In my unending quest for the best sushi in Los Angeles, it was time to try Sushi Tsujita in the Little Osaka area. You can park in the lot behind the building and walk around to the front where you will notice what seems like an excessively large chandelier outside the restaurant.
Once inside, you will see the sushi bar on the right and just a few tables on the left. This place is tiny and the seating area is smaller than the non-seating area behind the bar and in the back. It’s probably a good idea to make reservations on any night that might be busy. The inside was very bright but since I have trouble with my old age eye sight, this helped me read the menu. It was also great for the pictures below.
We decided to get the Omakase ($120), which starts with the Kumamoto oyster with ikura and uni shown below. Great start but I wish there was more of it. For some reason, the order of the items were not the same on both plates. This made it difficult for the waiter to explain which was which.
They serve the nigiri sushi to be eaten from left to right, using your fingers, which is the proper way to eat nigiri sushi. They make it a point to tell you that’s what the hand towel is for. Although my friend asked for “no wasabi,” her nigiri came with wasabi anyway.
It appeared that the waitress was being trained by the male waiter during our visit. She was an experienced waitress but just needed to know how things were done at this particular restaurant.
Various fish appetizers shown below.
More uni and ikura on rice shown below. Since we already had some with the oyster, this seemed a little repetitive to me but I never complain about uni and ikura. More please.
Next up was the Pumpkin manju, a pumpkin croquette with shrimp and scallion dashi gravy. I have to admit, I’ve never had anything like this dish before. It’s not like a soup because it’s very viscous and the pumpkin is soaking in it. I’m indifferent on this dish, which is rare for me. I usually either love it or hate it.
At the end, there was home made egg cake, which was very mild as a desert and not sweet. I didn’t mind it because I don’t like super sweet cake, especially ones with tons of icing.
All in all, the nigiri sushi was excellent, and most of the other dishes were good. The service was good but the ambiance was probably not good for a date. The chef made a few minor errors but that did not affect the dishes. There was no charge for hot green tea and the staff was very authentic along with the food. However, I think you can get slightly better for the price from other similar places.
2006 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Monday through Sunday
Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm
Authentic but pricey
Summary : Excellent nigiri sushi and most of the other dishes were good. The interior is very bright so probably not the place for a romantic date. But if you like seeing what you are eating, this is your place.