sushi advice westside
i'm looking for a go to sushi spot for lunch and dinner. i exclusively eat salmon sashimi (usually around 3 orders) while my partner likes everything especially hand rolls. we're not huge fans of sasabune, katsuya, sushi roku, or nowaza.
any recommendations for under the radar places? or great very fresh salmon sashimi? we like hama in venice, but it's not open for lunch. we've also nixed hamaya on sawtelle.
you might give k-zo in culver city a try.
they are open weekdays for lunch from 11:45 to 2;30.
imho, the fish quality at k-zo has been across-the-board superior to that of hama.
that said, i never order salmon, so i would not be your best source for info about salmon.
parking is free in the parking structure attached to their building (same building as trader joe's)
thanks for the recs. i do spend a lot of time on yelp an reading restaurant, so i do occasionally build up unfair prejudices. my impression of k-zo and kiroko was of an upscale environment that is known for the omakase. i have found that places famous for omakase somehow have less good salmon sashimi. in my opinion, this is very much the case with sushi sasabune. any casual places people like? i am going to try hide sushi this week.
i have found that places famous for omakase somehow have less good salmon sashimi.
That is because salmon is regarded as an inferior fish for sushi. It has to be salted or frozen to kill the potential parasites.
As much as I love Mori and agree that it is LA's best for pure sushi, it would be a horrible place for you and your partner if you exclusively eat salmon sashimi and s/he likes rolls.
Kiriko cures and smokes their own salmon so it might be fun for you to try that. You can sit at the table and order a la carte so you don't have to worry about omakase. I forget if Kiriko does many rolls though.
Neither one feels particularly "upscale" to me, fwiw. My favorite, ambiance wise, was The Hump - unfortunately, they served Free Willy!
Hide is fine, and relatively inexpensive...it reminds me of Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo, but a little worse.
Best sushi I've had in recent memory was at Jinpachi in boys town - fabulous meal (omakase)...110 pp, but left completely satisfied. I'll return for lunch or set menu, but imagine won't be the same.