Last autumn I read here about a Sushi Restaurant in Toluca Lake called SHO. Evidently the owner was the sushi chef at Nobu Malibu (though I am only repeating what I read on this board). The early posts were quite encouraging, but I have not heard anything about this place recently, so...last night my partner and I went to see for ourselves.
This is absolutletly a great sushi place. I cannot understand why it is so slow. It is a little off the sushi row of Ventura Blvd perhaps, but it is easy to get to and has ample parking. The service was excellent. We had two waitresses and a chef attending to us in grand style (partly because we were the only two diners in the place). The sushi is so good, so fresh, and so well presented; it's lack of customers is a mystery.
We put ourselves in the chefs hands. We told him we were not super hungry and liked everything. We really wanted to sample the best he had...
He started us with a huge Blue Crab Hand Roll. It was packed with excellent, moist all white shreds of delcious meat. It really was generous!
He followed that with Albacore and Yellowtail sushi with a nice citrus ginger sauce. Slightly tart so as to enhance the sweet fish. There were two pieces of each fish for both of us.
Next was an unusual Spanish Mackrel sushi topped with lemon and ginger shards. Very big flavors! It was a nice change from the subtlties of the earlier fish. Again two pieces each.
Next we had an excellent Uni. One piece each.
Lastly he brought us a spicy tuna (which I watched him make from the excellent tuna in the case in front of me...no bait and switch here which can be a problem with spicy tuna). The Tuna was served atop a crispy rice cake and garnished with red and black fish roe! I loved the contrasting textures, plus it was terrific tasting too.
We steeled ourselves for the bill, as we really had no idea what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the total was $62.24 (no alcohol). A bargain for the quality and attention we got!