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Sushi grade fish in West LA?

GJWhite Feb 15, 2009 09:01 AM

Been hankering for sushi the past few weeks but it can be so expensive week after week (outside of Hara sushi that is)--was wondering if there were any fish markets, Asian or otherwise, that sell sushi grade fish around West LA...

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    bophisto RE: GJWhite Feb 15, 2009 09:57 AM

    You might want to check out this place on Sawtelle called Safe and Save Market..it's next to Hide Sushi on Sawtelle.



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      Ben7643 RE: bophisto Feb 15, 2009 03:00 PM

      Safe and Save sometimes has amazing fish i'll second this rec :)

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        wilafur RE: bophisto Feb 17, 2009 09:44 AM

        agreed on safe n save.

      2. Bob Brooks RE: GJWhite Feb 15, 2009 01:45 PM

        Mitsuwa at Venice and Centinela has a modest selection.

        1. Das Ubergeek RE: GJWhite Feb 15, 2009 02:16 PM

          Santa Monica Seafood on Broadway and 12th; Safe and Save, Nijiya, Granada and Mitsuwa, all on Sawtelle; Bristol Farms in Westwood.

          C'est tout.

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            jaykayen RE: GJWhite Feb 15, 2009 03:28 PM

            I heard Vicente foods gets their stuff from SM Seafood.

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              lizziee RE: jaykayen Feb 15, 2009 03:38 PM

              Granada on Sawtelle has the best sushi grade fish - it isn't cheap, but it is by far the best.

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                delishdonna RE: lizziee Feb 15, 2009 05:17 PM

                I second Granada for sushi grade fish. Safe and Save also has pre cut sashimi in their cold case. I've had it several times and it's decent. The price is much lower than Granada.

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                  Ben7643 RE: delishdonna Feb 15, 2009 07:53 PM

                  Oh maybe it was Granada i just remember they had a fish case in the back with a giant deep bright red giant tuna in it and i thought to myself WOW that is a great piece of fish

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                    miyamoto_musashi RE: Ben7643 May 4, 2009 08:08 PM

                    I third Granada for sushi grade fish. LA Times article called them freshest fish on the west side. They got Kobe Beef there as well. Store is known to be frequented by many Japanese celebrities for their high grade meats and fish. Dodger pitcher Kuroda seen there often.

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                    aliris RE: delishdonna Feb 15, 2009 11:02 PM

                    The nice guy at Safe and Save (I never knew their name before!) will cut up anything in his case for you on request if he's not busy.

                    I third (more?) this place.

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                      miyamoto_musashi RE: delishdonna May 4, 2009 08:11 PM

                      Mitsuwa, Granada, Safe n Save all located on Sawtelle Blvd.. nice selection for everyone on Sawtelle.

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                        bulavinaka RE: miyamoto_musashi May 4, 2009 08:19 PM

                        You're probably referring to Nijiya on Sawtelle instead of Mitsuwa...

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                          Das Ubergeek RE: bulavinaka May 4, 2009 08:57 PM

                          Mitsuwa is further south, but it's still on Sawtelle.

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                            Jase RE: Das Ubergeek May 4, 2009 09:04 PM

                            Actually it's on Centinela. Just north of Marisco Chente

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                              Das Ubergeek RE: Jase May 5, 2009 05:54 AM

                              Good catch. Bah. Worth the trip, though, over Nijiya.

                2. kushnerom RE: GJWhite Feb 16, 2009 10:05 AM

                  This may sound strange, but other than the already mentioned Mitsuwa, Marukai, etc.... I get my wild ahi tuna from my neighborhood Costco in Marina del Rey... It's usually very fresh and great for making poké. However, it does come in a large slab so it may not be appropriate for sashimi, but it's great to chop for minced tuna dishes, poké, or sushi rolls.

                  Everything Open 24 Hours!

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                    Cinnamon RE: kushnerom May 5, 2009 07:36 AM

                    With Costco portions, am envisioning 'entire tuna in vacpac'

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                      bulavinaka RE: Cinnamon May 5, 2009 10:57 PM

                      Boat and crew included...

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                    Ben7643 RE: GJWhite Feb 16, 2009 03:58 PM

                    I swung by Safe and Save and Granada today looking for a good chunk of tuna. All of the fish at Safe and Save was FAR superior to the fish at Granada, night and day. I got an amazing piece of tuna i'll be eating in an hour or two :)

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                      delishdonna RE: Ben7643 Feb 17, 2009 02:05 PM

                      That's good to know. I shop at Save and Save much more often than Granada , but people have said the fish is better at Granada. I have always loved the fish at Safe and Save. The guys behind the counter are so nice. The will do anything you want. Enjoy your tuna. How are you preparing it?

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                        Ben7643 RE: delishdonna Feb 17, 2009 03:06 PM

                        Unless i'm missing something at granada the fish there is a much lower quality then the fish at safe and save. For my tuna :), i'm going to just make a simple meal Haiga Rice, Shishito Peppers, Baby Artichokes and a big chunk of tuna grilled which has been marinating in sudachi juice, and lemon juice with red pepper flakes and a little soy sauce for a few hours.

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                          delishdonna RE: Ben7643 Feb 17, 2009 03:13 PM

                          Sounds great ! Let us know how it was.

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                            Gregory500 RE: delishdonna Mar 1, 2009 03:26 PM

                            The store that is in Little Tokyo where Mistsuwa use to be, do they sell sushi grade fish?

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