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Jul 28, 2009 10:00 PM

Where to get a variety of fresh sushi fish ?

Now that Mitsuwa Marketplace in Little Tokyo is closed I feel adrift in the world of making my own sushi. Yes, I know the Nijya Markets are okay and the Korean places on Western do their thing (although they seem more geared conceptually to Korean sushi, obviously, than the Japanese take.) Is there anywhere between say, downtown LA and the beach to get a variety of fresh, Japanese sushi fish? Mitsuwa, R.I.P.!

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  1. Granada Market on Sawtelle.
    Nijiya Market on Sawtelle.

    1. IMP if you're confident with your knife skills on whole fish. In west LA there is Granada Market as well as Mitsuwa in Venice and Nijiya in Little Tokyo and on Sawtelle.

      Nijiya Market
      124 Japanese Village Plz Mall, Los Angeles, CA

      International Marine Products
      500 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA

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        Cafe Circa
        464 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

        1. IMO once it's wrapped in cellophane, it's hit and miss, and I have had both good and bad fish at most of these markets. I would rather go somewhere where I can smell everything first. Whole Foods is usually best in my experience.

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          1. re: cls

            I've stopped buying any seafood at any Whole Foods. Too many awful cuts at various locations.
            Stick to the ones on Sawtelle. Or go to the Fish Market downtown.

            1. re: epop

              The smell test will eliminate the bad cuts. The problem with most Japanese and Korean markets is the pre-wrapped fish eliminating that as a possibility.

              1. re: cls

                You can always ask to have fresh-cut at the Japanese markets. They may not have any left to do.

                Also, at Marukai the plastic is so thin that you can absolutely smell through it.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Agreed about Safe & Save Market for great prices, and great quality fish. I'm not so sure they have a very wide variety, though. They usually seem to have just a few choices.

              565 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                big fan of save and save. nijiya down the street has very good prepackaged uni, toro/fatty tuna and hamachi.