If you have ever been to a Sugarfish, or the Nozawa Bar at the Beverly Hills Sugarfish, then you already know the excellent quality of the sushi. But if you ever wanted to just get some hand rolls only, then the new KazuNori Hand Roll Bar in downtown Los Angeles is just your ticket.
The restaurant is basically located at the ground floor of a parking structure and is setup like a bar. You seat yourself, and they will literally serve you the rolls on a piece of paper on the counter. They use paper plates and cups and the atmosphere is more like a taco stand than a sushi bar.
As with Sugarfish, you can order ala-carte or a set of 3 ($10.50), 4 ($13) or 5 ($17.50) rolls. Of course, you get a better deal with the 5 rolls so I tried that out.
First up, the “Daily” roll shown below. Frankly, although they told me what it was, I cannot remember.
Next up, the salmon roll. This is my favorite here. Just like at Sugarfish, the quality is very consistent. I’ve been here about 5 times and it’s always the same excellent quality.
Next, choose between scallop or cucumber. I tried the cucumber on this trip but I’ve also tried the scallop. I like them both but if you want something very light, the cucumber wins here.
Next up, blue crab roll. If you like crab, this will melt in your mouth. One of the best things about these rolls is the contrast between the soft mushy crab, and the amazingly crisp nori (seaweed) wrap. That is how you can tell the difference in quality between this place and others.
Finally, you finish up with the lobster roll. I’m not a big lobster fan in general so this didn’t really excite me. It’s also a little heavy for my taste. Not sure I wanted to end the meal with this roll but the order that the rolls come to you is fixed. I wish I could end with the cucumber roll.
The hot green tea is $2.50 and just like at Sugarfish, they include the tip into your bill. So for my 5 roll set, including the hot tea cost me $25.29.
As for parking, if you eat at a normal pace, the parking is will cost $5. If you are there with your friends, and you are enjoying some drinks, it will probably cost more. One on of my trips, I was in a super rush and downed the sushi like a crazy person and managed to not have to pay anything for parking. I would not recommend you do this. You may have a heart attack from rushing.
All in all, if you love the Sugarfish hand rolls, this place is a must try and a no-brainer and because of the bar-counter setup, it’s reasonably priced. It’s also pretty fast and because you are at the counter, service is good. But don’t come here with your date if you are trying to impress her. For that, go to one of the Sugarfish locations.
421 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Take Out: (213) 493-6956