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Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle (long-ish)

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Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle (long-ish)

igj | Jan 12, 2004 01:22 PM

While I love the sushi I love, I have always been wary of the more 'exotic' (which probably means 'traditional') types of sushi. I avoided sea urchin, eel and some other things that seemed too far out for me.

Then this weekend, I had a meal at Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle. They have three levels of chef's choice menus and we chose the most basic, which comes with miso soup (which had tofu with a firmer texture than I am used to in this soup - totally yummy), a sushi selection and ice cream or sorbet. When we sat down, a friendly waiter told us that the place only served traditional Japanese sushi, but asked if there was anything we wanted to avoid. My girlfriend and I were still too wary of eel, and neither of us likes shiso leaf, so we asked to avoid those two items.

The sushi that did come was beautifully presented and, on occasion, a revelation. The red snapper was one of the bext tasting pieces of sushi I have ever had. My girlfriend, who thought she did not like salmon or salmon roe, truly loved the former and was quite happy with the latter. She also was totally enthralled with the belly tuna, tuna and pickle rolls and the sea urchin. I was surprised at the mildness of the urchin and even sort of enjoyed it.

The sushi servings were quite sizable - maybe 13-15 pieces each? I lost track.

The cost was $45 or so for this level of dinner. Adding an appetizer brings you to the next level and adding sashimi on top of that was the sort of grand feast level.

Oh my sorbet was plum and it was KILLER. Extremely refreshing.

Anyone else have an experience with this place?

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