Having been recently robbed blind at Maki Zushi in Tustin, I was skeptical about deviating from my usual sushi go to: Mori Sushi.
However, it was a Friday evening and I didn't feel like dealing with traffic so seeing as how I was in the area, I decided to give Sushi Gen a try. I'm glad I did. The sushi is a short step below Mori and Zo IMO. The fish quality is just as fresh as either Mori or Zo due to the demand and turnover. The rice is very nicely seasoned. One cannot appreciate each grain like at Mori and even Zo, but it was properly seasoned at the right temperature and had a nice texture to it. I started off omakase which stopped after I told him I forgot to tell him I disliked salmon sushi. I had:
Sashimi- 3 very thick generous slices each
Hamachi- great texture and flavor
Bluefin Chu toro. Good quality. Nice mix of fat and lean.
Mirugai. sweet, crunchy, very good, not excellent
Sushi- each piece x 2
Bluefin o-toro. Amazingly fresh, rich, well sliced, no gristle. Second only to Urasawa's o-toro and Mori's best bluefin o-toro back when he was serving bluefin.
Hamachi belly. Very flavorful and second only to Mori's buri belly when in season.
Tai- with yuzu pepper paste and yuzu juice
Spanish Mackeral- very fresh, delicious
Maguro- a bit flavorless. Only letdown of the night
Scallop. sweet, fresh, very good, not excellent
Shima aji-excellent. As good as good as Zo's, just a notch below the best I've had.
The bill for above sushi: $80! I consider that a steal considering the quality of the o-toro and such thick slices for the sashimi. If I'm being nit picky, I'd say that the slices were a bit on the thick side (which some might enjoy) and that the rice though well seasoned and at the right temp a solid notch below Mori and Zo. No exotic stuff or specially prepared stuff. However, the sushi bill is easily half of Mori and Zo.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sushi Gen for high quality basic sushi when one doesn't feel like spending too much on a sushi dinner.
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210