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Sushi Ichi

633 S. Arroyo Pkwy. (California Blvd.) Send to Phone
Good mini-mall sushi joint with a veteran chef at the bar.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Sushi Ichi Restaurant Review

: In L.A., some of the top sushi joints are located in mini-malls, so we were not surprised by the quality of Sushi Ichi, a diminutive husband-and-wife operation. The small storefront accommodates just a seven-seat oak sushi bar cut by the chef himself, and a half-dozen tables. White walls, blonde wood and a few vintage saké posters provide a casual but dignified setting. You can get teriyaki and noodle dishes, but this is a place for sushi, where a veteran chef is meticulous about his cutting and plating (which sometimes results in a pacing that demands patience). There are always interesting specials, such as loup de mer, sea bream or kohada, and they are very accommodating in addressing special requests. A blue crab, soy paper-wrapped roll is nicely prepared, halibut sashimi is artfully presented, and the toro melts in your mouth. Even standard fare is dressed up with shiso leaves, kelp and peppers. A small selection of saké is offered, and green tea mochi or black sesame ice cream makes for a clean finish. The sushi bar is strictly omakase, so be sure you’ve budgeted properly before you commit to the experience.
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