Took your advice and went to Azami Sushi for lunch today. It was absolutely fantastic. The service was top-notch and when the chefs found out (by having the waitress ask us) that it was our first time there, they brought most of the omakase choices over themselves, explaining each one in detail to us (we were at a table).
Absolutely delicious - the fish was fresh and cut liberally, with a good and varied presentation. I loved the details that they used to very lightly dress the fish: fresh cracked peppercorns, special grated root (like ginger, can't recall the name), special lemon sauce, sea salt flakes and white pepper, shiso leaf, mystery oils and subtle sauces.
This is the first time in 20 years of sushi-enjoying that I did not even pour a drop of soy sauce. It was completely unneccessary. Now, they also feature fresh wasabi paste, so of course I had to partake, but i wound up putting small dabs on the fish itself. I just couldn't imagine drowning the art they created.
I don't remember all of it but: toro, yellowtail, giant scallop, mackerel, tuna, snapper, uni... the uni was SOOOOO fresh and delicious. Also a soft-shell crab tekamaki accented with burdock. Yum. The rice was perfection - little pearls with the perfect amount of separation and stick.
I wholeheartedly recommend Azami Sushi: 7160 Melrose Ave. Park on the side streets south of there. Thank you so much for the tip - definitely going back soon.
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