Happy Hour Sushi at Hirosuke in Encino
I know Hirosuke has some detractors on this board, but I have always enjoyed it for what it is – decent priced, tasty, non-traditional sushi. As someone who enjoys creative concoctions with mayonnaise, spicy sauce, etc., Hirosuke has been a reliable spot to get my fix of that type of sushi. Sure, the sushi is not Sushi Iki quality, but few other sushi places have fish as good. I also prefer Hirosuke to Katsu for creative rolls, simply because I think you can get rolls almost as good as Katsu's for a lot less. Thus, Hirosuke's has been my family’s neighborhood sushi spot for the past 10+ years.
Obviously, the economy is hurting a lot of restaurants and we have been noticing that Hirosuke has been less busy recently on weeknights. It looks like they have responded because, when we went the other night, we were given a special "Happy Hour" sushi menu with reduced prices for Mondays through Thursdays, between 5 and 6:30 p.m.
While not everything on the menu has a special price, this was not a happy hour in name only. There are a lot of low-priced options and they extend to some of Hirosuke's most popular sushi dishes. It turned out to be a definite bargain.
Sushi now includes options priced at $3.49 (baby tuna, Japanese mackerel, creamy crab, whitefish, egg, octopus, squid, and shrimp) and $3.99 (tuna, yellow tail, albacore, scallop, salmon eggs, salmon, sea eel, white tuna, and clam). Those prices are for two pieces of sushi. They also have special prices for sashimi: four pieces are $5.99 (for the $3.49 sushi fish) or eight pieces for $6.99 (for the $3.999 sushi fish). Eight pieces of sashimi are priced at $9.99 or $11.99.
Hand rolls or eight-piece cut rolls are $2.99 for salmon skin, cucumber or vegetable and $3.99 for California, spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail, tuna, spicy shrimp, and spicy scallop. They have happy hour prices on seven of their special rolls, which usually are $11.99 and up. For $7.99, they have spicy albacore, whitefish tempura, spicy eel, sunset, BSC, and crunchy rolls with spicy tuna or shrimp tempura.
You also can get three of the best baked green mussels in the city for $4.99, miso soup for $1.00, and various tempura appetizers for $4.99. Sake is $3.00 for a small and 5.00 for a large, with ice cream for $1.00 and mochi for $3.00 (for two pieces).
Four of us ate the other day. One person ordered udon off the regular dinner menu, while the other three people shared scallop and albacore sushi, a BSC roll, California roll, three spicy tuna hand rolls, one spicy yellowtail cut roll, and a baked green mussel. With three teas and a miso soup, the total was about $60 before tip.
17237 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
Wow, thanks for the heads up. I have wanted to try Hirosuke for awhile (because my cousin likes it and I would pretty much trust her). I think we tried to go once in the middle of the week and they were closed on an odd night like Tuesday or Wednesday. Do you know if you just have to arrive by 6:30 or do you have to order all the food by then?
re: Debbie W
They used to be closed on Wednesday, but are now open seven days. I don't know what happens if you haven't ordered by 6:30. We were at a table and ordered all at once. We actually may have ordered just after 6:30, since we probably arrived at about 6:20 pm. I'm not sure how that might be different at the sushi bar.