Sushi in a Strip Mall
After our harrowing experience being told what we could and couldn't eat (no soy sauce!?) at the famous Sushi Nozawa (Studio City, CA, 818.508.7017), LAist decided that locating a sushi restaurant with great food and freedom of choice was the order of the day. And so we set out, chopsticks and wasabi in hand, to locate some of the better out-of-the-way sushi joints across town.You can imagine our surprise (while waiting for our trademark Black Forest Blended at The Coffee Bean on Santa Monica and Sepulveda) when we stumbled upon a strip-mall hidden gem called Hamasaku (West L.A., 310.479.7636). Co-owned by entertainment manager Jimmy Miller (repping such Hollywood hotshots as Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey), the signature sushi rolls are amazing (can you say Lobster rolls and Japanese burritos?) and the prices are pretty reasonable if you don't go crazy ordering the LA-location inspired rolls and celebrity-influenced concoctions. Sure, the 405 roll is to die for... But the Scott Foley roll (of Felicity fame), well, leaves a bit to be desired. If you want to get in, reservations are necessary.