9240 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
I found this great spot while perusing through the menus during the last DineLA event back in July. Although reviews were really great, I wasn’t expecting much, since c’mon, how great can sushi be on the Westside when compared to Little Tokyo or South Bay? But I’m happy to say, it quite blew me away!
The restaurant is located right next to the Trader Joe’s in downtown Culver City. Parking is easy — just park in the same structure as Trader Joes, first 2 hours is free if I remember correctly. There is limited sushi bar seating, and the restaurant is not big by any means, so reservations are recommended. Service was quick and friendly. Food was so good that I went there twice during DineLA week! 🙂
So here’s what I tried for the DineLA dinner prix fixe ($45):
Loved how the hot tea is served in a pot!
Spicy tuna crispy — spicy tuna on baked brown rice cracker . The rice cracker was a bit too dense, but the spicy tuna was really good. Supplemental appetizer $7.
Oyster Half Shell with Uni & Caviar – fresh oyster in half shell topped with sea urchin and caviar (2 pcs). This was so luxurious that it’s almost sinful, although I couldn’t really taste the caviar. I didn’t think uni would go well with oysters, but wow, yum yum yum!
We also got a albacore salad to share. 6 large slices of tuna with garlic ponzu sauce. This was very tasty! $18
Assorted sashimi – salmon, maguro and albacore tuna. The salmon was one of the best I’ve had — just melted in my mouth! All the fish was really fresh.
Lobster roll with asparagus wrapped in soy paper. The lobster tail is just for show — the meat is all in the roll already. This was good but not as mind-blowing as the uni oyster or the sashimi.
Dessert – I think this had to be the show-stopper! There was so many ingredients in this dessert, it was almost insane. It’s vanilla ice topped with taro sauce, mochi balls, fresh mangos strawberries and blueberries, slivered almonds, and finally finished off with 2 Pocky sticks. The combo worked though and it was awesome! Not sure if they have this all the time or if it was a DineLA special…
And here’s the DineLA lunch prix fixe ($25 per set):
Started off with some miso soup. Miso soup is miso soup, not bad.
Lunch set #1
First course – crab sunomono – crab with cucumber and seaweed in sweet vinegar sauce. Pretty refreshing.
Second course: deluxe sushi assortment — unagi, shrimp, whitefish, yellow-tail, salmon, albacore and maguro nigiri with a popcorn shrimp with asparagus roll. I tried a few of the sushi and they were really good!
Lunch set #2
First course: seafood tempura — salmon, whitefish, shrimp and calamari. The tempura was crispy yet light. Loved it!
Second course: Chirashi — I think the picture pretty much says it all — it’s an assortment of salmon, shrimp, albacore, whitefish, salmon egg, spicy tuna and egg cake on a bed of sushi rice. The fish was very fresh and the portion was generous. Delicious!
Can’t wait for the next DineLA to start in January!!!