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  • Sunshine Girl Jun 2, 2006 12:44 PM
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Any fun places with decent sushi you might suggest (NB: Club Sushi DOES NOT count as decent sushi)?

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  1. Blue Pacific in Hermosa Beach had good sushi, and some good fusion-y dishes. But I'm not sure if I would call it "fun"...the decor suggested fun, but it was nearly empty when I went there on a weeknight. Octopus in Manhattan Beach was much more lively (it's on Highland near the pier), but the sushi wasn't as good. Taiko in El Segundo has pretty good sushi (yummy sashimi), and it is busy but I wouldn't call it "fun." I usually go to Taiko if I want sashimi in the local area, and I go to this takeout place called Kai (formerly Kamiyami) in Manhattan Beach when I want good, creative rolls, rather than hard-core sushi. Kai's rolls are very good and very reasonably priced. Or you could go to its sister restaurant Kamiyama in Lomita, which is sit-down rather than take-out, and which also offers some Peruvian dishes, including pretty good Peruvian-style ceviche. But it is pretty quiet with minimalist decor, so I don't think that counts as "fun" either. So I'm not sure if any of my suggestions fit the bill, but they may be worth exploring.

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    1. re: Nicole

      Unfortunatly quality sushi doesn't seem to go along with the "fun" atmosphere. I will second the Taiko reccomendation. I just found this spot, and was really impressed with the quality and the sushi chef. My favourite is Tomi Sushi in Redondo (corner of PCH and Pearl). The sushi is always very fresh, and the chef really caters to people looking for unique Japanese delicacies. Fun spots in manhattan Beach are Sun and Moon Cafe...what could be more fun than beer bongs at the sushi bar? The sushi is pretty good. I like the yellowtail trio. I also find Michi to be quite fun - though I don't think so popular with chowhounds. They do have a sushi bar, and I find it to be fine when sticking to simple fare:tuna rolls, sushi bowl, etc. They do have a few items I really love, like the green salad with fresh strawberries and lychee. And grerat martinis.

      1. re: Rizza

        Actually, I had a great meal at Michi. Although I didn't order sushi--I had cooked fish. And I agree, it is a fun environment--swanky, with good mixed drinks, and close proximity to the fun pier area.

      2. re: Nicole

        Unfortunatly quality sushi doesn't seem to go along with the "fun" atmosphere. I will second the Taiko reccomendation. I just found this spot, and was really impressed with the quality and the sushi chef. My favourite is Tomi Sushi in Redondo (corner of PCH and Pearl). The sushi is always very fresh, and the chef really caters to people looking for unique Japanese delicacies. Fun spots in manhattan Beach are Sun and Moon Cafe...what could be more fun than beer bongs at the sushi bar? The sushi is pretty good. I like the yellowtail trio. I also find Michi to be quite fun - though I don't think so popular with chowhounds. They do have a sushi bar, and I find it to be fine when sticking to simple fare:tuna rolls, sushi bowl, etc. They do have a few items I really love, like the green salad with fresh strawberries and lychee. And grerat martinis.

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        young_chower

        I wouldn't call it fun (no loud music or anything), but a small little place in Manhattan Beach that I like is Pennylane on 9th street in downtown manhattan beach. I haven't been there in while, but i remember it being good. I especially liked the spyder roll. Check it out.

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          southbay hound

          #1 sushi in south bay is momoyama on pch in redondo beach. very nice place too but "fun" - not sure.

          Sakura in culver city is fun and terrific but not really south bay.

          fusion sushi is new in hermosa beach and the old place, sushi wasabi was pretty good and fun. fun decor.

          octopus - lousy
          hama hermosa - closed
          blue pacific - gone

          new place is now sushi duke. had a fantastic meal there ; somewhat fun and very boisterous place. but service was a mess - give 'em time. place will be a hit if the food is this good. place is in hermosa on hermosa ave.

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          1. re: southbay hound
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            wow i'm a dog

            i actually like octopus (definitely doesn't fit the fun bill, however). i'll have to try momoyama. thanks for the rec.

            1. re: southbay hound

              fusion sushi is pretty bad... Sushi Sei in hermosa is pretty decent.

              1. re: southbay hound

                Momoyama was great when it opened a couple years back but the quality has definitely been on the decline. They had a Japanese chef there in the beginning but he left...downhill since.

                Sushi Sei has very creative omakase. You should give them a try.

                1. re: otonitoni

                  Sushi Sei is good for omakase (if not a little overpriced) because the chefs have a good time with it, and it's my main hangout in the south bay (will have to try momoyama) but it's pretty pedestrian otherwise. Someone mentioned on another board that Club Sushi was decent. It's not. Stay away. ick.

              2. Tomi sushi on PCH in Redondo Beach is a definite must - authentic, and can be fun to chat with the owner & other sushi chefs. If you want really great sushi, though, you need to hit Gardena - where the big local Japanese population is... but if you're looking for the American 'fusion' slant on sushi you won't find it here - only for purists.

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                1. re: Sue

                  SenNari on Wester is Phenomenal...especailly the Hamachi....