Best sushi (and sushi happy hour) in Studio City/Sherman Oaks?
I've lived in the valley for several years now, but I still I don't know how to navigate the sushi strip on Ventura. Which places are the best (without being too overpriced I hope)?
By the way, I'm not as elite a foodie as most of the people on this board, but I'm mostly sure that what I'm looking for is simple, real, quality sushi. As in, a generous, fresh, melt-in-your-mouth nigiri with a dab of wasabi underneath, not the largest possible array of seared, fried, tempura flaked, heavily sauced rolls with names that sound like drink specials.
Bonus question: Which places have the best happy hours?
The best sushi happy hour I've found in the valley is at Hirosuke in Encino, so it would be a bit west of your location. They have a fairly large selection of nigiri and creative rolls at a discounted price from 5-6:30. I don't consider their fish as fresh and melt-in-your-mouth as the best places in the area (the top being Sushi Iki in Tarzana), and they do tend to emphasize the heavily sauced rolls over simple nigiri.
I suspect that sushi happy hours and fresh, melt-in-your-mouth nigiri may be two concepts that do not mesh very well.
18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356
Please consider Sushi Nozawa, LA’s own, original “Sushi Nazi” - it's his way or the highway! Chef Kazunori Nozawa commands a very traditional sushi bar and serves up some of the freshest and finest sushi to be found anywhere. Mon-Fri, lunch/dinner only. No reservations. Be prepared for a brief standing wait. Sit at the bar and request the “omakase”, Nozawa-san's choice of the day's selections. Trust him, he will do you right. Whatever you do, please DO NOT ask for a California Roll unless you relish being the day's entertainment. (^_^)
11288 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604