Had a very nice lunch at Nishi-ya today. It's on the Glendale/Burbank border at the corner of Victory and Western. The chef formerly worked at a sushi bar in Santa Monica and has now started his own place. It's omakase only, meaning he sets the menu; you can specify any dislikes and he will not include them.
The quality of the fish was excellent (Boston tuna, Japanese yellowtail, East coast blue crab, Norwegian salmon, Scottish salmon, and others). The sushi rice was very good, but perhaps not as skillfully shaped as I have experienced elsewhere. One special touch was the addition of a slice of sweet kelp to the Scottish salmon. The offerings were generally traditional, with the exception of the spicy tuna handroll. I also noticed he served fresh water eel, which I understand is not traditional in sushi bars (sea eel is served instead).
I found the price very reasonable, particularly given the quality of the fish. He serves only sushi, so do not expect to find chicken teriyaki or tempura. It is certainly the best sushi bar I've found in that particular area. I recommend it.
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