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B.A.D. or BAD sushi on SM Blvd, near Le Saigon

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kevin Sep 20, 2010 10:43 PM

anyone been here? what are your thoughts? Just popped up on my radar, I'm guessing it's a CA roll style factory?

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Le Saigon
11611 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

  1. wilafur Sep 21, 2010 10:53 AM

    i walked by this past week and it appears to be CA roll style blended with hara sushi.

    funky rolls + 50% off deals.

    i kept walking. lols.

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    1. re: wilafur
      GenevieveCa Sep 21, 2010 03:36 PM

      ditto.
      honestly, having had bad sushi, the name of the place makes me queasy. not tempted to try it.

    2. LaPomme Sep 21, 2010 04:13 PM

      They dropped off a menu at my front door. Some highlights:

      "Bloody Friend" roll: Shrimp tempura and avocado topped with tuna and sweet & spicy sauce
      "Naughty Girls" roll: Spicy crab salad, shrimp and avocado topped with tuna
      "Cute Devil" roll: Shrimp tempura and spicy crab salad, topped with salmon and tuna
      "Pork Chop" roll: Baked scallop and avocado, topped with seared tuna and chili sweet & spicy sauce

      Sounds kind of similar to CA Roll Factory with all the gimmicky rolls. Though I make it my business to sample all the sushi happy hours in the vicinity, and will have to make my way here for purely scientific research purposes.

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      1. re: LaPomme
        mstinawu Sep 30, 2010 12:50 PM

        Are those seriously names of rolls there? The NAUGHTY girl has CRAB in it? Ew.. Does not sound appetizing for "some reason."

      2. J.L. Sep 28, 2010 01:19 AM

        Terried Sake House was so much better in this location. That neck of the woods doesn't need yet another bad roll factory.

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        Terried Sake House
        11617 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          mwallace930 Sep 28, 2010 12:31 PM

          I live in the neighborhood, and I've been there a couple times to use the 50% off coupons that they have running through September 30th. It definitely does have the gimmicky rolls, but also has sashimi, hand rolls, etc. While it's not the best sushi I've ever had, I don't mind going there to support a neighborhood joint. that strip has potential, and it seems it's beginning to take off a little bit, what with two new restuarants (Naan Hut and Chorros Calientes) opening up in the next couple weeks/month. You'd do better for sushi on Sawtelle, but it's probably better and less crowded than California Sushi Factory down the block.

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          Sushi Factory
          17870 Newhope St Ste 102, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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          1. re: mwallace930
            J.L. Sep 29, 2010 02:05 AM

            Not supporting a bad business idea on that strip also helps, by allowing market forces to eventually bring in even better businesses into that area.

            If you really wanna support that strip, dine at Juquila or Qusqo, then have a coffee at Cacao Coffeehouse, and then rent a video from Mike at Desire Video.

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            Juquila
            11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1. re: J.L.
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              kevin Sep 30, 2010 12:09 AM

              that is a good evening right there.

          2. DrBruin Sep 28, 2010 06:11 PM

            Never been there.... but that's not a great name for a restaurant.

            On that note, I also don't think I'll be going to Montezuma's Revenge Mexican Restaurant or Vino E Coli Italian Ristorante. ;)

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              yumyumyumyum Sep 29, 2010 02:35 AM

              i would not go there. they will give you bad food.

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                mwallace930 Sep 30, 2010 12:34 AM

                Alright, don't go there if you don't like it. I suppose I'm wrong in my patronage philosophy. I'm not a sushi aficianado or anything, but I didn't get sick when I ate there, the service was very good and friendly, it has a fun sort of vibe that some of the other Japanese restaurants on that strip of SMB could take a page from (I'm looking at you En Sushi and Izakaya Sasaya), and the food tasted perfectly fine, if nothing spectacular. Use your 50% off and enjoy. Maybe try them on a night even after that. I think they have some parts of their menu that are permanently 50% off. As far as supporting that strip, you got it right with Juquila and Videostore Named Desire (Mike is the don of videostore owners, irreplaceable), but my experience has been horrible at Qusqo. Their paella was terrible and the service was very snooty. Will never go back there. Qusqo and Cacao both serve up a healthy serving of smug that I prefer to stay away from. But yes, Juquila, Le Saigon, Videostore Named Desire are all great fixtures in this part of town. Oh yes, and Emil's Swiss Bakery. Let's hope with things keep going with the two new restaurants opening soon.

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                Juquila
                11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                Le Saigon
                11611 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                En Sushi
                11651 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

                Izakaya
                8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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