I stopped in at the cute, tiny Sake House Miro on La Brea last night for a snack before a movie. I'll preface this by saying the Japanese options in this area, other than Mishima and Hirozen, are pretty limited, so my expectations were adjusted accordingly.
Sake House has 15 kinds of sake, some rather pricey, as well as the typical sushi offerings and a small menu of izakaya small plates and yakitori skewers. Since the menu didn't seem as interesting as Haru Ulala, I just got an order of tuna sushi and an albacore roll. There's fried chicken, tofu steak, black cod, cheese mochi, etc. on the izakaya menu.
I liked my smooth Kaori sake, which was $8 for an ample glass. I'd give the sushi a 3 out of 5 -- not up to Hirozen's standards, but this place is more like a neighborhood watering hole.
Sake House has a great atmosphere, with Godzilla posters and vintage Japanese telephones -- it feels like you're stopping into your neighborhood pub in Tokyo for a drink after work. Words to the wise: Mondays are 2 for 1 sake and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are 2 for 1 beer and soju cocktails.
Not the most amazing Japanese food, but a fun, friendly place if you're in the neighborhood.
Sake House Miro
809 S. La Brea