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
Try Kiwami in Studio City. Great fish. Fairly long happy hour. Go as often as I can.
11920 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Asanebo is one of the best sushi places and down the street from Nozawa and Katsu Ya. In a strip mall like the other two. Awesome sushi.
11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604