If this restaurant is a favorite of one of the best chef's in the United States, this for me is the best sushi in Los Angeles.
Mr. Craig Thornton (Wolvesmouth -- one of the hardest places to get a reservation -- it took me two years) drives from his home in Downtown Los Angeles just to eat here.
Every time I eat here I am blown away by the freshness of each item.
TIP: If you want simple traditional sushi using the freshest ingredients -- this is the spot. If you're not too picky and have an open mind, go with the chef's tasting menu ($35) or their Omakase (a great value) which will both get you really full... and happy.
Eating here is all about the quality of fish and not the ambience so keep this in mind during your first visit.
Pleased to read that Sushi Spot made the list of 2014 LA Best Sushi Deals! The secret is out for my favorite sushi restaurant in Los Angeles --
Pricy it was and is one of the best in Los Angeles according to Los Angeles Magazine and the LA Time food critic, Jonathan Gold. I have always wanted to try this place, but the potential high price tag scared me off.
Just so you know, the prices of the regular nigiri sushi is reasonable. Now if you venture off to the exotic, in their exotic display case, that when the prices can be $$$$. Go for the weird stuff and expect to pay Beverly Hills prices.
Go's Mart is "hidden" in the West Valley in a non-descript location and shopping center. There's no sign with the restaurant name and all you will see is "sushi". Most likely you will not know of this place, unless you are a hardcore foodie.
I had the most unbelievable bite of kobe beef ("holy cow") that afternoon. I was advised that most kobe beef is artificially called kobe beef. The one bite I had was out of this world good. My heart almost skipped a beat with the mind-blowing bite. The beef melted in my mouth and I fell in love.
I started my sushi tasting with toro topped with gold flakes, and was a bit disappointed as I have had better toro at another sushi restaurant in LA. It didn't melt in my mouth and it was chewy. I also tried the uni topped with truffle oil -- also OMG good that I almost cried.
I also had the freshwater and saltwater eel -- both excellent in presentation/execution and taste. Probably the best eel eating experience in my life.
I am now inspired to do as many have done who have reviewed and watch "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".
Go is a sushi master. He is not the sushi nazi that some make him out to be. He is the friendliest sushi chef I have ever met. Very likable, although he does lack a bit of humility when it comes to his craft. He knows he is good and according to him, no one can make sushi as well as he does. I can forgive him as he left me with a great first impression and I will return again.
Adding this place to my favorite sushi stops in Los Angeles. I suggest going for the weird stuff when venturing here. Just be cautious of how many you order, as the price can add up as prices are not listed. Go with an open mind and an open wallet -- and enjoy a great sushi experience! There is limited seating available at the bar -- I suggest going during non-peak hours (whatever time you think that will be). You must sit at the bar and meet the sushi master. Don't be turned off by the ambience as this is a sushi dive with Beverly Hills prices -- a very unique and memorable sushi experience.
Some have put Go's Mart at the same level as Urasawa in Beverly Hills (but less expensive) and also compared to the best sushi restaurant in the world located in Tokyo.
I had this neighborhod gem bookmarked for the longest time. Finally, after reading that Gwyneth Paltrow recommended it in her blog goop.com, I decided to give it a try.
Ventura Boulevard definitely is spot to try sushi as there are so many options for you to choose from. In one block, you can find three sushi restaurants.
For those that like rolls heavily doused in sauce, there are places for you. If you like fusion, you can also find many in the area. What I appreciate are those uncrowded sushi places that are yet undiscovered that focus on the freshness and hand selected fish.
Sushi Yotsuya is a traditional sushi restaurant and one of the best in Los Angeles.
The restaurant is located in an unassuming valley strip mall by Chic Wide Shoes and across the more bustling Kushi-yu for those that like fusion, buzzing, and crowded sushi restaurants.
Outside of the restaurant you will see the sign "Sushi" only and no name. Only those "in the know" seem to know about this place.
Once you walk in, someone might greet you and ask if this is your first time. If it is, they might read you a set of rules --
No spicy tuna
No California rolls
My kind of place! I said to myself.
I was offered a place at the sushi bar for omakase, but as a first timer, I opted for a table and order from the menu.
I ordered the following:
omelet - the best I've had so far
alfonsino (recommended by the chef to finish off the meal)
All very good quality fish -- the melt in your mouth variety and clean tasting.
Prices are what you would expect for a place like this. Sushi I ordered was priced from $4.50 to $8.50 per order.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience and highly recommend this restaurant for lovers traditional sushi without the fuss of a trendy chi-chi environment. The service was professional, friendly, and attentive. The place was not busy with only one server working the evening of my visit.
Note that if you sit at the bar, you will order omakase (chef's choice) starting at $50 per person. If you sit at the table, you'll be given a slip of paper with a limited amount of sushi to choose from. Again, the emphasis is on fresh fish and not fish covered in sauce or spicy tuna to mask fish that is not great quality.
One of my favorite places for sushi in Los Angeles!
I recommend going with any of the prix fixe items and sharing. Everything about this place was top notch. From the host to the professional dining staff, we were treated really well here. No pretense -- just great quality sushi in a casual environment.
Although you'll be dining with the well-heeled denizens of Calabasas, you can feel comfortable walking in in shorts, flip-flops, and a t-shirt.
You will love this place if you can appreciate a simple menu of traditional sushi. You will hate this place, if you think sushi is a California roll or you have the need to douse your meal in spicy mayo and eel sauce.
Cash only and no frills sushi joint.
I remember everything I ate here was so fresh.
This is highly recommended by Jonathan Gold as best in the city.
To updated during my next visit.
Yes, I'm a fan.
My co-workers who dined here when they had their grand opening told me this place was expensive so I have hesitated dining here. Today, I visited with some colleagues from work and was surprised -- pleasantly surprised.
The previous restaurant, Kaiten, served really bad quality sushi that forcibly I ate a few times when my co-workers would invite me out to lunch with them. So with this new place, I didn't expect much based on Kaiten being a horrible place to eat and with my co-workers comments of it being expensive.
I went with the CEOs pick (who has dined here before), the nigiri sushi lunch combo special for $17. What I got was miso soup, salad and large plate of fresh, clean tasting fish. The fish was so fresh, I did not need to mask the flavor with soy sauce.
I highly recommended and feel very lucky to have another choice on the Boulevard of the many high quality sushi places in the Encino and Tarzana area.
I read that Chef Ryota Okumura has worked at some of the best sushi restaurants in LA: Sushi Zo, Koi, and Katana.
For more about the restaurant and the chef, click here to read the Eater LA article --
For you "That 70's Show" fans, I saw Wilmer Valderamma eat here.
I had the special combo B.
What a great value for sushi. The sushi tasted really fresh and from the same owners of Sasabune in West LA, which is one of the best places for sushi in Los Angeles.
I can visit in PJs and feel comfortable here. You order at the counter then they bring you your food. No frills, casual and I love it.
Definitely one of the sushi spots I will frequent in the Valley.
$11.95 - Choice of Roll (cut of hand)
+ 5pc sushi & miso soup or salad
(1pc Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, 2pc Albacore)
Great value and five stars for quality and value.
Not sure why it is not busy as this place is one of the Valley's many hidden gems for dining.
Just like Katsu-ya but tapas style portions for sharing. Go here if you like fusion style sushi, but better quality than Kabuki. Katsu-ya is definitely a place where you take people who have never tried sushi before. They really dress sushi up with sea salt and other spices to kick up the flavor.
I would recommend the corn tempura and any of their sushi. Ask the sushi chef for their recommendations.
You can ask the sushi chef about the different omakase levels they have.
What they excel here is service. While we were waiting for a table, they asked us if we wanted anything to drink which is very rare at a restaurant. First time I was asked if I wanted a drink while waiting for a table.
Our sushi chef was friendly and knowledgable. I'd definitely return here. The place is small so I hope it doesn't become too popular.
That' some really pricey sashimi. I ordered three small plates (kanpachi with serrano peppers, blue fin tuna, orange clam) and total with tea (I had to ask for refills -- not that great of service), tax, and tip was $107.
Michelin rated is why I have always wanted to eat here ordering whatever the chef recommended while not even asking about the cost -- I just wanted the best.
Decor is your typical Japanese restaurant included their framed prestigious Michelin-star awards.
The service was great and attentive, until a large table sat behind us in the bar that required much more attention from the staff. Service slipped as soon as that party arrived. I can tell that in the beginning there was the effort to make you feel special with their service. Sushi chef was very attentive and ready to take my order at all times at the bar.
The quality is excellent, but for $107, and being hungry still, I would return here every once in a while. It's not my daily or weekly type of restaurant unless I have Megan Fox money (who eats here). I had In-in-Out after dinner because I got really hungry two hours later.
I can now say that I have tried Michelin-rated sushi at Asenebo. Check mark off my list of places to eat in LA.
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