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anyone eaten at sushi corner (overland/palms area)??

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tastycakes Jan 7, 2010 09:17 PM

a friend wants to take me this weekend but i can't find a single review

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    jadekarrde Jan 24, 2011 09:05 PM

    I presume this is about Sushi Central on the corner of Overland and Palms.

    The one time I've been there when Phil, the owner, was there, it was spectacular, fresh, wonderful fish, and a great experience. The ankimo was especially awesome, and when he found out I was a fan he offered to prepare it several ways. Also had really good Ono, Live shrimp (the one where you get the deep fried head, and a shooter of the liver, I think) and love the albacore, I liked the rolls quite a lot, but my work companions went nuts for the eel and avacado roll. They also have a Natto roll was a pretty good odd side dish one day, not as overwhelming as when a japanese ex used to make me eat natto and rice, I think I like it better as sushi. The only thing I've had I didn't like was abalone, but I'd never had it before or since, so I don't really have a frame of reference.

    There is one big downside to going though, the food is delicious and satisfying, but the service is utterly abysmal; slow, inattentive and almost rude almost all of the times we went. The only other time we had pretty good service was when there was only the sushi chef in house, no waitress. so he was scrambling to do everything, ring up orders, take orders, make orders. Good thing there was only us and two other customers. That time we didn't mind the wait, and our food came faster than when the waitress is there anyway.

    They do quite a lot of take out, which I've done some too. Quite good I thought, and I could see why people would order take out since the in house service is so negligent.

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    Sushi Central
    3500 Overland Ave Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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    1. re: jadekarrde
      Baron Jan 25, 2011 08:50 AM

      When were you there? Maybe the place changed hands. The Sushi Central I went to a couple of weeks ago was THE WORST. If you like bad food, service and ambiance, this place is it!

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      Sushi Central
      3500 Overland Ave Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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      nachosaurus Jan 10, 2010 12:23 PM

      went about two years ago when it first opened and thought it was good. nothing special. what made it nice, however, was that the owners who lived locally were in there setting up and so excited about their new business. i haven't been back (parking lot is a nightmare!) - but am always pleasantly surprised and happy to see it still open. they must be doing something right.

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        PandanExpress Jan 8, 2010 04:45 PM

        I went once and it was decent. Sat at the bar, but ordered chirashi and a nigiri of the chef's choosing because I had limited time and could not commit to omakase. Chirashi was decent with fresh fish but not anything spectacular. The serving was smaller than what I expected. I *really* liked the nigiri he made though, which I think was Hawaiian ono which the chef claims was fedex-ed over every day. Very light, buttery, and rich. It was so good, I ordered another helping of it.

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        1. re: PandanExpress
          Servorg Jan 8, 2010 04:49 PM

          Are you talking about Niko Niko Sushi? http://www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com... because I'm still not quite sure of which place is under discussion in this thread.

          1. re: Servorg
            westsidegal Jan 9, 2010 08:49 AM

            niko niko is located west of hiko

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              Servorg Jan 9, 2010 09:36 AM

              "niko niko is located west of hiko"

              No. Niko Niko is *east* of Hiko. Take a look at google maps if you don't believe me.

              I just couldn't determine (still can't even as I type this reply to you) which sushi bar PandanExpress was referring to in their post as it was directed at the OP and didn't have a name or location specified (and especially confusing as the OP didn't have the name or correct location of the place they inquiring about in their original post).

              I am well acquainted with Hiko's location because of my many (way, way, way too many) trips to Primos over the years and Niko Niko took over for a place we used to go to all the time (Nick's?) as my wife liked one of their entrees. We did try Niko Niko once and never went back, so that probably says something about their sushi quality... ;-D>

              1. re: Servorg
                westsidegal Jan 9, 2010 11:57 AM

                oops!
                you are absolutely correct.
                my bad.
                (i also went to niko niko once, and will never go back.)

              2. re: westsidegal
                Akitist Jan 9, 2010 10:11 AM

                "niko niko is located west of hiko" Oughta be on Pico

                1. re: Akitist
                  Servorg Jan 9, 2010 10:50 AM

                  And really, Niko Niko is east of Hiko (Niko Niko http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS346&=&q=10839+National+Blvd.+90064&aq=f&oq=&aqi= is on the NW corner of Westwood Blvd. and National while Hiko http://www.google.com/search?source=i... is just west of the 405 freeway and just east of Sawtelle on the north side of National Blvd.).

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                    Harry Nile Jan 9, 2010 12:20 PM

                    niko niko is
                    west of hiko (mention spring)
                    should be on pico

                    The first committee-written haiku on a food board in 2010!

            2. Servorg Jan 8, 2010 05:43 AM

              If you are speaking of "Sushi Central" (the place right on the corner of Palms and Overland) I can't recall ever seeing a review of it here on the LA board. Please post if you do go (and this is the place you are referring to?).

              http://www.sushi-central.net/Restaura...

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                wineboy62 Jan 8, 2010 10:19 AM

                While I haven't been to the one at Overland and Palms, HIKO SUSHI at National and Sawtelle is very, very good and well worth the trip. They won't do traditional rolls, etc, but the sushi is very fresh and i have never had a bad meal there.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/388415

                1. re: wineboy62
                  wilafur Jan 8, 2010 10:49 AM

                  hiko is decent but i was dismayed to find a lot of their sushi is pre-sliced.

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                    westsidegal Jan 8, 2010 12:01 PM

                    imho, pre-sliced means that it is NOT 'very, very, good."
                    thanks for the warning.

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                      Harry Nile Jan 8, 2010 12:15 PM

                      Nor is the sushi "fresh." If they follow FDA regulations, the fish are hard-frozen to kill parasites. (See NY Times story referenced at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/668898 .)

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                  tastycakes Jan 9, 2010 07:42 AM

                  yes, that's the place, i had the name wrong. will do!

                  1. re: Servorg
                    Baron Jan 7, 2011 05:52 PM

                    I feel obligated to share my experience. Always looking for a new sushi place, I thought I'd give Sushi Central a try (corner of Overland and Palms) I have nothing good to say about this place. In fact, we walked out. First, no sake?? A sushi bar that doesn't serve sake? then lousy miso soup and poor sunimono, terrible uncomfortable ambiance - long wait for an order of sushi. Sayonara!

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                    Sushi Central
                    3500 Overland Ave Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                    1. re: Baron
                      Azizeh Jan 8, 2011 12:41 AM

                      Have to agree. I used to get massages at the place upstairs and stopped in for take-out afterwards. I remember they weren't welcoming at all. Despite being the only one in the place, I felt like I was inconveniencing them. Very uncomfortable. The corner of the room was piled high with baby stuff. The owner was either pregnant or with a newborn at the time, I recall. Not exactly good ambiance.

                      I got my food home and threw half of it away. I wish I could remember the particulars, but it just wasn't worth eating. I'm not exactly a sushi snob, but if it doesn't taste fresh and have good flavor, I'm not eating it. I later saw it on Throwdown with Bobbly Flay and had to double check that it was the same place I had gone to with barely edible food.

                  2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 7, 2010 09:55 PM

                    is this the place?
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/74921

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