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Blast from the past, Sushi (Dokoro) Imai - Gardena

Sgee | Dec 5, 201007:30 PM     2

I was unable to find any previous posts so thought I'd share a favorable experience last night. First noticed it a few weeks ago after lunch at Mottainai Ramen, the traditional wood paneled exterior caught my attention as I drove by, reminded me of an old school sushi bar from a couple of decades ago.

Anyway we arrived Saturday evening around 7pm just as 3 other diners were finishing up their meal, sadly we were the only diners there the rest of the night. I was a little concerned after the other diners left, thought I was going to regret my decision but was fortunately ended up being proven wrong.

Here's what we ordered accompanied by a brief description and standouts noted.

1) Abalone sashimi - crunchy and fresh - served with grated wasabi, salt and lemon.
2) Halibut sushi - freshly grated ginger with a light touch of ponzu
3) Yellowtail - served too cold and weakest item for the evening
4) Saba/Mackerel - creamy and not overly vinegar-ed - very good. My wife who is not a big saba fan loved it.
5) Aji - served with grated ginger and no ponzu. Excellent quality, one of the best I've had in a while
6) Tai / Snapper - lightly seared on the outside served with yuzu kosho
7) Sweet Shrimp - not live but still very good
8) Scallop - served with salt - good quality
9) Anago - nothing special
10) Uni - very fresh, sweet, clean tasting, no fishy aftertaste whatsoever - very good
11) Ika Geso - served lightly brushed with unagi sauce
12) Mentaiko Hand roll - accompanied by nagaimo and daikon sprouts, great combination

Overall, well seasoned shari, good fish quality across the board with several standouts. Itamae reminds me of Shibucho in Costa Mesa, skilled and unpretentious old guard itamae who first setup shop in 80s.

Not a destination restaurant, but worth checking out if you are in the area for some great traditional sushi.

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Sushi Dokoro Imai
2225 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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