12217 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002534.039911 -118.464779
Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles, West LA
Chef Special is worth the money – I had the Chef's Special at Echigo last night and it was so good. The fish was super fresh and tasted so clean. We had things like white fish, albacore, butter fish, baby tuna and blue crab. The server comes out and serves you each piece one by one, and will continue this process until you get to your finale of the blue crab roll. She/he will tell you when to use soy sauce and when to not - because certain pieces come out with sauce on them already and would "ruin" the roll if you added soy sauce (salt) to them.
Overall, it was a great experience. It was a bit pricey, but definitely worth the money.
The very best sushi in Los Angeles – So there are a number of better looking places for sushi than Echigo but you won't find better fish. The chef's tasting menu is the way to go the first time around so you can get an idea of what you want more of. Don't be afraid to be served something you don't like....you have so much more to gain from jumping in, as all of the chef's creations are a symphony in your mouth. I have yet to try something blind that I didn’t like. I am a Los Angeles and Monaco girl who loves restaurants and bars which surround its patrons with luxury and fancifulness in the décor but sometimes it well worth it to enjoy the luxury of truly fine sushi and take a step back from the facade. This place doesn’t need to wow you with the chairs or curtains; the fish is enough to keep you coming back! My absolute favorite Sushi hands down.
Best sushi I've ever had – I don't normally write reviews, but I read the last post and I felt I had to say someting. I'm wondering if that person was describing the same restaurant. I've been to Echigo at least a dozen times, and the experience has been the opposite of their report in every way:
1) The ambiance is simple and unpretentious, probably reflecting the chef philosophy that it's all about the fish; if you want fake water falls and Japanese Muzak, go somewhere else.
2) The portions are perfect, not too big or too small, just right to enjoy and savor without overdoing it.
3) The fish quality is typically the best I have every experienced, and I've traveled extensively, including to Japan. I've never had yellowtail so consistently good. Once at the Four Seasons on the Big Island in Hawaii, I had yellowtail sashimi that was better than Echigo, but that's an experience I've yet to encounter again.
4) Where you see pretentiousness, I see integrity. The chef at Echigo makes what he makes. The chef at Echigo refuses to do take out because the rice wouldn't be warm when the sushi is eaten. That probably costs him a lot of business. He could pander to the masses with different food and make more money. That's integrity. If you want an exploding caterpillar roll, go to Sushi Roku.
5) I've always found the service at Echigo to be efficient, happy and very friendly. There's only one chef and an assistant, so maybe you were there when it was extra busy and it ran behind.
We're lucky to have a Echigo on the West Side!
I can't possibly understand the above average rating – This restaurant regrettably provided one of the worst dining experiences we've had in LA in a long time. My wife and I go out for sushi regularly, and had heard lots of hype about how good this place was. After going, I truly can't understand what others see in this place. It's billed as being more genuine sushi, and sticking to only the traditional applications. However, they take this concept to an almost pretentious level, and fall short in several areas.
1) The ambiance is bland at best, and considering the prices of the sushi, almost offensive.
2) The prices were on the face fairly average, however, the sizes of the sushi were so minuscule that it really escalates the relative pricing of this restaurant into the realm of far more elegant options. My wife ordered salmon sashimi for $14, and got 6 slices of paper thin salmon that weighed literally an ounce and a half.
3) The fish quality is only mediocre. The tuna sashimi was dry and not uniformly cut, I'm sure in an attempt to make use of the scraps.
4) The sushi chef is full of himself. I might be able to get over the fact that they refuse to sell basics like miso soup, and spicy tuna rolls, (though I've been to Tokyo, and these items are commonplace there). However, his rolls are not the traditional hand rolls, and he refused to cut them into more reasonable pieces. They appeared haphazardly assembled with no concern whatsoever for visual presentation.
5) The service was dismal. At least they kept refilling our tea, because it took us about 40 minutes to get our food, and even then, it came out to us so fragmented that the rest of my party was practically done with their food before I had even gotten a single one of my orders.
Needless to say, it will be the last time I patronage this restaurant, and I encourage you to save your time and senses and avoid it altogether.
Legit sushi – Echigo is for sushi heads who enjoy delicate servings of truly fresh and melt-in-your-mouth fish. 100 words.
Not better than Nozawa or Sasabune – It's ironic how the guy that worked at Nozawa left to open Sasabune and the guy who opened Echigo left Sasabune to open a business on his own. And guess what.....Nozawa is still best , then Sasabune and then Echigo. Master is always best
Really bad ambience for average pricing – I took my parents here. Extremely BAD idea. They only serve nigiri sushi and handrolls. NOTHING ELSE. their sushi has a unique taste, and it may even be a truer Japanese taste (I don't know, I'm only really familiar with American sushi), but it wasn't my taste. It's about five dollars for each two-piece nigri plate. We ended up just eating a few pieces of sushi as an appetizer and then going elsewhere for dinner. Maybe this is a decent quick lunch spot, but don't expect to see staple sushi rolls like spicy tuna or california roll. This is a very deconstructed sushi experience.
As far as the ambience, it's really a small really casual place. not good for a proper nice dinner.
The Sushi King – I have been to all of the expensive, shallow, LA sushi places in town. Not because of the hype, but wanting to find a great sushi place. I found it at Echigo. There's no comparison to any other sushi restaurants in this town. It's as close to Japan as you are going to come. For those who complain about the decor, obviously just don't get it. This place gives you the best sushi in town, and because it's not decorated with all the silly frills, and gimmicks of other restaurants, it concentrates on the most important part. The food. I love wasabi....I didn't put one ounce of it on any of my sushi, because the quality of fish speaks for itself. Don't forget the mouth watering rice that is served with the sushi....I wanted just a bowl of the rice. The blue crab roll is so delicious, that I almost slid right out of my chair. Lucky for me and my husband we live right next door to this place. We will be going back time and time again.
Rediculously good, ambience a little weak – I have been back about 5 times and everybody I have taken loves the sushi. The ambiance is quite poor, but the fish is incredible and worth it. Everything is very fresh, there are some interesting fish types I have never tried elsewhere, and some I have had at other places and didn't like I have tried here and thought were delicious. I have never had a problem with service, and the wasabe and soy and serving one piece at a time is supposed to be like that--go to some other omakase places in LA and you wil find the same thing
a diamond in the rough – one of the best omakase sushi places on the westside. better than sasabune! the atmosphere could use an upgrade but the sushi is well worth it. the fish is always fresh and just melts in your mouth. the sushi rice is served warm (the way it's supposed to be served). the other chick has no idea what she's talking about. she must be used to buffet style sushi that's by the pound. either that or she's got no palate for finer tastes.
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