207 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.047754 -118.239352
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, Civic Center / Little Tokyo
Best food in town
Food is amazing. Every time I come here, I feel like I never want to leave. Very chic atmosphere with a relaxing mood.
The service is great and the staff really does a terrific job at taking care of you.
The appetizers are delicious.
Theres plenty of places to park: theres a parking lot across the street and a parkin garage up the street within walking distance.
Most of the time I find myself looking at my watch waiting for the food to come, but here I was so entertained with the fun atmosphere that I was pleasantly surprised when my food arrived
The good reviews are wayyy out of date – When I came to review this restaurant and saw its 5 star rating I wondered if I was in an alternate universe. Then I saw the dates of the other reviews and noted that most of the other reviews apply to a restaurant that is now closed. It figures.
I've been coming to this new incarnation for several years. It's been going downhill.
As of our last visit, in March 2011, this place is HORRIBLE. The food was dreadful, the fish was old and tasted oily and fishy, and the service was slow and cranky, We were there for almost an hour and a half for lunch on a workday (way too long). The food was not served at the same time, but was served over 20 minutes. The servers did not offer drink refills or otherwise check on us. Best of all, the menu states that a tip of 15% will be added for parties of 7 or more. Since our party was smaller, they added 20%.
I won't be back.
Best valued sushi place in downtown LA – Former Hamakawa now named Tenno sushi.........was so good.
Price was so moderate but sushi was Oishi!!! =tasty
It was better than any other expensiver sushi restaurant around this area.
Will be back soon!!!!
CLOSED – sadly this place is now closed. it has been replaced with something called tenno sushi which in my first dinner there was not nearly the same as hamakawa was on quality and price.
Fresh, Fresh Fish – Some of the freshest fish in LA! My friend took my husband and I there and we were blown away by the quality of the fish! We, in turn, took my family there and my cousin from San Francisco (sushi aficionado) could not stop raving about Hamakawa! The slices of fish are huge and so fresh that you would think that they had just sliced it off the fish itself! Their other dishes are good too...especially the Beef Tataki! Plus the place is open late at night.
Was told to come then turned away – this time i came earlier and didnt bother with a reservation or put any trust in it.
so now that i've eaten there what do i think? the place was pretty good as i expected, as the sushi was just as good as sushi gens across the street, the other top place in little tokyo.
What i ordered otherwise was a bit lacking, but it was more my fault, even the waitress warned me i may not like it, which i appreciated. It was Tuna Sashimi with a sticky potato paste (i did not know it was a paste). I fully intend to go back and try more dishes that may better fit my pallet, but in the meantime, the top qualiy fish and best red snapper (i think its by default japanese snapper there, which is excellent) in town earn my reccomendation.
One of the best I've had and I've tried many – I was in Little Tokyo with my parents and my friend, and my dad just picked this restaurant simply based on how crowded it looked. We were in for a very pleasant surprise. The service was absolutely impeccable, the food was great, and the prices were reasonable. Made me wish I lived in L.A. We tried their sushi and sashimi as well as lots of small dishes and their udon. On par with some of the best Japanese restaurants (not one of those very expensive ones like Nobu, but mid-price ones) one could find in NY, and offers a greater variety.
Freshest Ever – Hamakawa is easily the best of at least 20 different sushi restaurants I've eaten at in my lifetime.
There is no other place better than this - 2nd review worth mentioning! – First of all, as a nigiri sushi fanatic, let me just say this: There is no place that can top Hamakawa at the moment, and certainly you won't find a place that serves the FRESHEST FISH and the GIGANTIC size portion that they give you! Now, the honorable mention: The 1st week of May, 2005 (my birthday), my girlfriend had decided that we go to Hamakawa for the 2nd time. When we got there, the tables were full except for the bar and there was another birthday party going on, but we rather wait. Suddenly the crew set up a nice little table on the side of the bar (perfect spot for 2) and everything's just perfect from there on. The sushi was always fresh and good in size quantity and its got this rich silky velvety taste to it. The establishment was squeaky clean and the service and hospitality was excellent as usual. From all the above mentioned, the two times we went there was beyond satifactory.
Great Sushi and Hours – Upon entering Hamakawa, the simple decor did not divulge much about what I was about to taste. The cooked cod dish was great and the nigiri was generous. The fish was extremely fresh and I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a casual sushi dinner or sushi snack without murdering your wallet.
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