Sushi Iki in Tarzana
I've never been here before but what do you guys think.
It's our go-to place for great sushi. They have some of the freshest fish I've had in LA. We're partial to the live sea scallop, uni, and kawahagi. The fin fish is also great. It is a bit pricey, but worth the money, IMHO.
I have not been there in some years. They specialize in live seafood. It can be very expensive.I talked to owner, He is the head sushi chef. It is possible to drop a couple of hundred per person. If you demand the most freshest food, this is the place if you got the bucks.
I agree with what everyone has said. The fish is incredibly fresh and it can be ridiculously expensive. (I've heard another sushi chef at another restaurant joke about the prices that Eddie charges. Evidently, it is pretty well-known that Sushi Iki charges a lot for the sushi.)
A few more thoughts. The cost is offset by the fact that a lot of the cuts of fish are bigger than you get elsewhere. So I recommend being careful if you are ordering at a table. It's easy to over-order.
My pet peeve is that a number of items are only available "live." So instead of getting scallop sushi for $7-$10, you have to get "live scallop" for around $20. For that, you get two pieces of scallop nigiri and sort of a dynamite made out of the remaining parts of the scallop. That drove the price up a lot and made me stop going. The online menu seems to have more nigiri options than I remember, so maybe that has changed a little.
I'm pretty sure I gave them a try a couple years ago (or it was in the same place). Very good. Not the best in in L.A., but easily in the top 10.