not very good rolls, fresh fish, best sushi, mediocre service, mediocre food, love sushi place, good tenderloin
great taste ..... good work Actors in turtlenecks, hipsters and West L.A. neighborhood folk mingle, smirking collectively over one of the better-kept local secrets. The sushi bar on a Saturday night gives great theater, with chefs working at light speed and a friendly crowd that just might share their huge tempura rolls with you
Overrated. I have to agree with another review I've read here. The sushi is outrageously expensive and, frankly, many of these rolls taste bland and the same. I've eaten here 3 times and my reaction has become progressively negative. The service (especially the host who seats you - they definitely want you to eat at the tiny sushi bar, as opposed to a table) is not very gracious either.
Great fresh fish, nice ambience and service.. Decided to try this place out, sushi is very fresh, the toro was excellent, and so was the Japanese halibut. Prices are not bad, a little bit on the pricey side but not near the other high end places in LA
Nestled in one of L.A.'s ugliest strip malls is a small, hidden jewel of a Japanese restaurant, shining with luminescent albacore..
Actors in turtlenecks, hipsters and West L.A. neighborhood folk mingle, smirking collectively over one of the better-kept local secrets. The sushi bar on a Saturday night gives great theater, with chefs working at light speed and a friendly crowd that just might share their huge tempura rolls with you.
Ask the chef what's good and you won't be sorry. The albacore is without peer, the uni exquisitely fresh and briny. Only the ikura is too salty. Sweet shrimp heads are fried to perfection, as is the soft-shell crab. The cooked entrees are more uneven. The fish in the Japanese bouillabaisse was quite dry, but the codfish Saikyo style will knock your tabi socks off.
OVERPRICED, AVERAGE QUALITY SUSHI.
My Dad took my wife and me to this restaurant on a Saturday night with an 8:45 reservation. They were very busy and couldn't seat us until 9pm. The service was pretty good after that except that the waitress kept trying to sell us on all the extras. For example rice on the outside of the roll costs more and there is additional charge for ginger. This on top of the fact that the very expensive sushi & rolls are not very good made the experience disappointing. The rolls were not prepared very well (very messy),the rice did not have a good texture, and many cuts of the fish were mushy. There are much better sushi restaurants in town that cost much less.
Try Kiriko, this is my favorite in Los Angeles so far. In San Luis Obispo try Tsurugi.
The best sushi in the WORLD !!!. I took my friends who is a food critique in Paris and she was simply AMAZED ! This restaurant is simply the best sushi restaurant in L.A. I've tried 14 sushi restaurants the past 7 months this is the best one from far. I"ve tried japanese restaurants in NY, Paris, London, again this one is the best from far. The menu is huge and all the sushis and rolls are unique creations it's a bit confusing at the begining so just ask your waiter for something with salmon or tuna... Simply the best of the best.
IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. IT REALLY DOESN'T. I don't think i've ever been so passionate about a restaurant, but the truth is Hamasaku is more than a restaurant, it is an experience. I never knew food could taste so good. There are several amazing must haves, such as (in order) FOX ROLL, SALMON OVER CRAB AND THE LIZZY ROLL. I have brought several friends to hamasaku just for the first two.. one of them cried, seriously, it was that good. Also, the service is the best I've experienced. Great hosts, great owner Toshi. I love this place. Expensive but worth every penny!
Eh. I, like many others had very high expectations for Hamasaku due to hype. But as we all know, hype comes cheap in LA. But the sushi at Hamasaku sure doesn't. I had a reservation for 9, was seated by 10:30? But to be fair, even Keyshawn Johnson who was also there had to wait an hour to be seated. The sushi rolls range in price from $15- $25 per roll. If you like a lot of rice and prefer Tuna and Avocado on every roll this is your place. I was unimpressed, especially since I paid $140 for two people. I could have eaten like a king at Katsu Ya at that price. Probably won't go back.
Best Sushi in LA!. I've eaten at all the best sushi retaurants in LA and this i by far the best! They have the most inventive rolls and so many to choose from. Even my friend who is not a big sushi fan, loved evrything we ordered! A little overpriced, but worth saving up for!
User review by tdove77. Hamasaku is one of the best sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, especially for those who love rolls. They are all amazing, huge, and tasty, and the fish is so fresh.
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