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Sushi Tenn (review)

Gotham | Nov 23, 2005 01:12 PM

Visited Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle last night. It's about a block or so north of Hide, next door to Orris.

The decor is stunning, stark white walls, high ceilings, string lighting. The bar only seats 12, and unfortunately it's not raised, so I felt a little too close to the floor. But mostly it was a very cool space.

The sushi itself was very good, very fresh. The fatty tuna may be the best I've ever eaten. The salmon was also quite tasty as was the yellowtail. The shrimp and crab however had a faint taste of bleach (!)

Their menu is limited in that they don't have many rolls (no California roll -- my goodness!) and they're missing some of the other American-ized dishes I like such as spicy tuna roll, salmon skin, etc. Not a lot of creativity, but what they did serve was mostly tasty (trying to get the flavor of the shellfish out of my mind and palate though!). They go a ltitle heavy on the wasabe, so if you're not a fan of the burning sensation you need to tell the chef to ease off.

They started by handing me the list of items that I could mark off, something I'm used to when seated at a table, but never while at the sushi bar. Even though there were only about 6 other people there last night, I felt rushed and was in and out in 35 minutes. Has this happened to anyone else recently?

The service was polished, albeit distant, the sushi chefs were rather quite rather than boisterous... all of this is okay I guess, just a little different form the festive nature I've come to expect with LA sushi bars.

So I suppose the best way to summarize Sushi Tenn would be to say this is a fairly "elegant" sushi bar, it is not cheap, they do what they do pretty well, and if you're in the mood for a quick, quiet time, it is a good place.

Being that I had ample time on my hands, I went down the street to Lolli-cup for some Boba Tea and that was an exceptionally good way to top off the meal.

Parking is tough, had to go 3 blocks off Sawtelle, but that is the nature of the area.

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