This is where it’s at. If we have to pick one LA sushi restaurant, we’ll pick Katsuya again and again. The fish is so fresh, but then again so is the vibe. Dark, sexy, and perfect for all occasions. We love it for date night, for out of towners, and for family dinners. Start with the crispy rice, and make sure you take a pic. Beautifully plated, and here it all starts with the fish itself. The richest toro, the crispiest rice, and the best assortment. So, book a table, grab a friend, and pass the soy sauce.
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The view is why you’ll come, but let’s be honest instagram is why you’ll come back. Probably the most hyped restaurant in Malibu, but let’s not disrespect the food. The food is phenomenal! Everything is perfect for sharing, and don’t forget to get dessert. The mochi is unlike anything we’ve ever tried, and it pairs perfectly with a specialty cocktail or 7. 🙂
West Los Angeles
Let’s talk cheap sushi. One of the scariest adjectives to describe my favorite cuisine, but in this instance your stomach is safe with us. We’ve had En Sushi maybe 20 times? And, no issues in that arena ever. This cheap sushi is cheap because this restaurant is packed, always. Not the fanciest, not the most amazing (me love you, Katsuya), but definitely great to have in the sushi rotation. A weekly dinner here is always a good idea, and happy hour doesn’t end until 7.
One step up on the fancy scale than En Sushi, and slightly more delicious. When we think Noma we think tempura, and for good reason. Tons of unique options (we’re still talking about tempura), and great riceless rolls. The Hawaiian roll is cucumber wrapped, and though rice is our first love, sometimes one has to choose between rice and tempura. And at Noma, tempura wins every time.
Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills
Our one and only issue with Sugarfish: no reservations. Aside from that, this is a perfect dining experience. Curated menu options, and the Trust Me is our personal fave. You leave feeling satisfied, but also like you had a meal of high value and high return. You won’t feel stuffed, you won’t feel a dent in your wallet, but you will have indulged in high quality, well designed sushi. The blue crab hand roll is stupid good, and the same goes for the Toro. We love you Sugarfish, and we’ll love you more when you are bookable.
One of the hardest reservations to get in LA. The reservations only open up on Sunday’s at 10am for 3 months in advance for a split second (Make sure your internet connection is fast and your reflexes are on point).The experience is what you’re paying for. Sure there are top notch ingredients like sea urchin and uni, but the service is what’s truly unforgettable. After a dozen courses, you’ll get to know the server well. The chef will stop by at dessert if you’re lucky, and you can thank her yourself. The exterior of the building is unassuming, but the food presentation isn’t. Get ready to feast your eyes on true artwork, one plate at a time.
The alcohol selection is diverse, the sushi is fresh as all heck, and there’s a reason has a cult following. Interesting selections like gizzards might intimidate you (they intimidate me), and beloved toro are top choices here. We’re toro people, but you knew that. Anywho, grab a friend, some chop sticks, a shitton of sake, and make a resy.
West Los Angeles
Let’s get right to it. Here’s what you need to order: start with the edamame and grilled tofu. Then the toro carpaccio (which is as amazing as it sounds). If you’re hungry, add the albacore crispy onion here too. Get at least one black cod per person, and finish the meal off with pork belly. Gluttonous, sure. Worth every bite and penny? Yes and yes.
Santa Monica, Westwood
Holy handroll. KazuNori is sugarfish, with a twist. Overordering is key here, as handrolls are easy to inhale. Our favorites are the tuna and the crab, but that’s true of any sushi we try. 🙂 Great as a dine-in experience, a casual lunch or dinner, and as a healthish option.