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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
    Mori
    Sushi-Gen
    R23
    Hayakawa

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    Sushi-Gen
    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

    R23
    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
        www.sushionlacienega.com
        Tue-Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
        Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11 pm
        Sun 5 pm - 10 pm
        Closed Mondays

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        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.

            1. I am heartbroken, ("crestfallen" was the word a fellow diner said). I just got back from eating at Sushi "IKE" and just found out that Ike-san sold the restaurant. it's not the same, i guess the first clue was the mostly empty restaurant at 6pm. I would usually rush from work to get a seat at the bar. walk in this evening and no Ike-san behind the bar and 3 strangers in his place (except for Masa who i remember from a few years back). I have been going there for 16 yrs and my both my kids cut their "sushi teeth" with Ike-san. they loved Ike-san and believe me, he did not compromise and make "Americanized" versions of sushi for them. They learned to eat and love the traditional, fresh fish served there. Ike-san would even set my 6 y/o up to make her own sushi with ikura and uni. I tried to strike up a conversation with the chefs behind the bar but got evasive answers. The waiters, whom i recognized, seemed nervous when i asked about Ike-san's whereabouts. There was a gentleman there, who apparently was a regular, and seemed as perplexed as I with the change. We started talking, and by the end of the evening had resolved to find out what happened. Unfortunately, after visiting this site, I now I know that Ike-san is gone and i am so sorry that I wasn't able to at least say goodbye or have my kids say goodbye to him. i wish the best for him and I know I will be hard-pressed in finding a sushi restaurant that would even be comparable to Ike-san's. あなたは私の胃を満たしたている。ありがとう!! we miss you Ike-san! Lynn,Chris, Thea and Eva

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              Masa Restaurant
              2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

              1. It's true, Ike is OVER. The Japanese sea scallops that I couldn't get enough of are not the same. My prediction - Ike will be closed within the year. So sad!

                1. In case you weren't aware, there will be a new restaurant from Ike! Opening in either August or September 2011, named Sushi Kimagure Ike in Pasadena.

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                  1. re: be432

                    Thanks for the info! Ever since Ike sold the restaurant, I have been looking for a new go to sushi place in the Hwood area with no luck. I tried going back to Sushi Ike but it was horrible.

                    After some googling, i found Ike's new restaurant's facebook page in case anyone else wants to stay up to date.

                    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sushi-K...

                    It'll be a further drive to get there, but i'm looking forward to the opening.

                    1. re: TailbackU

                      On Sunday they posted:

                      "We are finally gonna start from Mon Aug 29th!!
                      Sorry no liqueur license yet but hope it's coming soon! "

                      Address:

                      Sushi Kimagure Ike
                      220 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
                      626-535-0880