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Hokusai - kickin' sushi!

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Adsvino Nov 6, 2008 06:29 AM

Hit Hokusai for the first time last nite. Sat at the bar in front of their sushi master, one of the best I have come across in LA. Fish cut long, thin and floppy, just enough for a good size bite. Perfect fish to rice ratio. Nice staff, sake good, quarter and half bottles available. Uni spectacular. Tried a few of the cooked dishes, which were fine, esp. the eggplant with miso. Rolls excellent.

There are restaurants like Mori, Zo, Urasawa that you go for the best sushi experience. And then there are restaurants you go for a great dining experience, with ambiance (I am huge on that), service and mood. Hokusai is at the top of that category.

Space is very stylish and lovely, will be back soon.

Hokusai
8400 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211View Map
(323) 782-9717
http://www.hokusairestaurant.com/

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  1. ipsedixit Nov 6, 2008 10:45 AM

    Good to hear it's still going strong.

    I generally enjoyed my one visit there last year. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/381052

    1. J.L. Nov 6, 2008 11:00 AM

      A nice Asian fusion place. Bar scene is good at times, too.

      1. suicidemartini Nov 6, 2008 04:03 PM

        now I'm starting to get annoyed, I've posted twice on this thing and its clearly being deleted. I wish I knew why. So he's the jist

        Hokusai is mediocre. I got a free dinner there (not a good sign to being with). The location is bad is you're coming by car and the food is nothing special. Best I can tell you're paying for the decor, which aint anything special. Service was adequate. No interest in going back. I'd be more elaborate but this will probably be deleted soon too.

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        1. re: suicidemartini
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          Adsvino Nov 6, 2008 04:29 PM

          disagree. I think the location is great--how is beverly hills a bad location?

          How did you get a free dinner--in the mail?

          1. re: Adsvino
            suicidemartini Nov 6, 2008 05:16 PM

            that little pocket is awful for parking. there's absolutely no street parking. the night we went, the valet was "full" but the joint was half-empty, so we had to park in a garage open for the theatre for well over 10 bucks. its the same reason the location up the street, where Cobra Lilly was, can't stay open. That was frusterating, so that certainly colored the evening.

            I think it was sent to my work. Restaurant frequently send them to the entertainment industry trying to snag that business.

          2. re: suicidemartini
            trojans Nov 6, 2008 04:56 PM

            I've been several times and have also had mediocre meals. The manager I think his name is Rocky gave us a discount after complaining about the fishiness of the fish. Seriously toro should not have a strong flavor to it.

            1. re: suicidemartini
              The Chowhound Team Nov 6, 2008 05:50 PM

              suicidemartini, check your registered email -- we've contacted you about the removal of your post.

              1. re: The Chowhound Team
                suicidemartini Nov 6, 2008 10:15 PM

                i just saw it and I feel silly, totally understand.

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