SLOWfish Slow Fish SLOWfish
5406 Wilshire Blvd. (S. Cloverdale Ave.)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cuisine: Japanese / Sushi / Korean
On Wilshire Boulevard find artful sushi, with some surprises.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly


SLOWfish Restaurant Review:

It’s always a treat to discover a charming neighborhood sushi spot. SLOWfish is that place, despite what purists would decry as a fusion menu (and Korean at that) offered amid a sexily cozy décor that involves many chandeliers and sleek charcoal walls. This Wilshire Boulevard sibling of the original Huntington Beach outpost attracts a younger crowd for a lively happy hour; the rest come for the food. Chef Sean An’s eye for fresh fish is as sharp as his knife; we enjoyed silky hamachi belly and pristine oysters topped with uni and ikura. Black rice sushi offers a rich, nutty taste and gives a compellingly different angle to the fish. Our most memorable moment involved the raw sweet shrimp, so fresh it arrives alive with the severed head displayed as a kinetic sculpture. The shrimp head is soon deep-fried, and it was one of the best we’ve had. Main dishes are big and bold with a good sea bass and a fall-apart, long-braised sweet-savory Korean short rib. Service is professional and there’s a good saké selection. For dessert, try the banana tempura with green tea ice cream.

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