I'm going to make this a short post, because the photos speak for themselves, and I'm quite "bushed". We took a drive to Los Angeles last night for the Missus's "sushi-fix". Though San Diego has quite good sushi, the Missus will only eat sushi in LA. So we drove to Little Tokyo and quickly headed to our usual sushi destination in Little Tokyo; Sushi Komasa. Sushi Komasa gets very little publicity because it's really just a good old fashioned sushi bar. But today, as we stood waiting for the 530pm opening, a Young Man came out and told us that there was a water pipe problem within the restaurant, so we had to head elsewhere to eat. Since I've heard some really good things about the prices and quality of fish at Sushi Gen, we took the short walk over to Honda Plaza and walked into Sushi Gen.
It was 535pm and the place was almost full, we were able to get one of the few remaining tables. The scene was controlled chaos, there seemed to be as many Employees as customers! In fact, I've never seen as many Itamae(Sushi Chefs), at least 8 of them! We quickly scanned the menu and the Missus ordered Her Nigiri and Makezushi by indicating amounts on the "order sheet." I had my sights on something else.
The Missus and I watched the Servers flying back and forth delivering good looking food, and making remarks like, "Hey, maybe I shoulda' ordered some tempura." And soon enough the Missus sushi arrived:
The Missus loves Albacore Nigiri, I've even seen her eat 6 orders of it in one sitting. She bit into the first one and.....not even a change in expression. So I had a piece of the Hamachi, and though the fish was good, the rice was very, very dry, and not even a taste of any "awase-zu" or vinegar flavoring. Also, there was much too much wasabi, taking away from the wonderful silkiness of the Hamachi. You must realize that I use no Wasabi, and just a drop of Shoyu with my Sushi, and it still overpowered the Nigiri. That said, all of the fish was of excellent quality.
Still, good quality fish, though not my favorite preparation.
When my dish arrived, my heart skipped a beat:
I had ordered the Deluxe Sashimi that cost $30, and worth every cent. The fish was so fresh, and of good quality. Not a loser in the bunch, and the Missus loved the little piece of Mirugai! The two items that really ranked the lowest were the "spicy tuna" and "negi-hama", I couldn't help but compare them to poke, which to my tastes they could never measure up to. I could go on ad nauseum, about the melt in your mouth toro, and the rich and smooth hamachi, but I think the photo speaks for itself.
I'd say, that this was the best sashimi I've had in a while, and even the Missus(we shared everything) who doesn't care for Toro was amazed at how good it was. Perhaps not a decadent as my Live-Uni Meal nor as interesting as our Maguro Yamakake - Aji - Shiokara meal at Izakaya Sakura, this was still a very delici-yoso!!!
Our total bill came out to a very reasonable $70, and I was sooooooo very happy! I think we'll go to Komasa for our sushi and a more laid-back vibe, and stick with the sashimi, and other items at Sushi Gen. The atmosphere at Sushi Gen on this night was a bit rushed, and there was a line out the door of people waiting for tables, I guess they know a good thing......
422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
We took our time strolling back to our car, and wandered through various shops, and the "new" Nijiya Market which replaced Enbun Market. We always walk through Yamazaki Bakery, and sometimes grab something small.
And though the Young Lady serving us was rather rude (she looked like she had a long day, and couldn't wait to close up), I pointed out something to the Missus that she just had to get:
It's a fruit tart ($1.10). But you know why she had to get it, right?
123 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012