Living and working in LA is a fun and highly memorable experience, but knowing your way around and the best places to eat can be challenging. Whether you are moving to LA, visiting or looking for new places to explore, reading up on what you should know about the city and its best eats can help you enjoy yourself. Living and working in LA is awesome but it can take some time getting use to the fast pace lifestyle. If you are going out to eat to get more familiar with the city and its people, you don’t want to miss out on the sushi experience. LA has some of the best sushi restaurants in the nation, but where can LA residents and tourists alike find some of the best sushi meals in the city? There are plenty of great LA sushi restaurants serving truly memorable meals and foodie/ President of Crier Communications, J.P. Lincoln, has the inside scoop, but you will have to travel to several restaurants to truly experience the best of sushi in LA. Lincoln has been working in the food public relations profession for years and the workplace relationship examiner truly trust his feedback. Here is a list of Lincoln’s favorite sushi dishes and where to get the goods:
There was an original Nozawa over the hill on Ventura boulevard in the Valley. It was a lovely sushi restaurant of a solo operator with his wife manning the cash register, a omakase sushi leviathan – meaning leave the choice of what to eat to Mr. Nozawa. One could glance at the Today’s Specials sign (which never changed) and still enjoy a great meal. The sign read: “Trust me.” You could trust Mr. Nozawa sparkling quality of sushi, served up in his tiny strip mall location. Although the original Nozawa is no longer present, there is a popular SugarFish chain founded by Mr. Nozawa, serving his signature warm rice sushi, but it is a far cry from the original Nozawa restaurant. Nonetheless, there is a truly memorable sushi meal to be had in LA — the Warm Crab Hand Roll. You can find this delicious crab meal at Iroha in Studio City, only a few blocks from the original Nozawa. It is perfect for meeting up with friends, family as well as workplace relations because this sushi restaurant does its warm crab hand roll better than anyone else in the area.
The large toaster-oven- warmed slabs of real crab are spiked with the Iroha’s special mayo, wrapped snugly in white soy wrapper and dusted with salmon roe. It is absolutely delicious, but you cannot stop your good eats there. Hope back in your card, head west on Ventura Boulevard, turn left on Van Nuys to head up and over to Beverly Glen to Westwood to try the spicy tuna with crispy sticky rice. You will find yourself at the Sushi Maru and yes almost every sushi restaurant has some kind of spicy tuna dish but most are terrible. At the Sushi Maru, chef Maru-san creates perfect rectilinear blocks of flash fried sticky rice, which are tender on the inside, delicately crispy and topped with a generous amount of high quality spicy tuna and thin slices of jalapeños. Try it and you won’t regret it. This is a perfect happy hour treat for workplace socializing as well as first dates. If you want a real treat, you may want to head northwest to the corner of San Vicente and 26th street in Brentwood for the Cajun Sashimi Nagao. It is the perfect workplace outing for sushi fanatics.
Chef Nagao’s sushi restaurant offers a mouth watering cajun sashimi with giant slices of tuna and yellowtail,dusted with cajun spices, seared and placed in Nagao’s homemade ponzu sauce. The radish and garlic sauce with finely shredded Sho-su ( Japanese herb) is perfect in every way. If you have never had Sho-su it has a taste of mint and basil in one. From LA local to tourists, try these great sushi hangouts and you won’t be disappointed. These restaurants are great hangout spots for casual workplace outings, date night, meeting up with friends and even enjoying a dinner with family. You can learn more about each of these workplace/ date night restaurants today. If you know of any other LA sushi restaurants, please leave a comment below.