Sushi places that will make rice-less rolls [moved from General Chowhounding Topics board]
Believe it or not there is a very nice small sushi joint in Burbank called Sushi Dake. It sits next to an aquarium and fish store (irony avoidance moment here.) It is located at 1722 West Verdugo, in a mini mall. My wife, a carb avoider, loves their "love Roll" which has all kinds of fish, not unlike a rainbow roll, but has the California roll filling instead of rice. It used to be bigger, but it is still a great deal and worth checking out.
1722 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
The Verdugo Bar
3408 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
At a guess, Wabi-Sabi on Abbott Kinney would likely be willing and able to accommodate you--I recall seeing at least one cucumber wrapped roll on the menu when last I dined there. If brown rice is ok for you, across the street and up a little ways is the (much better) Shima...not sure if they would go riceless for you, though, if the brown rice won't do the trick.
1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Wabi-Sabi Sushi & Asian Cuisine
1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
I usually just ask the chef to make my sushi/rolls without rice. Never had anyone say no so far. I've done it at my usual place (Omino in Chatsworth), at a local place near my work (forgot the name) and even at Go's Mart. I've gotten some amazing rolls using seafood and veggies for the "bulk". My favorite was at Omino - lobster rolled in cucumber with julienned carrot, daikon, pea shoots, and asparagus, with a touch of sesame oil and siracha/mayo dressing drizzled on top.
22330 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303
i'm blanking on the name, but it's on S. Beverly Dr. it's not the best, but it's consistent and well-priced... something with a K. will run by tomorrow...
as i think more on it...
sushi roku will do it.
not that you'll ever end up there, but Yamato
and when i think about it, i believe fat fish on robertson has a version already on their menu. pretty sure i discovered that when i was taken there on a date, when the guy had raved that he was taking me to the BEST sushi in the CITY. i was confused... but i digress. i believe fat fish makes one.
i love kiyokawa on robertson, but i feel less comfortable asking for something more gauche...
just realized that this is LA board talk... if the mods need to move it, feel free! sorry!
i'm guessing it's Kiyono?
thanks for the info. back when i lived in WeHo i did get the guys at Fat Fish to do it for me...but these days i don't make it east of the 405 more than once a month at most...i can always just hit Nagao for a Moonlight Roll if i'm desperate for a fix.
i just wish we had a place here that would do a rice-less roll like the one at my old spot in SD - i *crave* that darned thing on a regular basis...they use shredded [real] crab in place of the rice, layer the inside with spicy tuna, and top the roll Rainbow-style with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, masago & scallions. and though the standard preparation is a soy paper wrap, they do it with nori for me. *that's* the kicker - cucumber wraps don't feel right :)