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To most people living in Los Angeles, eating sushi comes to them as naturally and as often as breathing. You will find sushi dens every few blocks, on a rate where you wonder if there are enough fish in the sea to sustain the local culture. While L.A. has numerous gems like Katsuya, Yamashiro (known mainly for its view) and Hirozen, here are three gems that you should not miss.
Do you want your own "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" experience in Los Angeles? You may find it at Urasawa. Known to be one of the top (in quality and price) sushi restaurants in the country, Urasawa might be considered a bucket list restaurant to most people. Chef-owner Hiroyuki Urasawa obsessively creates each bit of melt-in-your-mouth sushi for a tiny bar area that seats 10 people at a time.
Dine on chef Nobu Matsuhisa's signature dishes—wagyu tacos, seabass jalapeno miso, kanpachi sashimi, black cod with miso—and a delectable sushi selection in two locations on La Cienega Blvd. and seaside in Malibu.
Chef Kazunori Nozawa (aka the "Sushi Nazi") left his famed Studio City sushi outpost to man locations of Sugarfish in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Marina del Rey, downtown and Studio City. You won't find fancy rolls and sauces here because chef Nozawa chooses to focus on the highest level of fish and rice. Although you may order a la carte, most everyone selects from one of three "Trust Me" menus that feature what the chef deems to be the freshest and highest quality sushi of the day. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.
It’s very well known that Los Angeles has celebrity owned and high-end restaurants that serve some of the best food in the country. It’s a given that no matter where you go, you’re going to get something great. When you’re looking for a place to get the best sushi, leave it to Los Angeles to offer you the best.
Yamashiro isn’t just known for it’s amazing view (since it sits atop a mountain), it’s known for it’s exquisite and gourmet sushi rolls. Their rolls aren’t just any kind that you can order anywhere, these are “designer” sushi rolls – you can’t get them anywhere else! Not only are they unique but they are also made with the best quality fish and made to order.
Another great and famous spot is the popular Katsuya, you maybe spending a ton of money on a small 6-roll order, but you’ll leave satisfied and wanting more.