Best Sushi in Santa Monica???
Hi, I'm going to be heading out to SM this week and I want sushi. Please help~!
Let me explain what I don't want:
-No secret sauce
-No 50% off specials
-No chinese or koreans pretending to be japanese
What I do want:
Something similar to Zo's or Nozawa's would do just fine.
In that case you need to move out of SM and go slightly into that portion of LA that verges onto it's Eastern border and go to Mori Sushi, which is at the very tip of the Y island / intersection of Gateway Blvd. (Ocean Park Blvd. while in Santa Monica) and Pico Blvd. - just west of the 405 Frwy.
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
All you had to say in your second paragraph, lamebrain, is that you wanted purist sushi.
The Hump serves rolls but virtually no one there orders them. Many items on offer are flown in from fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. I've had many a great omakase meals there.
Value? I suppose $150 alone for a fresh hairy crab from Hokkaido is not many people's idea of value, but beats a round trip ticket to Sapporo to try it otherwise...
Santa Monica Airport
3221 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica, CA 90405
If you like the real traditional stuff, I recommend trying Echigo on Santa Monica Blvd. It's a no-nonsense place and their chefs have come from some of the most highly regarded restaurants in LA. Omakase is best there, and don't count on any frills like fancy rolls or edamame (although their softshell crab hand roll is really tasty). They have a good 6 pc lunch for around 12 bucks.
The only time we ate at Shibucho we left hungry because he abandoned us and had someone bring a bill (stopped at Tommys after the concert). Others have complained about other customers being treated as favorites while they were ignored and some complaints too about a high bill for ???? ie no itemization. I just thought the guy was rude and clueless.
WLA has good sushi - close to SM so I'd opt for that
Kiriko on Sawtelle (Bar Hayama has decent sushi - amazing sake selection as well)
Sasabuni on Wilshire
Echigo is good as is Mori Sushi. Not been to the Hump in aeons. very good too.
Hide on Sawtelle is good and reasonable - I'd opt for Kiriko though if you're that part of town