11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006434.033370 -118.442172
Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:15pm; 6pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: West LA, West Los Angeles
Citysearch Editorial Review – Discreetly located on a somewhat sketchy corner of Pico and Gateway, this decidedly minimalist sushi spot doesn't even have a sign that you can read. Instead, there's a sketch of a fish skeleton above the rectangular industrial-gray facade. (If it weren't for the horizontal window slivers you'd never know this was a restaurant.) Inside, the same pared-down aesthetic pervades the space with bulbous paper lanterns overhead, white walls, blonde wood furniture and soft light. The only loud element is the hot pink and flourescent yellow Morse code artwork above the sushi bar. Likewise, the food here is restrained yet thoughtful, even down to the utsuwa (serving plates). Owner and chief sushi chef Mori Onodera (R23, Matsuhisa) ensures that each item, whether its the freshly grated wasabi or salmon nigiri, are served on dishware that is in tune with the seasons; no two plates are identical. Spicy tuna tacos bare no resemblance to the Mexican variety--bits of spicy tuna, diced green onion and smelt eggs are lumped on top of a crispy pita-like disc that can be (messily) devoured in two bites. A variety of rolls and daily specials like jalapeno yellowtail are offered but if your wallet can handle it, opt for high-grade options like the melt-on-your-tongue toro or scallop.
Great place for expensive sushi!!! – Generally when ordering off of the sushi menu, the quoted price is for 2 pieces of sushi, not only one...this was not my experience. All in all, the atmosphere's serenity acts to soothe client's reactions to outrageous bills.
SUSHI MURASAKI – I was born in Taiwan and have had sushi all over in Taiwan and Japan (from Osaka to Hokkaido), and the San Bernadino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties and San Francisco, so I know what is good in the U.S.. I've tried Urasawa, Koi, Tengu, whatever..... Go and try Sushi Murasaki in Santa Ana. It's a nice, cozy place, but it's so far my favorite sushi place in Cal. Their price is fair and the quality is very good. This place is very unique in that it gets unique fishes, such as Sanma (Japanese Pike Mackerel), Saiyori (Japanese Halfbeak), Arabian sweet shrimp (grey) etc.. Stop wasting money at other sushi places :) and trust me on this one.
Don't hate cause you're in the dark – TRADITIONAL SUSHI....This isn't Trader Joe's boxed sushi. If you don't know what you are talking about then keep you're hate to yourself. If you don't like the place, then maybe talk about Mori's use of too much shiso. Complaining about price and rudeness has nothing to do with anything. Tradition sushi demands and requires an educated understanding of edict. You don't go into a polo lounge without a sports jacket, you don't ask Jean-Georges for more salt and you don't ask for more wasabi. Do you ask Jackson Pollack to add more paint you dumb little person. Have some respect for something you could try and understand if you weren't just another LA scene wh@re looking for a place thats going to treat you like Paris Hilton. You go to a sushi chef to eat his style of cut and preparation. The problem is that too many chefs have accommodated ignorant Americans who think that sushi is something you DO. You don't Do sushi. You find a chef you like and you go to him. IF you start asking him to change for YOU, then you better believe he/she is going to be pi$$ed. GO MIX WASABI IN YOUR SOY SAUCE somewhere else! Doesn't really need to be said since that is exactly what he is telling you by charging you for it! Mori should be applauded.
wonderful food, arrogant and obnoxious customer relations – We have been to Mori Sushi many times -- I think it is fair to say we are regulars. We love the food and have always been willing to overlook the rigid rules (charging for extra ginger and extra wasabe, ridiculous charges for fresh wasabe) as an acceptable idiosyncracy. Until today. We called to make reservations to take a visitor and his family to lunch: 4 adults, 2 children and a baby. We were told that parties of six will ONLY be served omakase -- no exceptions, even for regulars, even when the children are 6 and 4 and 1. I can understand such a policy at dinner -- but at lunch? Omakase is much to much food at lunch -- to say nothing of costing too much. (The last time we had omakase at dinner the cost was over $100 per person.) This is very very disappointing.
True sushi – I am very impressed of everything.
Sushi, rice, dishes and os on. Everything is high quality.
Sushi is very japanese style.
The emperor's new clothes of Michelin stars – This restaurant was such a disappointment. The sushi was few and far between and did not inspire the palette of someone paying over $150 a person (no alcohol included in this cost). The bill was about as official as a hand written post-it note and when called into question, the manager was immediately defensive and rude. Save your money and your time - and if you want good, authentic Japanese sushi, go to Echigo instead!
Fell flat – Never in my life have I been so outraged by a dining experience. The evening started off very pleasant. We were seated by a very nice gentleman, and our drink orders were promptly taken from our server. But that was the end of the pleasantries. I was with a party of three, celebrating a special occasion, two of us ordered the standard omakase and the third ordered the sushi omakase. There was nothing special about the fish, just the typical run of the mill sushi one would expect from their local sushi joint, only 8x the price. The service was horrible, at one point it took 30 minutes between courses. I understand that Omakase is something that is market price, but I was floored when the check came. This restaurant is falling back on their Michelin Star accolade to justify a price that does not warrant the service or quality of food that was delivered. I expressed this concern with the manager, and she obliged in my request to provide an itemized receipt. Thirty minutes later, when she brought me the newly adjusted receipt, she had placed items on our bill that we were never served in an attempt to justify the costs, also, while we were waiting for our new receipt, our waitress came in a last ditch effort to salvage a reasonable tip with some ice cream and tea, and when the new bill came, they had added these two items to the cost, when we never ordered them in the first place (one would think dessert would have been gratis in an effort to save face). To spare you the rest of the details, we were accused by the manager of being racists, and asked to leave and never return again (no problem), then as we were walking to my car, a different waiter ran after us, leaving an open-ended threat that he would ?See us tomorrow.? Whatever that means? I can not express how awful of a taste this experience has left in my mouth, and rest assured, they didn?t have to ban me from ever coming back.
Expected a lot more – Have heard about this place on reviews and boards and finally tried it last Saturday night. It's not in a very populated area, so it's easy to miss, so just look for the fish sign outside. Decor seems new, typical minimalist & austere. Service was great, but I thought the food was expensive for what it was worth. Pieces are sooooo tiny, and the fish/meat were even smaller that i could barely taste them. Plus, their nigiri, priced between $3-8, was per piece and not the usual 2 pcs per order. I could hardly taste the food. In addition, there's not a lot of variety, and they ran out of my favorite ikura the night we were there. I would say the food was fresh, but it just wasn't worth the price. For 2, with no alcohol, it came out to around $105.
"Please Don't Go"--you know, the 80s song – It's been over 12 hours since I left the Mori Sushi property and still, I feel soiled from the experience. While I am oft prone to hyperbole, when it comes to sushi, I wear my most objective critc hat. And while I would contend that I've already located the best sushi restaurant in Los Angeles (Sakura, on Centinla, between Culver and Washington blvd), I still remain on the lookout for other tasty nooks. Mori seemed to have just that promise. There was no visible name on the sign, just a stenciled picture of a fish. The decor was minimalist but sharp, and seemed to convey a lack of pretension, or need to make up for whatever might be lacking in quality with a flashy presentation.
Was I sooooorrrely mistaken. The one thing I will say is that I was having a fantastic time prior to our waiter coming over. You see. I was with my best friend and we are quite accustomed to making fun when there' s ostensibly none to be had. And we were seated, LITERALLY fifteen minutes without anyone asking us for our drink order or even acknowledging our presence at all. And this, mind you, was in a restaurant whose dimensions were about 10' x 10'. I will say that the manager was the one to seat us and successfully whet our palatte with a genuine, well-rehearsed (and deeply misleading) pitch about their home-growned rice hailing from Northern California, their fish delivered fresh every day, and their sushi overall having the reputation as the best on the westside.
I can't get into the minute detail that I would like to because I'm running out of characters--but let's just say: the Salmon sashimi was fishy and tough; portions for everything were excessively small; the sweet shrimp was not sufficiently clean (I'll spare you my specific experience); the wasabi was unpungent with a bizarre consistency--and I was charged FIVE DOLLARS for requesting extra; the waiter was a putz; and when I guessed the price of the bill, my friend replied, sans sarcasm: "double that".
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