Chiba - sushi in North Hollywood?
- Debbie W.
A friend of mine is raving about Chiba which is a sushi place in North Hollywood, on Saticoy right around Lankershim. When I think of that neighborhood I don't exactly think of sushi, but my friend has been having a lot of lunches there since he works close by. He says everything is good. "Everything" by his standards is anything that could be considered kosher, since he pretty much keeps kosher so he doesn't eat shellfish or whatever fin fish might not be kosher. However, he is an experienced sushi eater, he only started keeping kosher about a year or two ago, and I trust his judgment. A look at the County website indicates A's for the last four inspections. I don't know when I'll be able to check it out but I'm wondering if anyone's been.
re: Shelley Kelly
I've eaten there 2 or 3 times (near my work place). I had good sushi and miso soup, but not my favorite. My boss is a pretty discriminating foodie, and it's his favorite. I found that some of my sushi was wet and soft such that it might have been frozen. That turned me against it. I figure I'll be back again pretty soon to try again, given my boss' fondness.
In the area, I have found Katsu Ya on Ventura/Colfax to be quite good, with great lunch specials.
We've been to Chiba about 5 times- - -and that was when we used to live near Century City!
It was recommended to me by a friend who's lived in the valley for years. If I remember correctly, the owner's name is Shig.
Anyway, we LOVED this place. He would get a very loyal following, and the place felt like a private club. One of those places where the diners would say "don't tell anyone about this Sushi bar".
The owner eventually did an extensive remodel, and from what I've heard, the sushi bar itself doubled in size. The friend who told me about Chiba said that when the remodel was through, she felt that the restaurant was lacking in warmth, and she also thought the quality had slipped. Silly us never returned, after 1 negative comment (which could have been strictly emotionally based, at that), and now you've resurrected my desire to go back.
Thanks for your post,
I have been going to Chiba since 1985 when I had my practice in Van Nuys. Now I work in south Orange County, but still visit Chiba whenever I am in the valley. They have my all time favorite spicy tuna. I am particular about my spicy tuna and do not like the ones that are made with chinese chili sauce. I have been to sushi places across the US and also in Japan and I still rank Chiba as my favorite place for sushi.
There used to be a big Japanese American community in nearby Sun Valley, so the location isn't all that strange. Mme Akitist is very particular about fish, and really enjoyed the sushi there recently (I got left at home). Less enthusiastic about the cooked items such as tempura, though.
I have never been but my first piece of sushi ever was from here. Back in my LAVC days I was asleap on gf's couch and she popped some into my mouth - wow! I really should give it a try!