Any sushi chef worth their knives can source and slice quality seafood, but not all of them can talk about it the way chef Katsu Hisanaga does at Yui. The tiny sushi bar in the charming town of Sierra Madre flies a little below the radar in LA’s excellent sushi landscape, but on the quality-price-variety matrix it’s hard to beat. A quick scroll through the restaurant’s Instagram reveals an endless stream of fishphotos, which list the specials, their place of origin, and a charming little tidbit, a description or fact or personal remembrance about the fish. Maybe you will eat a beltfish so long it spills off of chef’s cutting board, or discover the three edible kinds of sea cucumber (they have red ones, the sashimi grade kind), or learn what skipjack can tell you about the weather (when they get fat, it’s almost fall), or maybe you’ll catch Hisanaga playing a 1953 Telecaster guitar. Whatever it is, it’s worth the drive out the 210 and up into the foothills.
How to order: Reservations and takeout available over the phone at 626-325-3840.