So here's a question. What sushi places in the L.A. area are worth a trip for someone living in a sushi-rich neighborhood. In other words, I think Hide Sushi is good, but there is no reason someone should drive there from Studio City just for dinner. And on the flip side, what places in, say, Torrance can't be matched by something on Sawtelle, and justifies a 30-plus minute drive? Less a question of quality, which doesn't require a drive in this city, than of uniqueness and the whole experience.
I'll throw out Kiriko and Mori's (not a fan of the space in Sasabune)