11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006434.033370 -118.442172
Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:15pm; 6pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: West LA, West Los Angeles
Serious Sushi Shrine – Mori is serious about sushi. The fish is as top quality as any place in LA, even Urasawa. All pottery is made by Mori San himself. The rice is grown in Northern California just for Mori San. This is a place for true sushi coinnoiseurs. The sushi at Mori is noticeably much smaller and more delicate than at most sushi bars. But there is no denying the quality and freshness. I didn't even use soy sauce on one piece of sushi during a sushi omakase meal, not because i was instructed not to, but because the fish was so good I didn't want anything to take away from the taste, it's that good. This is a place for true sushi worship, not a place to stuff yourself silly on oversized rolls.
Good food, weird service – The sushi lived up to it's reputation here, it was excellent. However, toward the end of our meal, my date jokingly asked the people next to us if they were done with their ice cream, they jokingly slid it over to us, and Mori flipped out, calling them rude, saying how inappropriate that was, and generally treating us all like scolded children. Our sushi neighbors slinked out of the restaurant, and we paid our (expensive) bill amidst dirty looks from Mori. I must say, the whole thing ruined the experience, and was one of the stranger things that has happened to me in many years of LA fine dining. Perhaps it is incidents like these that make the restaurant 1/2 empty, even with the high quality of fish and friendly service from everyone besides the owner.
Great sushi. – The food is *great*. I've been to Japan a number of times, love the food, and have trouble finding decent sushi here in LA. But this place is exceptional. Pricey, but worth every penny. Wine is good there too. I really like the minimalist decor. The only thing I would change is the service; for this food, I don't expect fast service, but the waiters could be helpful. Also, we went with a group once and they did not tell us beforehand that we had to get the set menu, which was much pricier. They should have told us when we made the reservation. Still, the food is so good it won't stop us from going back.
Not for us – We're sushi lovers but maybe not the real kind because this place did not work for us at all. It was obvious that the fish was exceptional and we appreciated that. But because every element of each piece required extra attention (i.e. the rice, the fresh wasabi) the service was very slow. No place for roll eaters that's for sure. An order of sushi consists of 1 piece instead of 2 which makes if very expensive. I get the whole concept and I'm glad it works for other people but it's definetly not for everyone. If you like to think of sushi as a true art form this place is more for you.
Avoid at all costs! – You know what is overrated? This place is! Poor service, average quality on the ingredients, the only good thing: ceramics where food is served...they should consider switching form a restaurant to a cermaics store.
Waaay Overrated – It was monday night; almost all the great restaurants are closed...we wanted to eat sushi..."let's try this much hyped sushi place"...wrong choice!
To start with, I've been taking photos of the food of almost all the restaurants I've been the last 15+years(!)....then the waitress told us: "We don't allow the customers to take pictures of the food"...!!!...first time that this has happened to me...my reaction was: Perhaps they don't want people to "steal" "the look" of their creations...but, all the dishes where presented in a rather "normal" way, nothing creative, nothing new...(albeit the pottery/ceramics where it was presented, that were beautiful pieces)...
Well, let's get into the food: the rice of the sushi - "shari" - it is supposed to hold together when you grab the sushi, not fall apart... "bad shari"...and the shari came in different sizes...the maki-roll, looked like it was "rolled" by a kid, all uneven, falling apart, just ugly.
Fish: pretty decent, nothing spectacular. Asari Miso Soup: Tasted just like a cheap "Izakaya" one.
3 persons, 3 beers, 1 bottle of sake, 2 appetizers, 3 miso soups, assorted sushi = $380 with tip.
Not for the California Roll lover – The chef grows the rice, shaves the wasabi, and selects absolutely the best fish, from LA and Japan. And you WILL taste the difference. If you are used to mayo on your sushi, or a gallon of sodium free soy on your rice, do NOT go here. There are plenty of other restaurants that you will enjoy. Is this a place for a first date, or where you'll need to impress with atmosphere? Probably not. But if you want to eat sushi (or tofu, for that matter) there are very few spots that are better. And yes, it is expensive. But an indulgence well worth it. Even if only once. (BTW--as dumb as it sounds, you probably have never had tofu like this. It's amazing....really.)
Fantastic Sushi in a dated restaurant. – Fantastic dinner! Recommend w/ caveat.
Decor. Especially the tables. Small, and austere, dry, and slightly dated, both in substance and cleanliness. Tables are stale wooden fixtures, the walls - 90s white and as lacking in interest as the walls of the Getty - floor needs a good waxing too. Decent, but expect more from $$$$s. Sit at the sushi bar, though excessively bright, has good ambience and its fun.
Food. Omakase seems the way to go. Expensive, ours $150.00, but worth it. Reservations, mention your likes or dislikes for your tastes and freshness.
Charred Toro, excellent, the Uni, like sweet melted butter on rice. Very pleased, but expect nothing less, chefs choice and in LA, one expects only the best. Mori did not disappoint!!!
A definitely positive sushi experience. Expensive, but worth every penny. If they would just remodel out of the 90s it could be a $$$$$ experience
Excellent Sushi – Had great sushi at Mori the other day: o-toro, needlefish, kohada, mirugai, wild japanese yellowtail, and even baby abalone. Everything was very fresh and the service was spot on.
Worst service, not worth it!! – The food is great, most of the waiters are nice, but the manager is AWFUL! So rude that we left our dinner before finishing. You can get sushi that is just as good in about 10 other places without the attitude. Avoid this place!!
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