[Los Angeles] Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

Categories: Japanese, Sushi
Address:  Multiple locations

  • 600 W. 7th St, Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (Downtown)
  • 1345 2nd St St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)
  • 11640 W. San Vicente Blvd, CA 90049 (Brentwood)
  • 11288 Ventura Blvd, Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604 (Studio City)
  • 4722 1/4 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Ray, CA 90292 (Marina Del Ray)

Date visited: Multiple times
Price:  $20-30 (lunch), $25-35 (dinner) 
Verdict:  I visit this chain regularly... High quality sushi and great service at reasonable prices !

www.sugarfishsushi.com 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Multiple branches around LA County, all serving fresh quality sushi
  • Founded by the renowned Chef Kazunori Nozawa who also owns the famed Sushi Nozawa in Studio City
  • Omasake-inspired, Sugarfish specializes in nigiri but instead of an everchanging menu, almost everyone orders one of their three prix-fixe menus (Trust Me Lite, Trust Me, The Nozawa) although a la carte is also available
  • Despite the fixed menu, the fish is always very fresh and succulent, like omakase
  • Each of the preset menus includes organic edamame and tuna sashimi in a special ponzu sauce for starters, then different amount of nigiri and handrolls depending on the set you order
  • Each course is served separately, and is meant to be eaten immediately after (the rice in the nigiri is warm and thus tastes the best when served) 
  • Some of the nigiri come with a pre-paired sauce - do not dip these in soy sauce!
  • The ambience of the restaurants may differ slightly depending on the branch but in general the mood is relaxed and the service is friendly
  • Recommendations
    - Any of the three Trust Me's (dinner menu attached below)
    - Sea urchin (uni) nigiri on the a la carte menu (separate order) - must try if you like uni!

 

WATCH OUT

  • Does not take reservations
  • The wait can be very long especially on weekends or peak dinner hours
  • Parking can be difficult in some locations