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R-23 Sushi Downtown

lil mikey | Apr 2, 2005 10:53 PM

We arrived at about 6pm on a Saturday without reservations and were seated immediately. The crowd was about 50-50 pre-theater and pre-something else. We were pre-going home and watching TV. The place is small, so if it's important that you eat there, I suggest a reservation.

The space is inviting and warm. The brick walls and hardwood floors, coupled with the view of the skyscrapers downtown and the Gehry cardboard chairs make this a very special place.

Yellowtail carpaccio – 9 pieces of thinly sliced yellowtail. Three slices had black caviar on top, 3 slices had a very spicy green sauce and 3 slices had a less spicy red sauce. It was served over greens and was a perfect starter.

Lobster tempura – this was a whole lobster cut up into anatomical pieces. We had 2 large pieces of tail, including tailfins; 2 full claws; and a piece of meat presumably taken from inside the crustacean. It was served with tempura’ed onions, potato and asparagus. There was a dipping sauce alongside that was nice to have, but not necessary with the delicious, perfectly-cooked lobster.

Sushi – we played it safe and ordered stuff we knew we liked: tuna, albacore, red snapper, salmon, yellowtail, pike mackerel and whitefish. We also threw in a spicy tuna roll. They bring larger sushi orders out on a large 3-foot plank. It’s impressive and fun to have at the table.

THE SUSHI IS OUTSTANDING. I resent people who yell at me by typing all caps, but this was really good. In all honesty, even though the lobster was good, we should have skipped it for the sushi. And even though I didn’t look at the bill before paying it, the lobster must have been at least $30. Sushi is about $5-8 per order… very reasonable given the quality.

The total (we only drank water) was $117 before tip. I think the meal was worth every penny, and we’ll be back. It’s a great pre-anything downtown place.

R-23
923 East 2nd Street (in an alley between 2nd and 3rd)
Downtown LA
(213) 687-7178

Link: http://www.r23.com/

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