places worthwhile for omakase in East LA?
- kelvlam Oct 2, 2008 02:42 PM
Ok ok ok, I knew and heard all about Urasawa in BevHill, Sushi Gen, Sushi Zo in Little Tokyo, or Sushi Mori . But I want to know fellow hounder's opinion on places that's NOT West LA. And not OC either (such as Tustin's Sushi Wasabi)
What I refer as East LA: City Of Industry, Rowland Heights, Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, etc, places that's on the EAST of 605 Fwy.
As a reference, I already looked at the "best omakase experience?" thread already.
What would be your pick? And the name of the sushi chef that you'll recommend also please :-)
I've added link to the 4 Japanese restaurant that I've heard of and been mentioned by other. I had Jubei (it's only 10mins drive away from my home!) for my birthday dinner and been missing it ever since...
868 N Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Jubei Japanese Cuisine
20627 Golden Springs Dr # 2K, Walnut, CA
17855 Colima Rd, City of Industry, CA 91748
14230 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA
I was taken there yesterday, and the itamae (Hisako-san? Can't remember for sure) said she doesn't do omakase. I wondered if perhaps it's because I was a first-timer, but no one else was doing omakase either, including the regulars sitting next to me.
Freshness was generally good. Uni was very good. Amaebi were already dead, but still passable I guess. Ankimo appetizer had a weird canned tuna-like flavor to it that was off-putting. Pacing was uneven, with one or two times where four pieces would appear in front of me faster than I could eat them, but it's kinda understandable with one itamae serving an entire restaurant, counter and tables. Portions are huge, which I didn't like; I'm not a fan of two-bite nigiri / gunkan-maki and rolls the diameter of my fist (if I were to order rolls) - too much rice, and a bit unwieldy to eat with chopsticks (I prefer not using my hands).
Price was fair for what you get. I had the nigiri sampler or whatever it's called (which also included a big plate of shishito tempura, edamame, shrimp head soup, and mochi ice cream dessert) and it was $35 plus tax/tip. Not in the same league as Shibucho's $35 table omakase, but decent. I wouldn't be surprised if Akasaka is the best option in the area. But since the drive to Shibucho isn't any worse for me, there's no reason for me to return unless I'm already in the area.
Yeah, I don't blame her one bit for doing things the way she does them - it appears to be what the clientele (primarily Chinese and Caucasian from what I could tell) wants. The quality of the fish is definitely better than one would expect from a tiny restaurant hidden in the middle of nowhere in Hacienda Heights. And I know plenty of people who would be totally okay with the generous portions there, it's just my personal preference and not necessarily something bad.
Jubei is good. the itame is a little short, but he always has good stuff (live uni, etc.). Sit at the sushi bar is a must
Restaurant Kamon on Colima is our standard sushi bar. Reminds me of Sushi Gen, but with nicer people. Always fresh and good. Sit at the bar if possible. They are open 7 days a week.
Hayakawa is best for non-sushi stuff. Their sushi is good but it is his other stuff that shines. It is Nobu with out the Nobu prices (about 1/3 less) ( He used to work there). Better to sit at a table. Also the itame does everything so may be a little slow especially at the sushi bar.
Also Sushi Koyo off the 57 is really good. Traditional sushi (no California rolls), but he is really nice and the sushi is great.
Adding the links to the suggested places.
I agree, I tried Sushi Koyo, and Hiro san is really nice!!! Even though the meal isn't a blast from heaven per se, but for $75 it's a good deal :-)
With so many suggestions pointing to Hayakawa ... I think that'll be my next MUST visit spot.
14926 Clark Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
750 Terrado Plz Ste 33, Covina, CA 91723