Finding sushi in Los Angeles is easy. Finding good sushi is another story. If you've seen the hit indie documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you know what I'm talking about. Once you experience a genuine omakase dinner (chef's choice), California rolls will no longer cut it. Instead, visit these nine authentic sushi bars in L.A.
Even sushi purists cite the $15 sashimi lunch specials here as the real deal. But if you really want to splurge, let the chef serve you his choice of the day's freshest fish.
Traditional sushi restaurant - no California rolls, etc. Orders are either a la carte sushi or chef's choice. Standard omakase pretty straightforward, but there's also a sort of secret 'Japanese omakase' with urchin, salmon roe and other more adventurous fish.
Shibucho stands out not only for the high quality of its food, but also for the charismatic personality of its owner, Shige, and his love of wine. Try an omakase meal paired with wine - even red wine!
One of the lesser known spots along Ventura Boulevard's sushi row, Kazu is also one of the best - and most expensive. Omakase generally begins with oysters, moving on to monkfish liver and nigiri. It's all exceptional.
A favorite spot of chefs, for the best experience do the daily specials. In season, the salmon sampler includes Copper River. Great sake picks, too.
The absolute pinnacle of Japanese food and sushi in L.A., and worth every pretty penny of its $395 baseline price tag. A meal here should be on the bucket list of every serious sushi lover in the city.
At Hiko Sushi, the chef is in charge. Should you wish to sit at the sushi bar, you must submit to his rules, which is omakase only. No matter if you have allergies, dietary restrictions, etc. The payoff is fantastic fish served on warm rice.
Located on a sleepy stretch of Robertson, Kiyokawa doesn't garner as much of the limelight as other sushi spots of its caliber, but it also does just fine with the many regulars. Order the omakase, which usually includes raw and cooked dishes.
Serious sushi bar in a WeHo mini mall. They make it very clear that there's no trendy sushi rolls, teriyaki, etc. The bar is omakase only - chefs choice - but they do ask about allergies and dislikes. It's also popular with low key celebs.