Minori downhill alert... Maybe late to the game here...
Minori was my go-to neighborhood sushi spot for about two years, and went last week for the first time in maybe 8 months. Inexcusably slow on a thursday night with not too many people, fish quality was fine but not outstanding, and the "whitefish carpaccio" was a bummer. Too thick, the fish was warm, the garlic was burnt. I know it's an affectation of a dish, but it used to be something my wife and I always ordered because we enjoyed it so much. The sushi chef, who I believe to be the owner, was oddly incommunicative and mumbly. Custom-ordered handroll was good (yellowtail, pickles, shiso leaf) but couldn't salvage the night. The check came in way higher than I expected, and definitely not worth it.
1170 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Wow, this is so wild that you wrote about this restaurant. We had been going here for years, and really loved it, but have not gone in a long time. Last Saturday, while on the westside, we thought about reliving the past and thought to give it a try again. We arrived a little after 8:00 and the bar was full. We waited about 20 minutes for 2 seats to open up. Once sat, we waited for about 10 more minutes and couldn't seem to find anyone willing to take a drink order. Finally, when the sushi chef asked are you ready to order, we said how about a large hot sake and large Sapporo. He barked out our order and a waitress finally brought it out. Then we ordered 2 salmon sushi orders. Our chef seems confused and went to Taka, the owner, and Taka says "we are out of rice!". At first, I thought he was kidding. I asked how long would it take to have rice and he said "30 minutes". We were flabbergasted!!!! A sushi bar with no rice...go figure. So we sadly stood up and left.