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Tama Sushi in Studio City... Loved it!

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Tama Sushi in Studio City... Loved it!

Bert | Sep 5, 2002 11:44 AM

I've hardly seen any write-ups on this place. It used to be Restaurant Katsu, but it was renamed after it burned down. The new restaurant (same location on ventura blvd) has incredible sushi. He also has three omakase options. One for 20 dollars- 10 pieces of sushi), one for 30 dollars -12 pieces of sushi, appetizers, sides, and an exotic soup, and one for 40 dollars- no set number of pieces of sushi (including the most premium stuff), appetizer sides and soup.

I've tried both the 30 and 40 dollar variations. Here's what I've gotten.

30: Sushi - yellowtail toro (incredible!), snapper, tuna poke sushi, halibut, halibut fin, snapper, albacore (best albacore i've had), amberjack, giant clam (geoduck clam)

40: Sushi - hama oyster, toro, yellowtail toro, live scallop, halibut, halibut fin, uni, kampachi, shima aji (yellow jack), giant clam (geoduck clam), a couple others.

Both came with some kind of seaweed and marinated mackerel salad that was wonderful despite me generally disliking mackerel. They also started with cold plates that varied. Things I remember include a mini-conch in the shell, pickled fish, some kind of okra with soybean paste, some salmon/cucumber/shiso dish. all very good and bite-sized.

Finally, though, the centerpiece of these meals was the soup, which is served last.
The first time I went, having the $40 omakase, the soup was a conch soup served in the shell. Amazing flavor. It was served in some strange japanese box that i've never seen before that still had a live fire going inside, heating the shell!
The second time, during the $30 omakase, he served us a seafood soup in a "paper pot" that i've only ever seen on the Iron Chef. Just like on the show, this bowl (picture a large origami bowl with soup in it) was served over an open flame (in the same box as the conch soup). this soup was absolutely amazing. Sweet, complex, full of seafood, and a huge portion. In fact, it was listed as an a la carte special that day for $15. Taking that into consideration, it was as if the rest of my meal (12 pieces sushi plus sides) only cost $15 as well...

Both meals were great bargains. The sushi quality was top-notch (on a par with sasabune, better than echigo and z sushi, which are all places i've been recently), but the prices were amazingly low.

One last thing. If you go and order a la carte, you order sushi by the piece, which is nice for having more variety. Some of the sushi prices were incredibly low, such as $1.50 for a piece of salmon sushi. Even the yellowtail toro (and it was the fattiest yellowtail i've ever had) was only $2.25 per piece.

Anyway, there weren't very many other diners during my meals on Friday night and another Saturday night. I'm hoping they get a few more so that they can recover from the fire that consumed Restaurant Katsu.

TAMA SUSHI
11920 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818)760-4585

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