A friend of mine told me to go checkout Hiko Sushi located a few blocks south of Sawtelle Japantown. But she warned me about some of the strict rules they have, including no cell phone usage. I’m not concerned about rules. I just want to eat some good sushi, so I decided to check this place out.
But I digress.
First off, note that this place is only open Monday through Friday. Frankly, sushi is not fresh on Sunday, so it’s not a good idea to go on the weekend for sushi at any place. This tiny restaurant is located in a strip mall next to Chase Bank so at night, you can park at the bank lot. I don’t think it’s a good idea to do that during the day, however.
Also, they make it clear that you cannot talk on your cell phone, and they only serve traditional sushi. Period. No tempura. No California slash dragon rolls. And it’s no joke.
First up, Baby tuna sashimi (see below) which, in my opinion was prepared in a rush, but delicious and my mouth is salivating as I write this now.
The Yellowtail ($6) (see below) was fresh and prepared properly.
The ponzu sauce really makes the Albacore ($5.50) and I highly recommend it. However, like the sashimi, it seems to have been prepared in a rush.
The Snapper and Toro were fresh but the cuts seemed to be not as precise as it should be.
Sea bass with pickled thin seaweed was good and also fresh but again seemed to be prepared in a rush.
All in all, if you are looking for traditional sushi, fresh and deliciously prepared, come here. Don’t come here looking for cheap sushi. Apparently, it’s okay to text on your phone, and even take pictures, but you cannot talk on your phone. If you don’t take their rules seriously, you will be told to leave. Nazi sushi at it’s best.
11275 National Blvd. (near Sawtelle), West Los Angeles, CA 90064
Open Mon-Fri: noon-1:45 pm, 6–9:30 pm
Summary : This place is family run with a smallish staff. The restaurant is tiny so be sure to arrive early or you will be waiting a long time for seats. The taste and freshness are there but the preparation technique could be better.
We’re glad to hear you enjoyed Hiko Sushi! Their Master Sushi Chef Shinji Murata is now working his culinary magic with Omakase Sushi at Kasen in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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