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Dec 8, 2010 10:45 AM

The Sushi Ike Diaspora

My husband and I were loyal Sushi Ike customers for many many years. We are still not over the fact that Ike sold his beloved restaurant. We visited once since the change, but it is simply not the same in any respect and we will not be visiting again. The one time we were in there, it was eerily EMPTY which leads me to believe that all of the Ike follwers are no longer going there. We saw so many familiar faces over the years while dining at the Ike sushi bar, other Ike devotees, who we assume, like us, are beside themselves over this change. I am curious to know where all of you other Ike groupies are going for sushi now. My husband and I are hardcore sushi eaters. We appreciate fresh, superb quality sushi that is served traditionally. Tempura cruncy rolls topped with eel sauce and things of those sort don't do it for us. With a sushi bar on every corner in Los Angeles, it's hard to cut through the clutter to find a good place. Would love to know where the Ike Diaspora is headed.....

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  1. Sushi Zo

    422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Sushi Zo
    9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    Mori Sushi
    11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Restaurant Hayakawa
    750 Terrado Plz Ste 33, Covina, CA 91723

    1. goodbye, delicious tender octopus poached in green tea and finished on the grill!

      i'll be getting my sushi fix at sushi central (palms & overland) and sushi gen, but i doubt i will find that octopus dish anywhere else.

      1. I had eaten at Ike from time to time over the years and remember it being pretty to very good.

        My current go-to sushi spot is Sushi on La Cienega (in the old Ronin Izakaya space). The itamae, Hiro, has a background in Washoku, sushi, both Edomae and fusion, as well as French cooking. While I prefer more traditional style sushi & sashimi, Hiro has dished up the occasional fusion-y pieces that have been absolutely oishii. Two thumbs up for beautifully fresh fish and skillful knife work. Oh, and the service is both attentive and gracious. And, there’s even a parking lot hidden behind the building.

        Sushi on La Cienega
        359 N La Cienega Blvd
        West Hollywood, CA 90048
        (310) 855-0006
        Tue-Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
        Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11 pm
        Sun 5 pm - 10 pm
        Closed Mondays

        Sushi on La Cienega
        359 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. i used to go to IKE so many years ago- it was my first experience with excellent sushi. but since then, i have found other places i fell for- they are:
          sushi gen, sushi go 55, nishi-ya, kiriko, sushi zo, k-zo, hirozen (they have new management and have not been since, but if it's the same it's awesome). i really enjoyed my experience at bar hayama, not sure how that rates on the board and i've only been once. hope this helps.
          on my to do list: go marts, miro, Kiyokawa, asanebo.

          1. Sushi Gen(little tokyo) is pretty amazing and I would check out Nishi-ya(burbank-glendale) as well. I always enjoyed Ike's personality at the bar but I have to say the last time I went, with Ike helming the bar, we were fairly disappointed. Everything seems a bit off and average compared to his usual high standard, and it steered me away from a return. Still sad to see that he is gone.