Chirashi is the working man’s sushi lunch. It’s basically a bowl of sushi rice with a bunch of cuts of various raw fish on it, pressed down with a wooden press. Think of it as a sort of massive, frisbee-sized hunk of mega nigiri sushi. It’s not exactly lovingly hand-made, but it is cheaper. Where are this town’s good chirashis?
Sushi Go 55 makes an amazing chirashi with the usual cuts of fish plus mackerel, squid, and octopus, and uni available for an extra charge, says Haiylin. Izayoi has a beautiful chirashi available on their lunch menu only.
Sushi Gen’s chirashi is packed with tamago, various sashimi slices, perhaps octopus, ikura, shrimp, and more.
Jinpachi’s chirashi is an artfully assembled bowl of aquatic life with some less typical offerings like uni and squid, for around $20, says oleskoo. Sushi Kushi Imai has a dependable, workmanlike chirashi for substantially fewer bucks.
Considering their high quality, Sushi Tenn’s chirashi is an absolute bargain at $18 at lunchtime.
Kiriko makes a solid chirashi as well.
Shaab is a good chirashi stop if you’re near Pasadena.
Mako’s chirashi in Little Tokyo is good and inexpensive.
Sushi Go 55 [Little Tokyo]
333 S. Alameda St. #317, at 3rd St., Los Angeles
Izayoi [Little Tokyo]
132 South Central Ave., Los Angeles
Sushi Gen [Little Tokyo]
422 E. 2nd St., at Alameda, Los Angeles
Jinpachi [West Hollywood]
8711 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Sushi & Kushi IMAI [Beverly Hills]
8300 Wilshire Blvd., at San Vicente Blvd., Beverly Hills
Sushi Tenn [Sawtelle Strip]
2004 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles
Shaab Restaurant [Pasadena-ish]
77 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Mako Sushi [Little Tokyo]
Weller Court Shopping Ctr.
123 Astronaut Esonizuka St. #313, Los Angeles
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