As much as we love some of LA’s glitzy and glamorous sushi restaurants, sometimes you just want to stop at that hole-in-the-wall, neighborhood restaurant where you can sit at the bar and have an excellent meal. The San Fernando Valley in particular is filled with them— some of them even inspire Westsiders and Eastsiders to actually make the “trek” (their words, never mine) to get their sushi fix. And the new Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks is definitely one of those trek-worthy restaurants, though I’d hesitate to call it a hole-in-the-wall sushi joint. Petite it may be, but the relaxed mid-century modern design lends it the impact of a much larger space, firmly cementing it as both a casual neighborhood restaurant and upscale spot where you can expect to find excellent food. The bar serves what, in LA, is a reasonably priced $80 omakase by Chef Kiminobu Saito, for which you will receive edamame, miso soup, an appetizer, ten pieces of sushi, and a hand roll. Additionally, Sushi Note boasts an impressive wine list, so come hungry and thirsty!Read More
Other than its close proximity to the ocean, there aren't many reasons why El Segundo would be THE neighborhood that Angelenos associate with great sushi. Which is probably why it's such a coup to have the sister restaurant of one of West LA's great sushi spots, Hamasaku, who late last year opened Umi by Hamasaku at the chic new development, "The Point." Though the original location focuses on sashimi and omakase, this bigger, beautiful, and more modern space focuses on seafood izakaya in addition to sushi. From partners Jesse Duron, chef Yoya Takahashi and owner Michael Ovitz, the restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner, additionally offering seasonal shared plates and, of course, omakase. We popped by for an early lunch and got to sample a bit of everything.Read More
I know what you're thinking. No, a 5-course omakase meal for $80 is NOT a feasible everyday work lunch. I completely understand that. But for Hollywood executives, laywers, bankers, real estate moguls, anyone with a generous expense account, or even those with little cash saved up for a #treatyoself moment, don't overlook Roku Sunset for your next upscale power lunch occasion because of it's spacious, trendy design. You will get plenty of delicious food while dining in a beautiful room, and that is sure to impress any afternoon companion.
If you haven't been yet, consider this your next sushi adventure.Read More