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Further Chronicles of Sushi in the Valley: Ahi Sushi

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If there's one thing we've learned about sushi from all our recent experience, it's that it's darn near impossible to find a decent sushi restaurant open for lunch on Sundays. We couldn't wait til dinner. We couldn't think of somewhere not too far over any of the hills in the 323 to try. So we roamed the valley floor until we stopped at Ahi Sushi on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. It was dim and cool inside, and also completely empty. Is eating sushi for lunch on a Sunday a social faux-pas? we wondered. No matter. We got cozy at the bar and began to inspect the menu.

If LAist has been learning anything from hitting up all these various sushi joints, it's that there is defninitely a core list of menu items. So we've started to look for the things that stand out, such as special cuts of nigiri sushi or sashimi, or rolls that deviate from the California topped with something norm. Ahi definitely has a couple of bright spots; their rolls have unique ingredients, like Lemon Jalapeno Sauce, Chilean Sea Bass, or Tempura Jalapeno. We zeroed in on the Sashimi Roll, which is Blue Crab wrapped in tuna sashimi, then wrapped in thin slices of cucumber, and drizzled in a creamy sauce. We're always bemoaning all the filling rice that gets loaded into rolls--this one is rice-free, and a refreshing break from the standard. The sushi cuts are generous, and hang far over their tiny mound of rice. The chef suggested we try the Spanish Mackrel, which comes dusted in salt and lemon, and now we're hooked on the fish. At the end of the meal he presented us with a cubed wedge of fresh mango, which left our already happy taste buds feeling fresh and sweetened. Ahi Sushi is not as raucous or wild as some other sushi spots, and the menu is compact but has a few great gems at reasonable prices. And, one thing we did make note of, Anna Nicole apparently loves it there--her picture is up twice behind the sushi bar. We'll forgive them that, because their sushi was great, and the chef friendly and full of suggestions. And so the sushi search continues...

Ahi Sushi 12915 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City (818) 981-0277
Photo of Chef Jimmy Wu from the Ahi Sushi Website