I don't alway subscribe to her reviews and this time I can't agree except when it comes to the fact that the service is actually gruff, and the plates are cheap, and the surroundings a little garish for a sushi bar. But the fish oh so good. the best toro at the cheapest prices for a legitimate sushi bar. also, crab handrolls that are excellent, if a bit small, I don't understand how s. irene can say they put a criimp in your appretite when they are so darn small but they are frightfully good. also, the baby tuna sashimi that starts the consistently good though as always never changing omakase was at the top of its form. and price wise it's a lot more reasonable than the usual la times critics' fave sushi bar.
also, mentioned the review to nozawa, and he said he doesn't really care for reviews, he does his thing and that's what counts, and as for celebrities who get kicked out that's only because when they enter they feel that they should own the places and that nozawa should give them the best seat in the house (although all the seats are uncomfortable, it does look like more of a simple cafe than a high temple of pretty good sushi). he treats everyone the same whether they are a celebrity or a plebian commoner, so i guess he's an egalitarian socialist at heart.
anyways, worth a try if you want. but if you don't that's fine too, because i don't think he's in want of business. and his thing may feel like a fascist pseudo shtick to most people but the fish quality does the talking and that's some talking that's being done. also, like i said before do not expect even a close to refined dining experience, only perfect fish.