiences than Shibucho (O.C.) (but he's not bad :). Since you're asking for "the best sushi in LA," if price is no object here are some choices:
(You can do a search and see many reviews on these places :)
1. Urasawa - Legendary Dining Experience. Note that it's more than just Sushi, but it has a Sushi-focused portion that's wonderful.
2. Sushi Zo
3. Mori Sushi
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Must politely chime in and disagree with Mori. The omakase at The Hump is superior.
Urasawa is Kappo-style sushi.
Japan obviously has far better sushi possibilities than L.A. - I suggest trying something that cannot easily be found in Japan.
For example, why not take Dad to Langer's for a kickbutt pastrami?
No worries, thanks for another vote for The Hump. Strangely it's one of the few Sushi restaurants on the Westside that I've never gotten around to eating at yet (which is why I didn't mention it). :) I'll have to try it soon.
Agreed that Japan has better Sushi; I was just answering the OP's request. :)
To yum: I think J.L. brings up an excellent point - if your Dad just wants a nice meal out in L.A., consider something he can't get back in Japan.
Yes be very careful at the Hump, first time there, dropped $500+ omakase for two. Basically all food other than a bottle of asahi. Gawwk, if I had known it was going to be that much would have just gone to Urasawa.
They seem to carry lots of bling sushi items, live sculpin, hairy crabs, whole flying fish sashimi, good place to take advantage of expense accounts of people you don't like!
Sushi Sushi on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills is very authentic. Not sure if they use fresh wasabi - they probably will if you ask in advance. My Japanese clients like Kiriko on Sawtelle - reserve the tatami table in the back and ask the chef to make you a special meal and to use real wasabi. Mori and Sushi Zo are also good. Mori definitely uses real wasabi. The Hump is sushi for gaijin. Urasawa if you can afford it.