This Westwood sushi spot combines sophisticated and traditional Japanese flavors with Californian twists in an elegant and welcoming space. Tucked in the corner of a strip mall is this beloved roll-zone, as noted for its celebrity clientele as it is for its food. The rolls are deliciously over-the-top (The Lourd: spicy tuna, avocado, tempura flakes, spicy rice, mango and Jalapeño sauce. Tell me that doesn’t sound good.), and the chef takes his omakase very, very seriously.
Tucked in the corner of a strip mall (natch) is this beloved Westside haven, as noted for its celebrity clientele as it is for its food. The inventive rolls are over the top yet never too much, like the Lourd (a spicy tuna delight accompanied by avocado, mango, and jalapeño) or the Rick Castle (a yellowtail/seared tuna revelation enhanced with shishito pepper and crispy onion). Plus, considering how much an omakase can set you back nowadays, Hamasaku’s $85 price tag (which includes crab sunomono salad, six sashimi, ten seasonal sushi, a hand roll, and dessert) feels reasonable for the insane quality of fish and the elegant yet understated ambiance—which belies its strip mall surroundings.
How to book: Make reservations online or by calling 310-479-7636. Order for pickup or delivery via delivery apps.