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Korean style sushi reccomendation

I'm hoping to take a friend out in Korea Town for Korean style sushi this evening. I've previously been to Busan, A-Won and Masan and liked them all to varying degrees. In this particular case, I think I'm looking for something a little bit "nicer" for lack of a better word. I used to really like the vibe and food at O Dae San (back before it closed to become AYCE bbq). Something along those lines would be great.

Any ideas?


Masan Restaurant
2851 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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  1. If you want nice get Japanese sushi, go to Little Tokyo and visit Sushi Gen. A little expensive but worth it!

    Little Tokyo Restaurant
    150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

    1. Neptune's Net, on 6th St.?

      Sushi Dokoro Kirala, on Little Santa Monica, may not be in Ktown, but it's got decent "vibe"...

      1. Give Arado a try. It sounds like what you are looking for.

        Arado Japanese Restaurant
        4001 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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        1. re: Servorg

          Arado was also highly recommended by a Korean restaurant owner in Melrose when I inquired about options for Korean style sashimi.

          Have not had a chance to check it out myself though.

        2. Not sure if it's Korean style, but Noshi Sushi is in K-town on the south side of Beverly just east of Western. Last time I was there it was cash only. But very good fish reasonably priced.

          Noshi Sushi
          4430 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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          1. re: trimtab

            think thats more of a Japanese style and not korean style as described below by peppermonkey. but yes, noshi has very excellent sushi and yes its cash only still.

          2. What is Korean-style sushi exactly? I lived by Koreatown for 2+ years and never came across this. What'd I miss?

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            1. re: andytseng

              They do things like "hwe dup bap" or "al bap" that you won't find in Japanese sushi bars.


              1. re: andytseng

                Koreans like eating more sashimi. And they will dip in chojang (a fermented red pepper paste) although wasabi is offered. Koreans also wrap their fish in perilla leaf with whatever else you like. The fish is very fresh but it's not about tasting the nuances of flavor and texture from the different kinds of fish. Like all korean food its about the flavor and the texture. The fish is more of a texture vehicle to deliver the flavor of the other ingredients. Japanese sushi leaves you contemplating the precise balance of flavors and texture of a particular bite of sushi. Korean style sushi hits you upside the head. There is no thinking, just eating

                1. re: peppermonkey

                  Perilla leaf = shiso leaf, in case anyone's interested

                  1. re: J.L.

                    the korean one is different although in the same family...it's more pungent and funky...almost precisely the difference between japanese and korean food

                  2. re: peppermonkey

                    Koreans will also dip in sesame oil with salt, which is tasty in its own way.

                    A lot like to finish up with a spicy fish stew.

                    And usually soju is involved.

                    I haven't been to a Korean-style sushi/sashimi place in a long long time, but I remember Arado as being one of the better ones.

                2. I've been hearing positive things about Boongho Japanese Restaurant on the western edge of Ktown on Wilshire. Haven't been but will check it out soon.

                  3959 Wilshire Blvd
                  Los Angeles, CA 90010

                  (213) 388-0479

                  Boongho Japanese Restaurant
                  3959 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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                  1. re: saucequeen

                    Four of us had dinner at Boongho Japanese Restaurant in Koreatown this past Saturday night. The restaurant is very pretty with nice attention to details. The sliding glass doors as you enter isolate the environment from the rest of the world for the few hours you are dining. The lighting is very pretty; the bar is lit from underneath and makes the bar seating very inviting and warm.

                    We tried the rolls, handrolls, and nigiri items. It was all good, but nothing was outstanding.

                    I might return for the setting...very pretty, cozy and private, but not for the food.

                    Boongho Japanese Restaurant
                    3959 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

                    1. re: liu

                      I wish to add that there was nothing Korean about Boongho other than that the sushi chef was from South Korea. I kept looking for some Korean influence and I even asked the owner/chef, but he agreed that this was a Japanese dining experience...and to my disappointment, nothing more.

                      1. re: liu

                        while you can order any type of mediocre roll at a korean sushi place, the thing to get is sashimi. the whole point of the korean style is to eat a lot of sashimi wrapped in red leaf lettuce with gochujang and garlic.

                        1. re: cdub

                          After we were seated, I asked our server for her suggestions; I was hoping that she would direct us to order what they do best. She did not recommend anything in particular; she pointed at the menu and noted the various categories of appetizers, rolls, nigiri or sashimi items. I think I should have done some homework prior to our visit so that I would have known how better to order.

                          1. re: liu

                            if you think of trying one again in the future, i'd recommend that you stick with sashimi or get something like al bap (fish egg rice) or hwe dup bap (like bibimbap but with fish and lettuce) or even any of the fish stews. just no nigiri or rolls.

                            1. re: cdub

                              Thanks, cdub, for your suggestions.

                  2. I realize this is late and all but the whole Korean style sushi experience is different than the Japanese style sushi experience.

                    For example, most of the time the fish you'll be eating is killed and served sashimi style pretty much right before you eat, most of the time being some kind of flounder, white sweet flatfish of some sort. They save the organs and bones to make spicy stew/soup later to eat with rice.

                    The sashimi is served with gochujang which is the spicy chili paste along with wasabi/soy sauce. Then you can get assortment of other dishes such as live octopus tentacles, live shrimp etc. Of course the obligatory soju or beer to wash it all down with.

                    After the sashimi course, then comes the spicy fish stew/soup to finish your meal along with rice. Anyway, it's one of those things you have to experience once if you have any interest in Korean Cuisine.

                    Chomak is a place I went to a few years back, I really enjoyed the hole in the wall feel as well as the owner casually talking and cooking for us (they have lovely dumplings that they hand make and put into the spicy stew at the end). The live octopus tentacles and live shrimp are just one of those things that you have to see to believe. Yeah I know it's not Ktown but for me it was worth the drive back then. It still has 4 stars on Yelp so I assume quality has not gone down since then.

                    15125 S Western Ave
                    Gardena, CA 90249
                    (310) 327-6733

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                    1. re: jysh

                      Thank you, jysh, for your informative post.

                      I read peppermonkey, upstream from your recent post, on this very subject before we went to Boongho, and I was hoping to experience something different from Japanese sushi. Even though we ordered a variety of items -- there were four of us -- our dinner was very Japanese, with no detectable Korean influence as you have mentioned.

                      Thanks for the Chomak recommendation. It sounds interesting.

                      1. re: jysh

                        thanks for the culinary lesson!