I have been searching for excellent sushi in the South bay for a very long time, and I have finally found a sushi restaurant that can at least compete with the top restaurants in los angeles. The place is called Kanzen and is located in South Redondo Beach.
811 Torrance Blvd,
redondo beach, ca, 90277
The owners are super friendly, it is a large place with ample parking in front, has nice decor, and is in a nice neighborhood. Some of the really good sushi places are too far from the beach, in far-from fantastic neighborhoods, or are very small and cramped establishments. Anyhow, it has all the ingredients of a good comfortable establishment, so all they need is delicious food. In that category, they deliver.
We ordered blue fin tuna nigiri, yellow fin sashimi, poke tuna, crispy rice spicy tuna, and a few choice rolls. I am a sushi novice, so I could not unluck the full potential of this place, but what I did manage to order was VERY impressive. THe crispy rice sushi was EXCELLENT and if you havent tried it before, it is a must try. The fish was super fresh, and the rolls well prepared.
For anyone who loves sushi in the South Bay (especially beach cities) you have to check out this place. It is 10x better than the other sushi places.
Also, the owner and staff are former employees of Matsuhisa and they claim that they can make anything from Matsuhisa, so the huge sushi lovers can ignore the menu and just order Matsuhisa style.
This place was not as good as Matsuhisa, but it is a) In redondo beach where I live b) Half the price c) Almost as good (at least to me the novice).