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Mia Sushi -- Eagle Rock (short review)

Lachyk | Apr 17, 200601:30 PM

Tried this place over the weekend. I live in the neighborhood, and I was happy to see a sushi place open. I didn't expect much (especially since I saw them advertising "sushi chef wanted" on craigslist about a week before they opened) and it met my expectations.

The sushi is passable and does the trick for a neighborhood sushi joint, but the atmosphere kicks it up a notch with low lighting and (too-loud) ambient music. The patio will be great when it gets a little bit warmer, but the liquor store next door has some intersting foot traffic that is a little distracting. The wait staff looks like this is the first time they've ventured east of La Brea, and the owner is friendly and personable.

About the food -- one roll was "tempura-fried" but had a hard, crusty fried shell almost like a fried empanada. California Roll/Sushi Fish on Los Feliz has better tempura rolls. (and that's sad) If that's their idea of tempura-fried, I'm glad I didn't order the vegetable tempura! Also, two rolls said they came with "spicy tuna" but had two different fillings -- one that was a compressed kind of white-colored tuna salad type of paste (like the aforementioned California Roll) and then the spicy tuna I was expecting -- reddish and spicy.

The salmon, tuna and albacore were all fresh and tasty but the albacore didn't come with ponzu sauce as I had expected it to. Generous cuts of fish for a good price.

We didn't order anything adventurous at all, and we liked the sushi but not the rolls. Next time maybe we'll challenge the sushi chefs a little bit.

Prices are reasonable and I'll return when I have a sushi craving and don't feel like driving, but Little Tokyo need not worry about the competition.

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