I have heard of this place for ages, but had also heard that it wasn't for the "sushi neophyte" which I still considered myself to be.
Now, Azami is always my tried and true, but sometimes the drive to Melrose and La Brea is too daunting a task. Armed with the knowledge the Azami women have given me, I felt I was ready for Saito's.
I drove past Pazzaz Sushi to get to Saito's, and it was packed to the gills, so I expected the same...Unfortunately for Saito, that was not the case. It's a very simple space, with one waitress and only Saito behind the bar. There isn't really a menu, Saito can create an omakase for you, or you can ask if he has your favorites on hand. I started with snapper served with lemon and salt. Delicious! The rice was the perfect lukewarm temperature and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth. Actually, that description fits every piece I had, even the salmon which usually has a few chewy bits. The cuts were very generous, especially the toro. Others around me were ordering sashimi and the plates looked really good.
I had 8 (maybe 9?) orders total and my bill was $63. Not cheap, but I absolutely felt it was worth it. I'm sure the toro pushed that number upward.
Service is efficient, but not exactly warm until you are a regular. I felt comfortable enough to ask questions and make sure I got what I wanted.
I'm glad I finally tried Saito's, after living in the neighborhood almost 5 years. It's a good, solid sushi place without all the fancy rolls and other distractions.
4339 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2111 View Map
323 663 8890