If those on this board are like me and are trying to conserve cash during this economic downturn, but also still need a quality sushi dining experience to get you through life, then I must guide you to the best place for it: Sushi Masu on Westwood in West LA. I've been eating there for a couple of years now, and must say that it is one of the most fantastic sushi deals in the city. The omakase for 1 comes in at around 30 bucks, and you get huge cuts of some of the freshest, delicious, and most diverse selection of fish that I've come across in this city. And I've been to most of the biggies: Sasabune, Hamasaku, Mori, and Hide. The first 3 are pretty steep when it comes to the bill. Hide is cheap, but I've noticed a decline in quality over the years and for some reason the place is always packed with crowd. In fact, I think I've tasted fresher fish at Masu than some of the more praised joints like Sasabune or even Nozawa. My advice is to sit at the bar under Masu. Don't go for the cooked food or even the rolls. Just the fish. The kampachi, king mackerel, butterfish, white tuna, and leather fish (i've never seen that anywhere else) -- all the best. Not only is he a master of the trade, but he might also be one of the most entertaining people I've ever met. He has a wicked sense of humor and will most certainly chat you up if you can get through his very thick accent. His conversations with me have run the gamut from women's thongs to fairy tale origins to the digestive system. He's a wonderful human being, who cares very much about quality and taste. And I know it sounds like I'm fawning at this point, but if you need another selling point, Masu's also a closet environmentalist (he doesn't advertise it, but he'll explain if you ask him) in the sense that he is conscious about serving fish that are in danger of being overfished like the bluefin. Masu is the real deal, and I can't recommend him highly enough.
1911 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025