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Posted by Lisa D on 11/08/2012
Being raised in LA and having lived around various parts of LA; the Valley, Los Feliz, Mid-City, Miracle Mile, and now West LA, means that I've encountered lots of Sushi restaurants to date. Hamasaku is probably by far my favorite. It's low-key, which allows you to have an actual conversation, and comes with great food and great service. The menu isn't necessary a traditional Japanese sushi menu, but that is the beauty of this place. It offers quality, yummy food, with a creative and unique twist. This doesn't mean that they pour sauce over everything, but the chefs really do take care in creating the unique combinations of the flavors in their dishes. When I look at the menu, it looks like a combo between foodie/popular ingredients and a traditional Japanese menu, sprinkled with molecular gastronomy twists. Some of my faves are the baked crab hand roll, salmon carpaccio, yellowtail yuzu cloud, garlic soy edamame, and the very delicious steamed buns! I'll finish my review with a reminder that although the food is better than what I've found in other foodie popular restaurants, the service in this quaint location is above and beyond. The staff is friendly and there are managers walking around checking in on the tables. My experience at Hamasaku is opposite of most other busy LA restaurants, where you are always wondering why they didn't put more staff on the schedule that day. If you can't tell, I really do love this place!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2012
Went here based on friends recommendation. First off they didn't seat us for 30 minutes though there were tables open. Claimed they were reserved but half the place was empty. Sat us at a table that had been empty for those 30 minutes. Starved by then so ordered a few sushi items and rolls to start. Ordered hamachi and toro and waiter had no idea what that was. Should have figured when not one Japanese person was viewed in the establishment. Fish was average and so was tempura and the chicken dinners we ordered. Think people must think cause prices are high and rolls are named after stars, must be good but not even close to even an average place. You can eat anywhere in LA where you pay a third of the price without the pretencious attitude and truly quality food.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2011
the quality of the fish here is extremely fresh and melts in your mouth. there is a great selection of rolls that are delicious. i highly recommended this as a top sushi place in la.
Posted by ananymous on 04/01/2010
The first reviewer must have been there on an off night, because it is always a treat to go there. It is expensive, but worthy of a splurge.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2007
We had reservations at 7 PM and waited over an hour. People the lousy hostess knew that didn't have reservations were seated beforehand. I overheard more than two conversations about the people not having reservations, but she told them not to worry. When we finally got seated, the service was terrible and the food was the worse Japanese food I ever ate and paid top $ for that. It's supposed to be a celeb hang out but how stupid are the stars that eat there. Not worth the money or the attitude. Figures the owner is a Japanese sell out.