Sushi Sasabune

★★★★★
  • 12400 Wilshire Blvd ,Ste 150

    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  • 310-820-3596

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I've eaten at Sasabune about 10 times a year since 1996. A few times, the sushi was not up to par, by Sasabune standards which is extremely high. I ate (the omakase) at the new location a few nights ago and was thoroughly disappointed. The sushi was mediorcre, and the service was horrible. I asked for tea from two different waitresses, and after 20 minutes I asked a worker bussing tables who brought some promptly. The sauteed lobster and miso soup were new yet unappetizing. The butterfish was not supple, and the ono was falling apart. My companions and I noticed that the same serving of fish varied in size and most were poorly cut. We did not drink much unlike most nights at Sasabune but the bill was about $15-20 higher than normal. Overall: average for sushi and way below average for Sasabune. The price--not worth the mediocre quality.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at Sasabune about 10 times a year since 1996. A few times, the sushi was not up to par, by Sasabune standards which is extremely high. I ate (the omakase) at the new location a few nights ago and was thoroughly disappointed. The sushi was mediorcre, and the service was horrible. I asked for tea from two different waitresses, and after 20 minutes I asked a worker bussing tables who brought some promptly. The sauteed lobster and miso soup were new yet unappetizing. The butterfish was not supple, and the ono was falling apart. My companions and I noticed that the same serving of fish varied in size and most were poorly cut. We did not drink much unlike most nights at Sasabune but the bill was about $15-20 higher than normal. Overall: average for sushi and way below average for Sasabune. The price--not worth the mediocre quality.

Pros: ample parking, toro

Cons: expensive, average quality sushi, poor service

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I've been going to Sasabune for about 2 years now, about once a month on average. The quality of sushi hasn't changed at all. It's still the mouthwatering, melt in your mouth sushi I've come to expect for $70-80 per person. As they have changed locations to a much bigger, classier place, it's not as loud and cramped as it was before and service got a lot better than before. Upon sitting down, you're asked if you want the chef special, which just means the chef gives you whatever is most fresh. Get it, trust him. I recommend getting the Japanese special, which has more exotic fish selection, which usually include monk fish liver, abalone, uni, japanese oyster (it's really small, but sweeter), sweet shrimp, etc. While the price is a bit expensive, I can't help it as the sushi at Sasabune is amazingly good. Best in LA.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Sasabune for about 2 years now, about once a month on average. The quality of sushi hasn't changed at all. It's still the mouthwatering, melt in your mouth sushi I've come to expect for $70-80 per person. As they have changed locations to a much bigger, classier place, it's not as loud and cramped as it was before and service got a lot better than before. Upon sitting down, you're asked if you want the chef special, which just means the chef gives you whatever is most fresh. Get it, trust him. I recommend getting the Japanese special, which has more exotic fish selection, which usually include monk fish liver, abalone, uni, japanese oyster (it's really small, but sweeter), sweet shrimp, etc. While the price is a bit expensive, I can't help it as the sushi at Sasabune is amazingly good. Best in LA.

Pros: food

Cons: price

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First time I went, I was forewarned: No rolls, no cold rice, no ordering for yourself. Sit at the bar, and let the chef give you what's best that day. It was the best sushi experience I've ever had. Even today, after countless visits and after trying the top sushi places in NY (Yasuda, Sushi of Gari and Nobu), nothing compares to the amazing fish at Sasabune. If you go expecting spider rolls, edamame, cold rice and green tea ice cream, then forget it. Go for the fish, and the crab handrolls, and the eel and the uni.
There is no better sushi in LA. It will be an eye opening experience.

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★★★★★

First time I went, I was forewarned: No rolls, no cold rice, no ordering for yourself. Sit at the bar, and let the chef give you what's best that day. It was the best sushi experience I've ever had. Even today, after countless visits and after trying the top sushi places in NY (Yasuda, Sushi of Gari and Nobu), nothing compares to the amazing fish at Sasabune. If you go expecting spider rolls, edamame, cold rice and green tea ice cream, then forget it. Go for the fish, and the crab handrolls, and the eel and the uni.
There is no better sushi in LA. It will be an eye opening experience.

Pros: Fish, New tastes, Fish

Cons: Indifferent service

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The fish is average, but the rice is too warm. Too expensive for quailty. Impersonal. I wondered if the fish was precut. i saw a tray come from in back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The fish is average, but the rice is too warm. Too expensive for quailty. Impersonal. I wondered if the fish was precut. i saw a tray come from in back.

Pros: clean

Cons: Expensive, Crowded, Closed on Weekend

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The restaurant itself is rather small and not very fancy. The sushi itself more than makes up for it. You get several dishes that the chef chooses for the day for the flat price of $50. If your palette is yearning for fresh, authentic sushi, Sushi Sasabune is the place to go. You will not appreciate this place if you are in the mood for California rolls, spicy tuna rolls and the typical dishes normally served at more Americanized Japanese restaurants.

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★★★★★

The restaurant itself is rather small and not very fancy. The sushi itself more than makes up for it. You get several dishes that the chef chooses for the day for the flat price of $50. If your palette is yearning for fresh, authentic sushi, Sushi Sasabune is the place to go. You will not appreciate this place if you are in the mood for California rolls, spicy tuna rolls and the typical dishes normally served at more Americanized Japanese restaurants.

Pros: great food

Cons: small restaurant

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had dinner here last night, and although it's a rather big restaurant the sushi quality didn't suffer in any way. the albacore, toro, yellowtail all melt in your mouth. the blue crab handroll was amazing, as was the salmon skin handroll (which i NEVER order anywhere) which seemed like it was marinated in a delicious sauce. the service was very nice and the staff attentive. in general, the style of doing things is very much like Nozawa, but with a smile. price was $100 for two people, very reasonable for the quality of fish served.

2
★★★★★

had dinner here last night, and although it's a rather big restaurant the sushi quality didn't suffer in any way. the albacore, toro, yellowtail all melt in your mouth. the blue crab handroll was amazing, as was the salmon skin handroll (which i NEVER order anywhere) which seemed like it was marinated in a delicious sauce. the service was very nice and the staff attentive. in general, the style of doing things is very much like Nozawa, but with a smile. price was $100 for two people, very reasonable for the quality of fish served.

Pros: great quality, good service, reasonably priced

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This was a AWFUL lunchtime sushi experience. Not only do they enforce a minimum order and refuse to make spicy tuna, but they charge an outrageous amount for BAD SUSHI! Every piece/roll we had came with loose rice and they would not give us plates to catch the rice that was falling out all over the table and us. Our lunch consisted of a loosely-rolled, bone-filled, uncut (not a handroll) salmon skin roll, a tuna roll, sickly sweet shrimp with a nauseating texture (2 pcs for $9!), eel, toro and albacore. The above items added up to $60. For 2 people. There are dozens of better places to get sushi in this city. Spare yourself and your wallet.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was a AWFUL lunchtime sushi experience. Not only do they enforce a minimum order and refuse to make spicy tuna, but they charge an outrageous amount for BAD SUSHI! Every piece/roll we had came with loose rice and they would not give us plates to catch the rice that was falling out all over the table and us. Our lunch consisted of a loosely-rolled, bone-filled, uncut (not a handroll) salmon skin roll, a tuna roll, sickly sweet shrimp with a nauseating texture (2 pcs for $9!), eel, toro and albacore. The above items added up to $60. For 2 people. There are dozens of better places to get sushi in this city. Spare yourself and your wallet.

Cons: Expensive, Bad sushi, Limited choices

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I was very excited to have the chance to come to LA and try the original, now in a new more up-scale (though still not quite as nice as that in Honolulu) location.
The food here is on-par with that in the Honolulu location - no surprise since the chef in Honlulu was trained here. The rice is intentionally warm and sticky, with cool fish - a superb combination which must be eaten shortly after it's served to ensure the fish doesn't start to warm. The only difference I found here was that there was a bit more rice in each piece than in the Honolulu location, sometimes overwhelming the fish a bit. Other than that, you'll find here nothing short of the finest sushi experience in the 48 contiguous states.

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★★★★★

I was very excited to have the chance to come to LA and try the original, now in a new more up-scale (though still not quite as nice as that in Honolulu) location.
The food here is on-par with that in the Honolulu location - no surprise since the chef in Honlulu was trained here. The rice is intentionally warm and sticky, with cool fish - a superb combination which must be eaten shortly after it's served to ensure the fish doesn't start to warm. The only difference I found here was that there was a bit more rice in each piece than in the Honolulu location, sometimes overwhelming the fish a bit. Other than that, you'll find here nothing short of the finest sushi experience in the 48 contiguous states.

Pros: food, freshness, service

Cons: decor

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I live in SF, but everytime I travel down to LA sasabune is one stop I dont want to miss. (I have to drive 90 miles each way to have their sushi) Been there twice and going down to Santa Monica to have their sushi again soon!
My Gf and I always get the omakase. Last time we had something like the blue fin tuna toro, Abalone with citus dressing, and sea urchin dunkan that taste like the ocean. the dinner was out of this world. Each time we visit there is something different on the omakase menu, last time was about 80 per person plus tax. Is it worth the price? you bet.

2
★★★★★

I live in SF, but everytime I travel down to LA sasabune is one stop I dont want to miss. (I have to drive 90 miles each way to have their sushi) Been there twice and going down to Santa Monica to have their sushi again soon!
My Gf and I always get the omakase. Last time we had something like the blue fin tuna toro, Abalone with citus dressing, and sea urchin dunkan that taste like the ocean. the dinner was out of this world. Each time we visit there is something different on the omakase menu, last time was about 80 per person plus tax. Is it worth the price? you bet.

Pros: Good food, warm rice

Cons: Hole in the wall, crowded

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My husband & I are in constant search of the best sushi in LA, & this so far is at the top. We had dinner last week at the West LA spot that looked very deceiving (looked like an old house with no signs, just a neon SUSHI). We wanted to do ala carte but I guess we didn't make that clear, so we ended up getting omakase instead - no regrets though! No rainbow or caterpillar rolls here - just honest-to-goodness sushi. They even tell you not to put soy sauce on a lot of the nigiri, as the flavor of the fish was just amazing by itself. They felt like velvet! I've been to maybe 20 sushi spots locally, but none have been this fresh (don't mind the ambience though - there's none to speak of). Came out to about $50/pax.

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★★★★★

My husband & I are in constant search of the best sushi in LA, & this so far is at the top. We had dinner last week at the West LA spot that looked very deceiving (looked like an old house with no signs, just a neon SUSHI). We wanted to do ala carte but I guess we didn't make that clear, so we ended up getting omakase instead - no regrets though! No rainbow or caterpillar rolls here - just honest-to-goodness sushi. They even tell you not to put soy sauce on a lot of the nigiri, as the flavor of the fish was just amazing by itself. They felt like velvet! I've been to maybe 20 sushi spots locally, but none have been this fresh (don't mind the ambience though - there's none to speak of). Came out to about $50/pax.

Pros: Freshest Fish, Friendly Staff, Good Value For Money

Cons: No Ambience ---, but who cares???

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today was my 4th time there in as many months, since I moved to LA (I wish it could be more often, but it's a bit pricey even for the corp. card). as soon as I learned that I was going there for lunch (about an hour prior) my mouth started watering and all I could think of was the sushi, always the chef's special (omikase). I basically got no work done during that hour.

the fact that they're moving to Bundy & Wilshire, now I might never leave brentwood. hopefully the fact that the new location will get overrun by annoying b-wood yuppies (myself included) won't diminish the overall experience. and the food will more than make up for the more "corporate" feel of being in a b-wood hi-rise (12400 wilshire I think is the future address). plus, I'm sure parking will be easier.

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★★★★★

today was my 4th time there in as many months, since I moved to LA (I wish it could be more often, but it's a bit pricey even for the corp. card). as soon as I learned that I was going there for lunch (about an hour prior) my mouth started watering and all I could think of was the sushi, always the chef's special (omikase). I basically got no work done during that hour.

the fact that they're moving to Bundy & Wilshire, now I might never leave brentwood. hopefully the fact that the new location will get overrun by annoying b-wood yuppies (myself included) won't diminish the overall experience. and the food will more than make up for the more "corporate" feel of being in a b-wood hi-rise (12400 wilshire I think is the future address). plus, I'm sure parking will be easier.

Pros: Warm Rice, Best Sauces, Real Wasabe

Cons: Parking

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I'm no newbie when it comes to high-end sushi, and I couldn't think of a reason I hadn't been to Sasabune before, as I've driven past it dozens of times. I finally tried it with a small group tonight and I have to say, this is one of the best sushi restaurants I've ever been to. The Hump at the Santa Monica airport has far better ambience, and the rice is warm like Echigo on Santa Monica Blvd, but Sasabune is right up there in the top 3 for sure.

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★★★★★

I'm no newbie when it comes to high-end sushi, and I couldn't think of a reason I hadn't been to Sasabune before, as I've driven past it dozens of times. I finally tried it with a small group tonight and I have to say, this is one of the best sushi restaurants I've ever been to. The Hump at the Santa Monica airport has far better ambience, and the rice is warm like Echigo on Santa Monica Blvd, but Sasabune is right up there in the top 3 for sure.

Pros: excellent quality, friendly staff

Cons: delayed seating

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Let me first say that this restaurant is a diamond in the rough. It looks like a house, but the sushi is some of the best. The Hamachi and Maguro are extremely fresh and clean. The rice is perfect, and no attention to sushi detail is forgotten. Sasabune takes sushi as an artform, but this precision also bears a high price tag.

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★★★★☆

Let me first say that this restaurant is a diamond in the rough. It looks like a house, but the sushi is some of the best. The Hamachi and Maguro are extremely fresh and clean. The rice is perfect, and no attention to sushi detail is forgotten. Sasabune takes sushi as an artform, but this precision also bears a high price tag.

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We were coming in to LA to visit family (from Bay Area) and asked where we could get great sushi. Our die hard friends recommended Sasabune, and we're glad we went! It's just the kind of place we wanted-not trendy and "sceney", reasonably priced, and the fish was straight forward and perfect! The fish came out a bit too quickly, but that didn't deter us from enjoying every bite. The salmon was noteworthy as was the kampache and butterfish. If you are serious about sushi, eat there. NOW.

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★★★★★

We were coming in to LA to visit family (from Bay Area) and asked where we could get great sushi. Our die hard friends recommended Sasabune, and we're glad we went! It's just the kind of place we wanted-not trendy and "sceney", reasonably priced, and the fish was straight forward and perfect! The fish came out a bit too quickly, but that didn't deter us from enjoying every bite. The salmon was noteworthy as was the kampache and butterfish. If you are serious about sushi, eat there. NOW.

Pros: fresh fish, reasonably priced, good service

Cons: not atmospheric, Is in LA, not SF!

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All the positive reviews are true. If you haven't been here, you are seriously missing out. I've never had such amazing sushi in my life. I don't know about elsewhere in the world i.e. Japan, but it just doesn't get better than this in LA. Service and decor leaves something to be desired, but this is definitely the place for fresh, superb, melt-in-your-mouth fish.

2
★★★★★

All the positive reviews are true. If you haven't been here, you are seriously missing out. I've never had such amazing sushi in my life. I don't know about elsewhere in the world i.e. Japan, but it just doesn't get better than this in LA. Service and decor leaves something to be desired, but this is definitely the place for fresh, superb, melt-in-your-mouth fish.

Pros: Fish, Fish, Fish

Cons: Decor, Long wait in between

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First off. If you think sushi is California Rolls and the Wasabi you get at most Sushi restaurants is actually Wasabi, go somewhere else. Hands down, no BS, this is the best Sushi you can get in California. As a sushi lover, I have dined @ hundreds of Sushi restaurants. Nothing compares to this place. The freshest of fish, the rarest cuts, and, the perfect accompanying sauces. For the best dining experience, make a reservation and sit at the bar.

BTW, if fish wholesalers are only open M-F, how do other Sushi restaurants offer fresh fish on Saturday / Sunday? Think about it...

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★★★★★

First off. If you think sushi is California Rolls and the Wasabi you get at most Sushi restaurants is actually Wasabi, go somewhere else. Hands down, no BS, this is the best Sushi you can get in California. As a sushi lover, I have dined @ hundreds of Sushi restaurants. Nothing compares to this place. The freshest of fish, the rarest cuts, and, the perfect accompanying sauces. For the best dining experience, make a reservation and sit at the bar.

BTW, if fish wholesalers are only open M-F, how do other Sushi restaurants offer fresh fish on Saturday / Sunday? Think about it...

Pros: Fresh

Cons: No weekend hours, Parking, Decor

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My friend had recommended this place and I was up for it. Really good sushi is hard to find, esp. those that focus on the real stuff - not just rolls. This was as good as everyone says. Everything melted in your mouth. The toro was by far the best toro I have EVER had. My friends and I thought it was so good, we had to order it for the a la carte part. The crab roll was also an excellent ending. As for service, we thought everyone was so accommadating. We were always being helped. This is def. a place to go. No frills - just really great quality sushi.

2
★★★★★

My friend had recommended this place and I was up for it. Really good sushi is hard to find, esp. those that focus on the real stuff - not just rolls. This was as good as everyone says. Everything melted in your mouth. The toro was by far the best toro I have EVER had. My friends and I thought it was so good, we had to order it for the a la carte part. The crab roll was also an excellent ending. As for service, we thought everyone was so accommadating. We were always being helped. This is def. a place to go. No frills - just really great quality sushi.

Pros: Great service, fresh fish, worth the money

Cons: Not opened weekends

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I read all the reviews previously here. To summarize, its basically an amazing restaurant for a raw bar. Everything else is so so. The service is quick, but totally impersonal, and watching the sushi bar, even the people sitting there were completly removed from the sushi chefs. For the quality of the fish, I have never had anything that matches this, but for a nice cozy sushi dinner, one that will still provides great food, at half the price, and with a personal touch to match, there are other places in Santa Monica that do that.

2
★★★★☆

I read all the reviews previously here. To summarize, its basically an amazing restaurant for a raw bar. Everything else is so so. The service is quick, but totally impersonal, and watching the sushi bar, even the people sitting there were completly removed from the sushi chefs. For the quality of the fish, I have never had anything that matches this, but for a nice cozy sushi dinner, one that will still provides great food, at half the price, and with a personal touch to match, there are other places in Santa Monica that do that.

Pros: great fish

Cons: impersonal, loud, expensive

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No doubt the best quality sushi in Los Angeles, if not the world! Every bite is to die and and melts in your mouth! Albacore sashimi, Blue Fin Tuna, Toro, Yellowtail belly, butterfish, slipjack, blue fin crab handroll are all to die for! Super Highly recommend! Nozawa's apprentice Nobi is now the Master!

2
★★★★★

No doubt the best quality sushi in Los Angeles, if not the world! Every bite is to die and and melts in your mouth! Albacore sashimi, Blue Fin Tuna, Toro, Yellowtail belly, butterfish, slipjack, blue fin crab handroll are all to die for! Super Highly recommend! Nozawa's apprentice Nobi is now the Master!

Pros: Quality, Fresh, Taste

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Ok the sushi is great. It is the West side's equivalent to Sushi Nozawa. That said is $80 for a great sushi lunch in a no ambience joint really worth it? Maybe once in a while for fun but maybe I'll just invest in a rice cooker, some nijiri sheets and fresh fish and do it myself for a lot less.

PROS: Some of the best sushi in LA
CONS: Some of the most expensive sushi in LA

4
★★★★☆

Ok the sushi is great. It is the West side's equivalent to Sushi Nozawa. That said is $80 for a great sushi lunch in a no ambience joint really worth it? Maybe once in a while for fun but maybe I'll just invest in a rice cooker, some nijiri sheets and fresh fish and do it myself for a lot less.

PROS: Some of the best sushi in LA
CONS: Some of the most expensive sushi in LA

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i came here on a date and was very unimpressed with the decor or lack of it. i guess alot of people assume that chef nobi kusahara wants to focus solely on the food and not the ambience. u have no choice but to order the tasting menu (approx $50/person) and you must be comfortable with raw fish although some of it is cooked. if u are a calif or spicy tuna roll person then get out! the one complaint i have is the rice was so soft and warm that it would crumble before i had a chance to get it in my mouth. after the tasting menu is over, the waitress will ask if u want to order more. from this point on its a la carte. P.S. street parking is ur only option

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★★★★☆

i came here on a date and was very unimpressed with the decor or lack of it. i guess alot of people assume that chef nobi kusahara wants to focus solely on the food and not the ambience. u have no choice but to order the tasting menu (approx $50/person) and you must be comfortable with raw fish although some of it is cooked. if u are a calif or spicy tuna roll person then get out! the one complaint i have is the rice was so soft and warm that it would crumble before i had a chance to get it in my mouth. after the tasting menu is over, the waitress will ask if u want to order more. from this point on its a la carte. P.S. street parking is ur only option

Pros: authentic , attentive service

Cons: crumbly rice, lack of decor, parking

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coming from ny, the overly decorated, over priced food is not only pretentious but also tasteless, but at Sasabune, the decor's modest is one of the beauties of this as some might call it, a 'hole-in-the-wall.' Being a sushi eater since birth, hardly an exaggeration, the mouth water sushi is not only to die for, but i'd die again, just to eat some more. From the abalone, uni, crab, and even the usual tuna, each plate was fresh! and salivating!!! I HIGHLY recommend to any TRUE sushi lover - ps, no posers allowed! b/c there will be no rolls or tempura!

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★★★★★

coming from ny, the overly decorated, over priced food is not only pretentious but also tasteless, but at Sasabune, the decor's modest is one of the beauties of this as some might call it, a 'hole-in-the-wall.' Being a sushi eater since birth, hardly an exaggeration, the mouth water sushi is not only to die for, but i'd die again, just to eat some more. From the abalone, uni, crab, and even the usual tuna, each plate was fresh! and salivating!!! I HIGHLY recommend to any TRUE sushi lover - ps, no posers allowed! b/c there will be no rolls or tempura!

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Sasabune has, by far, the best sushi in LA. I have taken people here from Japan, and they have been equally impressed.

The hamachi and blue crab is mouthwatering. I can still remember the taste of the sushi months later. This place is for sushi aficianados, don't waste your time or money on cooked food or rice bowls. I have been to all of the supposed best places in LA, and this is by far the best. The fish literally melts in your mouth...

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★★★★★

Sasabune has, by far, the best sushi in LA. I have taken people here from Japan, and they have been equally impressed.

The hamachi and blue crab is mouthwatering. I can still remember the taste of the sushi months later. This place is for sushi aficianados, don't waste your time or money on cooked food or rice bowls. I have been to all of the supposed best places in LA, and this is by far the best. The fish literally melts in your mouth...

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Yeah, it's dumpy. So friggen what?!?! Eat the awesome sushi and be happy with it! I was actually surprised by how much sushi pieces I got for the "special" menu. I think it was more than I had at Sushi Nozawa. Each time the server brought something she would tell us what it was. So often at sushi places they just plop down a plate and you're wondering what the heck you're eating.
I would definitely go again when I have saved enough money. Ha!

5
★★★★★

Yeah, it's dumpy. So friggen what?!?! Eat the awesome sushi and be happy with it! I was actually surprised by how much sushi pieces I got for the "special" menu. I think it was more than I had at Sushi Nozawa. Each time the server brought something she would tell us what it was. So often at sushi places they just plop down a plate and you're wondering what the heck you're eating.
I would definitely go again when I have saved enough money. Ha!

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Overated and expensive. Sushi was good but not better than other similarly priced places. Decor and lighting was horrible - the look is "dumpy".
Service was very good.

4
★★★★☆

Overated and expensive. Sushi was good but not better than other similarly priced places. Decor and lighting was horrible - the look is "dumpy".
Service was very good.

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The atmosphere at the restaurant is not what you call a very romantic/ nicely decorated. However, it is always crowded - which prove a point that the food is absolutely delicious. Trust the chef to give you the freshest fish on the menu. A must try restaurant if you are a true sushi lover !!!

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★★★★★

The atmosphere at the restaurant is not what you call a very romantic/ nicely decorated. However, it is always crowded - which prove a point that the food is absolutely delicious. Trust the chef to give you the freshest fish on the menu. A must try restaurant if you are a true sushi lover !!!

Pros: Good sushi, Fresh fish, Service

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From the outside, this sushi place looks run down with the red neon sign of "Sushi". However, reservations are recommended and the sushi is incredible. Get the chef's special where it's a set menu (5-6 courses) and you don't know what you're aboutto eat till it's brought to you. Tuna tar tar, yellowtail are among the popular items that are part of this set menu. The sushi is super fresh and rice is warm so that when you take a bite - it all melts in your mouth. It's not cheap but well worththe splurge!

5
★★★★★

From the outside, this sushi place looks run down with the red neon sign of "Sushi". However, reservations are recommended and the sushi is incredible. Get the chef's special where it's a set menu (5-6 courses) and you don't know what you're aboutto eat till it's brought to you. Tuna tar tar, yellowtail are among the popular items that are part of this set menu. The sushi is super fresh and rice is warm so that when you take a bite - it all melts in your mouth. It's not cheap but well worththe splurge!

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Fresh, tasty sushi with warm rice that melts in your mouth. Pricey and crowded however, and the decor needs some work.

5
★★★★★

Fresh, tasty sushi with warm rice that melts in your mouth. Pricey and crowded however, and the decor needs some work.

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Traditional Japanese sushi place (i.e. no "rolls" except the blue-crab roll at the end). Everything is perfect, foodwise. Nobi-san uses condiments and such sparingly and asks that you truly taste the fish (not douse it in soy-sauce). Their sushi-rice is slightly warm, which many people like.

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★★★★☆

Traditional Japanese sushi place (i.e. no "rolls" except the blue-crab roll at the end). Everything is perfect, foodwise. Nobi-san uses condiments and such sparingly and asks that you truly taste the fish (not douse it in soy-sauce). Their sushi-rice is slightly warm, which many people like.

Pros: Superb food, Great service, intimate setting

Cons: , closed weekends

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don't let the decor scare you -- this place has incredible sushi.

5
★★★★★

don't let the decor scare you -- this place has incredible sushi.

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This is the real deal! Warm rice, perfectly cut & prepared fish. I never even touch the soy sauce at this place. The fish is so good that even when unsauced, I eat it as is and practically faint whilst doing so. Seriously... the albacore will MELT in your mouth.

Nobi Sasabune has a technique that he perfected while working with Nozawa in the 80's. But Sasabune is leaps and bounds above that other guy. He buys the fish himself and maintains an excellence that is unsurpassed.

The sushi is simple - no complex rolls or other such inventions. Just fish. Fish on rice, fish w/out rice, fish wrapped in seaweed. YUM!

If you sit at the bar, you are served the first six courses automatically, then you can make special requests.

As I tell my friends: "The Fish tastes different here..."

Profound experience awaits.

2
★★★★★

This is the real deal! Warm rice, perfectly cut & prepared fish. I never even touch the soy sauce at this place. The fish is so good that even when unsauced, I eat it as is and practically faint whilst doing so. Seriously... the albacore will MELT in your mouth.

Nobi Sasabune has a technique that he perfected while working with Nozawa in the 80's. But Sasabune is leaps and bounds above that other guy. He buys the fish himself and maintains an excellence that is unsurpassed.

The sushi is simple - no complex rolls or other such inventions. Just fish. Fish on rice, fish w/out rice, fish wrapped in seaweed. YUM!

If you sit at the bar, you are served the first six courses automatically, then you can make special requests.

As I tell my friends: "The Fish tastes different here..."

Profound experience awaits.

Pros: Freshest Fish, Reservations & Credit, Expert Master Chef

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I have dined at Sasabune for at least seven years so my opinions are highly biased! It is important to understand Nobi's style to enjoy and appreciate fully his sushi. I think many people are quick to criticize just because his sushi is served differently from traditional ways(warm rice, sauces). For me, it is the combination of texture and flavor of the fish. When the quality of the fish is supreme, you don't need strongly flavored rice, wasabi, etc. (I gather those were used to preserve quality without refrigeration, which is no longer of issue). The soft warm rice also complements the delicate texture of the fish. Sasabune and Noizawa are the only places I know of that serves one sushi dish at a time, meaning no large platters with five orders on them. And no takeout. That's understanding their dedication to freshness.

2
★★★★★

I have dined at Sasabune for at least seven years so my opinions are highly biased! It is important to understand Nobi's style to enjoy and appreciate fully his sushi. I think many people are quick to criticize just because his sushi is served differently from traditional ways(warm rice, sauces). For me, it is the combination of texture and flavor of the fish. When the quality of the fish is supreme, you don't need strongly flavored rice, wasabi, etc. (I gather those were used to preserve quality without refrigeration, which is no longer of issue). The soft warm rice also complements the delicate texture of the fish. Sasabune and Noizawa are the only places I know of that serves one sushi dish at a time, meaning no large platters with five orders on them. And no takeout. That's understanding their dedication to freshness.

Pros: Best sushi, Easy parking

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No one can tell me any different. From the moment that I walked in a few years back I have to see Nobi once a week. At the very least. I don't care what anyone says about any other Sushi chef in LA, Nobi is the best. Only Japan could have better sushi. Maybe.
If you're serious about fish, this is the place to be. Like others have expressed, anything negative said about this place is clearly from someone who knows nothing of fish.
Just thinking about the albacore makes me want to shut down my computer and make a mad dash to Sasabune.
I'll worship at his sushi altar for the rest of my life.

2
★★★★★

No one can tell me any different. From the moment that I walked in a few years back I have to see Nobi once a week. At the very least. I don't care what anyone says about any other Sushi chef in LA, Nobi is the best. Only Japan could have better sushi. Maybe.
If you're serious about fish, this is the place to be. Like others have expressed, anything negative said about this place is clearly from someone who knows nothing of fish.
Just thinking about the albacore makes me want to shut down my computer and make a mad dash to Sasabune.
I'll worship at his sushi altar for the rest of my life.

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Sasabune is a regular favorite of mine. It's expensive (2 people costs about $130 for the omikase style "trust me" special with 1 sake and tip), but it's worth it. Chef Nobi chooses the freshest, finest fish himself every morning from the fishing docks and prepares mouth watering delacacies in the "traditional way" (cold fish on warm rice, no california roll, no spicy tuna, arrigato). If you sit at the sushi bar, it's chef's choice, but you won't be dissapointed, and the omikase style of service leaves you free to concentrate on good conversation with your partner. The sushi is so amazing, my then boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to me. Of course, in such a setting, how could I possibly say no? We've been married 6 years and still drive from the San Fernando Valley to visit Chef Nobi.

2
★★★★★

Sasabune is a regular favorite of mine. It's expensive (2 people costs about $130 for the omikase style "trust me" special with 1 sake and tip), but it's worth it. Chef Nobi chooses the freshest, finest fish himself every morning from the fishing docks and prepares mouth watering delacacies in the "traditional way" (cold fish on warm rice, no california roll, no spicy tuna, arrigato). If you sit at the sushi bar, it's chef's choice, but you won't be dissapointed, and the omikase style of service leaves you free to concentrate on good conversation with your partner. The sushi is so amazing, my then boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to me. Of course, in such a setting, how could I possibly say no? We've been married 6 years and still drive from the San Fernando Valley to visit Chef Nobi.

Pros: Cozy and relaxed, Seating best @ 5:30pm

Cons: Expensive, Crowded after 7pm

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A traditional sushi bar, omakase style. Sit at the sushi bar and trust your sushi chef. The fish is on the same level as that at Nozawa. The sea urchin was especially delicious and fresh, best I have had hands down.

Just remember, no spicy tuna rolls here.

2
★★★★☆

A traditional sushi bar, omakase style. Sit at the sushi bar and trust your sushi chef. The fish is on the same level as that at Nozawa. The sea urchin was especially delicious and fresh, best I have had hands down.

Just remember, no spicy tuna rolls here.

Pros: sea urchin, sushi

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Sasabune has the best fish in Los Angeles, hands down. There's plenty of sushi joints in LA--most of them awful--but Sasabune is the real deal. What you give up in decor you get back in amazing fish.

Trust Nobi. His fish is immaculate and his secret sauces are divine. The chef's special menu is amazing and consistently delicious, and it never contains anything 'weird'. However, all the various Japanese delicacies are available for the asking: abalone, uni, sweet shrimp, he's got it all.

Yes, the rice here is room temp and yes you should eat with your hands so it doesn't fall apart. That is the traditional way things work in the world of sushi. Anyone who has anything negative to say about the fish at Sasabune is clearly ignorant about fish. Utter perfection.

Closed Sat & Sundays because Nobi is an avid golfer.

2
★★★★★

Sasabune has the best fish in Los Angeles, hands down. There's plenty of sushi joints in LA--most of them awful--but Sasabune is the real deal. What you give up in decor you get back in amazing fish.

Trust Nobi. His fish is immaculate and his secret sauces are divine. The chef's special menu is amazing and consistently delicious, and it never contains anything 'weird'. However, all the various Japanese delicacies are available for the asking: abalone, uni, sweet shrimp, he's got it all.

Yes, the rice here is room temp and yes you should eat with your hands so it doesn't fall apart. That is the traditional way things work in the world of sushi. Anyone who has anything negative to say about the fish at Sasabune is clearly ignorant about fish. Utter perfection.

Closed Sat & Sundays because Nobi is an avid golfer.

Pros: best fish in LA, chef's special menu, easy parking

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What a way to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary! Chef Nobi is a master. No wonder serious sushi lovers cram the place. Go on a weekday if you can. Lots of parking. We got seated on the bar as soon as we got there. Warm, friendly service. Best of all, sushi was awesome. Can't wait to go back... soon!

2
★★★★★

What a way to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary! Chef Nobi is a master. No wonder serious sushi lovers cram the place. Go on a weekday if you can. Lots of parking. We got seated on the bar as soon as we got there. Warm, friendly service. Best of all, sushi was awesome. Can't wait to go back... soon!

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This is BEST sushi I have ever had in my life! I've been to Tokyo, tried out so many sushi restaurants in America and Japan, and Sushi Sasabune is the best, bar none.

There's no menu: You trust the chef and he brings out only the freshest fish for the day (so your dining experience is always dynamic). Freshly grated wasabi and superb texture and flavor combine to bring this restaurant to the top of the class.

Don't listen to the moron below who claims everything tastes the same(HUH?); clearly he either has no taste buds, or he works for the Competition (look at his User Profile - he's only rated ONE restaurant (this one) and slammed it. HMMM how "convenient").

The only way you'll get fresher fish is to catch it yourself (which I've done off the coast of Mexico). Simply AWESOME SUSHI.

2
★★★★★

This is BEST sushi I have ever had in my life! I've been to Tokyo, tried out so many sushi restaurants in America and Japan, and Sushi Sasabune is the best, bar none.

There's no menu: You trust the chef and he brings out only the freshest fish for the day (so your dining experience is always dynamic). Freshly grated wasabi and superb texture and flavor combine to bring this restaurant to the top of the class.

Don't listen to the moron below who claims everything tastes the same(HUH?); clearly he either has no taste buds, or he works for the Competition (look at his User Profile - he's only rated ONE restaurant (this one) and slammed it. HMMM how "convenient").

The only way you'll get fresher fish is to catch it yourself (which I've done off the coast of Mexico). Simply AWESOME SUSHI.

Pros: Best Sushi in LA, Real Crab Handroll, Fresh grated Wasabi

Cons: Far from where I live

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Sushi Sasabune is by far the best Sushi restaurant in the U.S. I've tried the supposed "best" - Matsuhisa, Nobu, etc. - and Sasabune blows them away. There's no comparison.

The sushi here rivals some of the best places in Tokyo. Each piece of sushi that is offered is the freshest I've had, EVER. No joke. DON'T listen to the morons below that are complaining about warm rice or wasabi. The warm rice is the WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE - go visit Tokyo's best. Also the wasabi is slightly "watery" because it's FRESHLY GRATED WASABI FROM THE ROOT! Fantastic stuff.

If you want the freshest sushi in town, go here, trust the chef and he'll give whatever's fresh for the day. An "average" sushi restaurant will cost about $25/person. Sasabune averages $50/person, and it's easily four to five times better than those other places. A+!

2
★★★★★

Sushi Sasabune is by far the best Sushi restaurant in the U.S. I've tried the supposed "best" - Matsuhisa, Nobu, etc. - and Sasabune blows them away. There's no comparison.

The sushi here rivals some of the best places in Tokyo. Each piece of sushi that is offered is the freshest I've had, EVER. No joke. DON'T listen to the morons below that are complaining about warm rice or wasabi. The warm rice is the WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE - go visit Tokyo's best. Also the wasabi is slightly "watery" because it's FRESHLY GRATED WASABI FROM THE ROOT! Fantastic stuff.

If you want the freshest sushi in town, go here, trust the chef and he'll give whatever's fresh for the day. An "average" sushi restaurant will cost about $25/person. Sasabune averages $50/person, and it's easily four to five times better than those other places. A+!

Pros: Freshest Fish

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Like fine wine, fine sushi is a product of philosophy and skill. Anyone can safely disagree with Sasabunes philosophy pertaining to sushi but to not recognize Nobi Kusuhara and his staff as one of just a few preeminent sushi teams in LA, only exposes their own ignorance. Sasabune, like any fine dining experience, is more than food preparation; it is based upon vision and extreme dedication. Take it from a sushi-barfly; Sasabune achieves the highest form of culinary art. I cannot guarantee you will like Sasabune (but you probably will), but real fans of sushi will notice Nobis rare mastery. There is no finer sushi experience than Sasabune anywhere and any true aficionado of this culinary art form might consider placing Sasabune on their own must try list.

2
★★★★★

Like fine wine, fine sushi is a product of philosophy and skill. Anyone can safely disagree with Sasabunes philosophy pertaining to sushi but to not recognize Nobi Kusuhara and his staff as one of just a few preeminent sushi teams in LA, only exposes their own ignorance. Sasabune, like any fine dining experience, is more than food preparation; it is based upon vision and extreme dedication. Take it from a sushi-barfly; Sasabune achieves the highest form of culinary art. I cannot guarantee you will like Sasabune (but you probably will), but real fans of sushi will notice Nobis rare mastery. There is no finer sushi experience than Sasabune anywhere and any true aficionado of this culinary art form might consider placing Sasabune on their own must try list.

Pros: preeminent chef, extraordinary sushi, very fresh

Cons: not a fancy place, dinner is too busy, street parking only

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I have now been to Sasabune multiple times and I am ready to provide my opinion. I think that the fish is amazing. The Albacore sashimi melts in your mouth. One time I had 4 different kinds of tuna and 2 kinds of Albacore on the chef's special. I really like the warm rice. It adds nice flavor, but it can fall right off the sushi. Service is a bit rough around the edges, but do not go there expecting great service or ambiance, you should go for the freshest sushi in town. I have been to many places and this one has the highest quality fish, by far.

On slower week nights, you should be able to order off the sushi menu at a table.

2
★★★★★

I have now been to Sasabune multiple times and I am ready to provide my opinion. I think that the fish is amazing. The Albacore sashimi melts in your mouth. One time I had 4 different kinds of tuna and 2 kinds of Albacore on the chef's special. I really like the warm rice. It adds nice flavor, but it can fall right off the sushi. Service is a bit rough around the edges, but do not go there expecting great service or ambiance, you should go for the freshest sushi in town. I have been to many places and this one has the highest quality fish, by far.

On slower week nights, you should be able to order off the sushi menu at a table.

Pros: Ultra Fresh, Selection

Cons: Service

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What a hidden gem! This place has the quality of food that rivals Matsuhisa and Nozawa but at a much more reasonable price. Although the setting isnt exactly fancy and there is no sign out front, if yuo can find it you are in for a great meal. I suggest getting the chefs special, you cant go wrong. It consists of about 5 or 6 rounds of sushi for about $50 (including tip).

2
★★★★★

What a hidden gem! This place has the quality of food that rivals Matsuhisa and Nozawa but at a much more reasonable price. Although the setting isnt exactly fancy and there is no sign out front, if yuo can find it you are in for a great meal. I suggest getting the chefs special, you cant go wrong. It consists of about 5 or 6 rounds of sushi for about $50 (including tip).

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FORGET THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS HERE. THEY HAVE NO FREAKIN CLUE AS TO WHAT IS GOOD NIGIRI SUSHI. THE RICE IS WARM BECAUSE ITS SUPPOSED TO BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE! THAT'S THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF MAKING NIGIRI SUSHI! THIS PLACE ADHERES TO THE OLD, JAPANESE WAY OF PREPARING AND EATING SUSHI..THAT IS WARM, NOT OVER VINEGARED RICE, WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF SOY SAUCE AND WASABE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TRUE SUSHI IS SUPPOSED TO TASTE LIKE, COME HERE. I'VE BEEN TO THE TOP SUSHI PLACES (MATSUHISA'S, KYO-YA..YADA YADA). THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE IN L.A. THAT HAS EVEN RIVALED SOME OF THE BEST PLACES IN JAPAN THAT SPECIALIZE IN SUSHI (NOT SPECIALIZE IN JAPANESE FOOD, BUT SUSHI!). AND THE PRICE IS CHEAP RELATIVE TO THE QUALITY OF THE FISH. SUPERB. AND FORGET ABOUT THE LACK OF DECOR. JUST SHUT UP AND EAT.

2
★★★★★

FORGET THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS HERE. THEY HAVE NO FREAKIN CLUE AS TO WHAT IS GOOD NIGIRI SUSHI. THE RICE IS WARM BECAUSE ITS SUPPOSED TO BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE! THAT'S THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF MAKING NIGIRI SUSHI! THIS PLACE ADHERES TO THE OLD, JAPANESE WAY OF PREPARING AND EATING SUSHI..THAT IS WARM, NOT OVER VINEGARED RICE, WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF SOY SAUCE AND WASABE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TRUE SUSHI IS SUPPOSED TO TASTE LIKE, COME HERE. I'VE BEEN TO THE TOP SUSHI PLACES (MATSUHISA'S, KYO-YA..YADA YADA). THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE IN L.A. THAT HAS EVEN RIVALED SOME OF THE BEST PLACES IN JAPAN THAT SPECIALIZE IN SUSHI (NOT SPECIALIZE IN JAPANESE FOOD, BUT SUSHI!). AND THE PRICE IS CHEAP RELATIVE TO THE QUALITY OF THE FISH. SUPERB. AND FORGET ABOUT THE LACK OF DECOR. JUST SHUT UP AND EAT.

Pros: BEST FISH IN L.A.

Cons: SHORT ON DECOR

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Sasabune's Chef Special is simply the default. Other items are available for courteous customers. The rice fits the refined delicacy of the fish. Those who cannot distinguish among the various tastes are better off elsewhere.

Nobu and Matsuhisa are also among the best. Taka too. , as well as Asakuma. Some of Kaya's servings can approach this level. Only your taste - or lack thereof - can judge which is _better_ than the other.

2
★★★★★

Sasabune's Chef Special is simply the default. Other items are available for courteous customers. The rice fits the refined delicacy of the fish. Those who cannot distinguish among the various tastes are better off elsewhere.

Nobu and Matsuhisa are also among the best. Taka too. , as well as Asakuma. Some of Kaya's servings can approach this level. Only your taste - or lack thereof - can judge which is _better_ than the other.

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Deliciously simple. That sums it up - no frills in the decor, and no frills in the chef's special. His judgment was great! This is totally a hole in the wall, but you will be glad that you found it. The fish is spectacular! Really NO ambience, but a great place if you are a serious sushi connoisseur with some good company to keep you entertained.

2
★★★★★

Deliciously simple. That sums it up - no frills in the decor, and no frills in the chef's special. His judgment was great! This is totally a hole in the wall, but you will be glad that you found it. The fish is spectacular! Really NO ambience, but a great place if you are a serious sushi connoisseur with some good company to keep you entertained.

Pros: fresh, great sushi, chef's special

Cons: funky atmosphere

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This one is a winner! The ambiance: the place is a hole in the wall. Service: it's great, you don't have to make one decision. The value: excellent when someone else foots the bill! The food: raw is a turn on, the fresh picks make it the best pick, and the fishmelts in your mouth! Need I say more?

2
★★★★★

This one is a winner! The ambiance: the place is a hole in the wall. Service: it's great, you don't have to make one decision. The value: excellent when someone else foots the bill! The food: raw is a turn on, the fresh picks make it the best pick, and the fishmelts in your mouth! Need I say more?

Pros: no decision making

Cons: who cares-great food!

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Last night IO had the great opportunity to "Trust Nobi" (Owner).
I consider myself an avid Sushi diner and have nothing but positive things to say about sasabune.
The entire "Trust Me" selections were delicious.
I added a few of you favorites and made it a party.
If you truly love "Sushi" (no california roll here), you will love this place.

2
★★★★★

Last night IO had the great opportunity to "Trust Nobi" (Owner).
I consider myself an avid Sushi diner and have nothing but positive things to say about sasabune.
The entire "Trust Me" selections were delicious.
I added a few of you favorites and made it a party.
If you truly love "Sushi" (no california roll here), you will love this place.

Pros: Extremely Fresh Fish, Intimate Sushi Bar, Off the beaten path

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I've always gotten the omikase here and am never disappointed. Fresh fish and delightful seasonings/sauces at every turn -- but you've gotta trust the chef here and he knows what's best. The bill climbs high very very quickly, but if you do half portions, you get to try more different things (although only one piece of each item). I've had sushi/sashimi around the world and this place leaves them all behind. The ramshackle little house leaves a lot to be desired in terms of ambiance, but the food transport you outta there and into a utopia.

2
★★★★★

I've always gotten the omikase here and am never disappointed. Fresh fish and delightful seasonings/sauces at every turn -- but you've gotta trust the chef here and he knows what's best. The bill climbs high very very quickly, but if you do half portions, you get to try more different things (although only one piece of each item). I've had sushi/sashimi around the world and this place leaves them all behind. The ramshackle little house leaves a lot to be desired in terms of ambiance, but the food transport you outta there and into a utopia.

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this is the best fish I have ever eaten - ever.

2
★★★★★

this is the best fish I have ever eaten - ever.

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It was the BEST sushi, by far, that I have ever eaten!!!! Having read the reviews here before going I was somewhat prepared - sit at the sushi bar, "Trust Me", no menu, no california roll - but not quite. When we entered the waitress said that if you sit at the sushi bar you can't order, the chef will give you what you should have!! Well, we were game - and boy are we glad we did!!

Our meal started with an albacore appetizer, small pieces of albacore in a punzu sauce. It was far and away the best albacore I had ever had, succulent, and flavorful. And each piece after was better than the one before.

The chef wasn't nearly as intimidating as I expected. And while it was expensive, it was worth every penny. We'll be back - and often.

2
★★★★★

It was the BEST sushi, by far, that I have ever eaten!!!! Having read the reviews here before going I was somewhat prepared - sit at the sushi bar, "Trust Me", no menu, no california roll - but not quite. When we entered the waitress said that if you sit at the sushi bar you can't order, the chef will give you what you should have!! Well, we were game - and boy are we glad we did!!

Our meal started with an albacore appetizer, small pieces of albacore in a punzu sauce. It was far and away the best albacore I had ever had, succulent, and flavorful. And each piece after was better than the one before.

The chef wasn't nearly as intimidating as I expected. And while it was expensive, it was worth every penny. We'll be back - and often.

Pros: very fresh fish, excellent rice

 

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