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Sasabune Report

Clare K. | Apr 22, 2004 03:26 PM

After finally trying Sasabune last Friday night, I have to question what people in Los Angeles consider to be great sushi, and, moreover, a great sushi experience. Since everyone and their mother recommended we go for the omakase menu, we did, and I was highly disappointed. First of all, the numerous chefs crank out dish after dish like some sort of assembly-line worker - the second you're done eating one thing, the waitresses come by, wisk your plate away and bring you something else. Maybe some people like that, but I like to enjoy sushi like a fine wine...I like to take it slow.

We got the "usual" albacore (everyone seems to know that is what the chef starts with, a bad sign for a true omakase place, if you ask me), which was good - everything was good and fresh, but it was nothing special. We then got hamachi, salmon, more albacore, some "baby" hamachi, red tuna - by the way, all sushi style, no variation at all - then a couple of other unmemorable sushis...it actually all looked very much like albacore, salmon or hamachi. Then we got the "usual" closer - the crab roll, which was mediocre at best. The topper was when my cold sake was served in a large water glass (!?!?!). She just poured the whole thing into a large glass. I have to say I have never been served cold sake this way - ever.

The whole point of an omakase restaurant is that you know you'll be surprised with a variety of things - sushi, rolls, maybe even a squid salad or something cooked, sashimi, etc. You usually get things that you wouldn't normally order. Sasabune offers the basics in their chef's choice, and for the price, I would have much rather ordered my own sushi. $50 per person for that? Give me a break.

I think they are resting on their laurels at this point. Oh, and the waitress actually rushed us out 2 minutes after we paid our bill, saying that there was a long line of people waiting to get in. The nerve.


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