There’s a new sushi bar in Little Tokyo, Takumi, with an old hand behind the counter: Hiro, who worked for eight years at the crushingly popular Sushi Gen down the street.
Takumi’s fish is super fresh, tender, and moist, says chowmominLA. They have honjake salmon, higher quality than the regular kind–nicely marbled and not too fatty. Albacore is tender and moist, and yellowtail flavorful. Toro comes two ways in one order: the first piece plain and simple, the second seared in a way that transforms the fattiness without sacrificing the flavor, and sluiced with a citrusy, sweet-soyish kind of sauce.
Sushi averages $4.50 per two-piece order, with honjake salmon at $5.50 and toro at $10. There are also affordable lunch specials and bentos–sushi moriawase lunch includes eight pieces of assorted nigiri and six small pieces of tuna roll for $12.50.
The dinner menu has a lot more cooked items than at lunch. There’s an omakase option for $80 that includes sushi, sashimi and cooked dishes–according to the customer’s taste.
Decor is very light, new, and modern.
A sushi place is only as good as its chefs. Kawasaki-san, formerly of Sushi Go 55, is reportedly at Azabu in Whittier–for the time being. Meanwhile, at Go 55, the new chef is good, says Jerome. Sashimi pieces and portions are smaller than at Sushi Gen, but it’s quite fresh. While there, be sure to check out the fried oysters, which HPLsauce thinks are the best in the city, so far.
Sushi Gen [Little Tokyo]
422 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles
Azabu [East LA-ish]
13119 Philadelphia St., Whittier