not very good rolls, fresh fish, best sushi, mediocre service, mediocre food, love sushi place, good tenderloin
Spend your money elsewhere. I went to this place twice just to make sure the first time wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. The food is just average but so expensive. I spent $30.00 on lunch by myself. I had six pieces of sushi and tempura. Here you get two pieces of sushi at about $6.50 per order. I don't understand why people rave about this place. I have had better food just 1/2 a mile away on sawtelle for half the cost. The decor isn't even that great.
What's all the buzz about???. This restaurant came highly recommended by a co-worker. She neglected to tell me not to order the dumpling appetizers which consisted of two dumplings for over $20. The halibut was dry and the sushi itself was just satisfactory. I would only recommend the tenderloin which my friend was good enough to share with the rest of us. With all the restaurant choices in L.A. this is not one I would be going back to.... unless I enjoy throwing my money away.
whats the BIG DEAL ?. dined at hamasaku a few weeks ago with wifey. to put it simply, not IMPRESSED. the service was mediocre, food was okay, the host toshi was a complete wreck and confused and the bill was OUTRAGEOUS. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!! maybe on a business account (someone eles') is the only way ill go back.
Tasty. One of the best sushi places in town! The fish is incredibly fresh and the rolls include unusual ingredients like apples and mangos. The owner, Toshi, treats everyone like royalty, making it feel like a real neighborhood joint. It's a bit expensive, but the fresh fish and creative rolls are worth it. Make a reservation...it can get VERY busy! Try the Japanese Pancake and the JKX roll!
A Neighorhood Sushi Stable. For lunch is fine but dinner faces a long wait. Delicious and inventive sushi rolls but with funky names hard to decipher- you need to read the description to know. Service and ambiance is not extraordinary, but a hidden stable for a casual outing but not ideal for a big group unless you want to wait long. The biggest turn-off is a price tag on eel sauce (written on bottom of menu) which you think, "What's the big deal?!"
a dime a dozen.... i looked at their menu and thought, this has exactly what i'm looking for - inventive rolls and a few fusion dishes. the ambiance is quaint. the food? decent for LA standards but mediocre for my own. they have a great combination of sushi & rolls but the taste is pretty blah. the more i ate, the more bland it got. portions are small and the prices are very high. black cod in miso - my absolute fav fish, but as an app, it was the smallest piece i've ever seen served. worth one experience if u're in LA but not a place i'd visit again nor a place i'd recommend. the bill is not worth stomaching. a good meal accomplishes the feat in leaving u wanting more, but by the end of this meal, i was ready to leave. not a bad meal but just typical LA to me.
Worth going back again and again. I've been going to this restaurant for over four years and it just keeps getting better and better. The food is consistently outstanding. The albacore and uni (sea urchin) are the best in the city. The staff is great even though they run throughout the entire evening and the hostess tries her best to manage long waits on busy nights by offering tea or wine. The manager is there every night on the floor bringing food, drinks and chatting with the guests. We have taken all of our friends there and we have a whole group of out of town friends that insist we go there every time they are in LA. It's so great I had 15 people there for my husband's 30th birthday on Saturday night. It was a huge success.
Don't believe the hype. Disappointing. Typical westside establishment that people frequent because it's hip or trendy even though the food is mediocre and the service is lacking. Perhaps Hasasaku is not meant to be a sushi restaurant but a japanese restaurant because the sushi is nothing to write home about. I've had similar grade sushi at other restaurants for a fraction of the price. Definitely not for sushi purists. The highlight was a speciality sushi called the DJ Sushi, where they use crab meat as the sushi rice and topped it with seared albacore and a slice of avocado. But even that would not warrant a return visit.
A taste of LA.
We started out our evening with reservations at 8. We got to HamaSaku about 7:45. There is only about 5 feet square to wait for a table, with one wooden bench to sit on.
After being passed up by two groups (one was friends of the owner, the other plain pushy) we were seated at 9pm.
The food was very good, although very small portions. The crab stuffed jalopenos are a rip off, but the green tea dessert is nummy.
Celebrity citing also!
Magic in your mouth. This place is a category of its own. I have never seen such a creative menu, with such amazing results. Each roll is totally unique and always surpasses all expectations. The cucumber wrapped rolls are unbelievably refreshing, the army roll...splendid. This place is always packed and for good reason!
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