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Best sushi: Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park.

Hi chowhounds,

I haven't had delicious sushi in quite sometime since I've been on a killer restaurant budget for the last few months. Can someone recommend me a good sushi restaurant in my area? I'm not thinking fancy, I'm thinking quality. Please help me decide where to eat tonight!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Shibucho, on Beverly.

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    Shibucho
    3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    18 Replies
    1. re: J.L.

      i ran a blank, and was going to mention Saito's on Sunset.

      but yes Shibucho is not only the one for that area, but one of my all times favorites in all of LA.

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      Shibucho
      3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

      1. re: kevin

        Kevin, so you like Saito's? I drive by that place all the time and have wondered how it is.

        1. re: TailbackU

          Let me preface this, it's good for the immediate East Hollywood area, if the poster is looking for good sushi in Los Feliz/Silver Lake area, if the area changes to Hollywood, or rather West Hollywood the story changes and if closer to the Westside, the number of sushi bars and quality gets better.

          So yeah it's good for the area, but not great. I can't think of any other sushi bars that area at least decent in the areas mentioned by the poster above.

          1. re: kevin

            got it. I've been really struggling to find a solid sushi place that can become my regular spot since Ike-san left Sushi Ike. I tried Sushi Park last week and while it was solid, not worth the $120pp price point. I used to be able to enjoy a nice sushi meal for $120 for two at Sushi Ike. Any recs you have if I'm willing to drive a little further? (not WLA far)

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            Sushi Park
            8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

            1. re: TailbackU

              Kiyokawa on Robertson is pretty good and not too expensive in price for the quality either. There are a bunch of hounds that like this joint too.

              You may like Wa, on LaCienega near Sunset but I haven't been in ages and it's just not that amazing but some really like it.

              I'm not a fan of the katsuya type places.

              And Matushisa the orginal fusioner is not half bad, but then again it's pretty pricey.

              I guess without going west of Robertson, your best best might just be Kiyokawa, and it's not just good for the area, it's a pretty good sushi bar too, and don't let the fact that they use organic rice, etc, scare you off into thinking it's a too precious Beverly Hills sushi joint. anyhow, the toro roll with caviar is great, the kuma oysters are grand, they even got those bite-sized hairy crabs. and dessert is black sesame ice cream. you can go the omakase route or just order by the piece.

              1. re: kevin

                I've done the omakase at Kiyokawa like everyone else after J. Gold wrote up his review. While I think it's a fantastic meal and value, it is a kaiseki style meal and involves a lot of cooked dishes. Outside of his uni and sweet shrimp, I thought the rest of his sushi was subpar compared to Zo, Nozawa, and the like.

                I guess my search continues.....

                1. re: TailbackU

                  I really like Sushi on La Cienega. Just let Hiro know if you prefer traditional or creative sushi/sashimi.

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

                    1. re: kevin

                      fka Ronin Izakaya Bistro

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                      Ronin Izakaya Bistro
                      359 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

              2. re: TailbackU

                So the quality at Sushi Ike dropped since the ownership change?

                1. re: Petey McNichols

                  haven't been since he left, but reading yelp reviews (take it for what it's worth), seems that people are non too happy w/ the new ownership.

        2. re: J.L.

          btw, jl, did you try Shibucho recently? please report back if you have.

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          Shibucho
          3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

          1. re: kevin

            Been meaning to go, possibly in the next 2-3 months. Will report back if I do.

            I hope Shige-san remembers me. He probably will. Which hopefully means I won't be plied with salad. His ika (squid) was quite good, as I recall.

            1. re: J.L.

              The problem is you do have to build a rapport with him, but it seems like since he reopened again, the prices have gotten less dear. And it is my favorite. But I see why others might not like it. (I did have somewhat of a bad experience at Mori, and I had a terrible experience (not with the actually food) at Zo, and I may never go back to Zo again), but i digress.

          2. re: J.L.

            I had basically this same question when I moved to the area a couple of years ago, and we tried Shibucho at somebody's suggestion. We were the only ones at the restaurant, and we asked for the Omakase. It was very disappointing: He fed us so much salad and squid that we were stuffed before we got a chance to even taste a single piece of nigiri. That made no difference in the price, though... It was a while ago and I don't remember the exact price, but it still was well over $120/person. That put us off enough that we have never been back.

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            Shibucho
            3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

            1. re: LAchowman

              heresy - BUT it was your first time. don't go omakase with shige at the beginning. OMakase with a new person - he doesn't know you. He has no idea what you like.
              Go, talk with him. And order nigiri you like by the piece. The price will be nowhere near $120 a person. Order sashimi as well. Tell him you're thinking about a few things. Which is in season, what might he recommend? but no one can do a real omakase for a stranger, as far as I understand.
              Heresy here refers to me, not to LA chowman or any other poster.

              1. re: Jerome

                it would be tough to go omakase for the first time there. after now having gone to most of the sushi bars in LA, Shibucho remains at the very top of my list. and it seems like he's softened up over the years or maybe i'm just becoming more of a regular.

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                Shibucho
                3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                1. re: kevin

                  by the way the desserts at shibucho are pretty grand too.