Restaurants & Bars 5

Anju Sushi

TomSwift | Jul 2, 2003 05:08 PM

Some friends and I tried this place last night so I thought I'd toss it into the ongoing sushi debate. The place is in the strip mall on the southeast corner of Barrington and Gateway in West LA. It is tiny, with 5 tables for 2 and 15 places at the bar (2 chefs). They seem to draw a 25-45 year old crowd. This is not a place for purists. The 3 of us ordered omakase and received: live sea scallop (from the shell) sushi; cured salmon sashimi with roquefort crumbles; hamachi sashimi napped with a sweet cream sauce and ponzu; natto hand roll with shiso; uni on mackeral sashimi on a bed of sushi rice with salmon roe; tempura spicy tuna on crispy wonton; toro cheek sushi with citrus sauce; and salmon skin hand roll. Strangely, all of these odd combinatons worked quite well. The toro cheek was outstanding. All of the fish was very fresh. The waitstaff of one was swift and personable. The bill for 3, with 2 large kirins, 3 large house sakes and 3 glasses of Chard was $180 before tax and tip. I may go back, but if I don't it won't be because of anything to do with the dining experience, which was delicious and creative. It'll be because my sushi tastes run more toward the traditional.

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