Japanese folks visiting L.A. know to head to Kasen for high-end omakase sushi. It’s very old school–sometimes they try to persuade non-Japanese people to go elsewhere, thinking they want California rolls, teriyaki and the like. Stick with it and profess your love for traditional sushi, and you’ll get excellent, super-fresh sushi; russkar prefers it to Costa Mesa’s well-regarded Shibucho.

Omakase is pricey, but at lunch it’s a reasonable $35-60.

Kasen [South OC]
9039 Garfield Ave., Fountain Valley

Sushi Shibucho [South OC]
590 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa

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