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Best places for non-authentic / "American" sushi?

selfish shellfish Nov 2, 2012 12:55 AM

Most discussion of "Best Sushi" focuses on the places that stay fairly close to traditional sushi.

I've got some Japanese guests, and I'm looking for a restaurant where they can get some good examples of how sushi has been re-interpreted in America. (e.g. using mayo, avocado, spicy tuna, bacon?, etc.)

So what would be the "Best Americanized Sushi" places? We're in Pasadena, but happy to travel.

  1. ipsedixit Nov 2, 2012 08:16 AM


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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Porthos Nov 2, 2012 08:40 AM

      +1 Katsuya Hollywood

    2. Servorg Nov 2, 2012 08:30 AM

      http://www.obasushi.com/Oba.html is probably worth a try.

      1. J.L. Nov 2, 2012 08:45 AM

        Hamasaku in West LA

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          omieurhomie Nov 2, 2012 08:48 AM

          Sushi Enya in Little Tokyo.

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            FrankJBN Nov 2, 2012 09:14 AM

            Go to a Chinese buffet. While you're there, get some raw oysters too.

            1. barryc Nov 2, 2012 09:19 AM

              it occurs to me that any place that advertises itself as being "fusion" probably fits the bill as they will be geared towards not offending a typical western palate in the rolls that they make. fushion sushi 313 in glendora might probably do the trick: http://glendora.patch.com/articles/th...

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                Thor123 Nov 2, 2012 09:37 AM

                Zip Fusion Sushi downtown

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                  jasongg06 Nov 2, 2012 10:07 AM

                  I'd personally go for:

                  Mon Roll - Thai owned sushi place in santa monica. Their rolls are pretty creative, though on the heavy side (many items are sauce/topping heavy). It's also right off 3rd street promenade and not too far away from the pier so you can take them to see what that's like.

                  Kabuki - Very standardized americanized sushi. Hey, it hits the spot when I'm looking for americanized sushi. Appears to be korean owned or run.

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                    westsidegal Nov 2, 2012 12:51 PM

                    respectfully disagree with the Kabuki recommendation if you are talking about the place in the Howard Hughes Promenade.

                    1. re: westsidegal
                      jasongg06 Nov 2, 2012 12:59 PM

                      it's oks

                      I guess i should have put the pasadena location (they have two). OP was looking for americanized sushi and kabuki is the first place i thought of.

                      1. re: jasongg06
                        westsidegal Nov 2, 2012 01:03 PM

                        it's americanized, but not very good and VERY inconsistent.

                        Hamasaku, imho, very Americanized and serves better quality fish:
                        also, more costly

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                          jasongg06 Nov 2, 2012 01:05 PM

                          definitely inconsistent. I guess i'm just reminiscing my college days where i'd be able to catch the happy hour 1/2 priced sushi there that tasted good back then :*)

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                    TracyS Nov 2, 2012 12:15 PM


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                      wienermobile Nov 2, 2012 12:42 PM


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                        raizans Nov 2, 2012 02:01 PM

                        and asanebo.

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                          cls Nov 2, 2012 04:57 PM

                          Matsuhisa, Nobu, Asanebo, Wa, Toranoko

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                            J.L. Nov 2, 2012 05:00 PM

                            Is Sushi Wa still in business?

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                        rickym13 Nov 2, 2012 02:06 PM

                        would agree with katsuya....trendy decor, the patrons and whole vibes fits the bill.....

                        1. J.L. Nov 2, 2012 05:05 PM

                          There are many eateries of all qualities in the L.A. sushi spectrum, with polar extremes being edomae (traditional Edo-style sushi) on one end, and the ubiquitous dynamite roll on the other end.

                          Somewhere in the middle, though a bit closer to the traditional end (but not to the point of purism) lies an excellent sushi-ya called Kiriko in West L.A. At Kiriko, itamae Ken-san and his team of shokunin offer creative uses of fusion cuisine and unorthodox fish, such as combining mango, smoked wild salmon & caviar, in creating new flavors and experiences.

                          Of all the places mentioned, I believe Kiriko will probably help your Japanese guests enjoy "American" sushi without suffering for quality in freshness and creativity.

                          Kiriko is in the Olympic Collection, just north of the corner of Sawtelle & Olympic in West L.A. Enjoy!

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