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Sushi Zo on National ( a little long)

kevin | Jun 16, 200605:25 PM

Anyways, I finally visited this pretty new sushi joint (the owner they've been around for maybe all of three months).

I had a tad bit of trouble finding the place since I thought it was on the other side of National near where the Whole Foods, and the Westdale and Mar Vista areas are it.

So yeah, the joint is catty corner to a starbucks right next door to a mini-mall called the Cheviot Hills Shopping Center.

I walked inside. There was maybe one person sitting at the counter and that's about it. The waitress mentioned that they were serving sushi and handrolls only. that was fine with me, I didn't come here to scarf down Spicey tuna dragon rolls topped with avocada and syruping chile-induced eel sauce. But I did notice a list of special of the day that included miso soup, among sushi suspects such as white shrimp, shima aji, freshwater eel, flying fish, etc.

So took a seat at the counter. And surprisingly you do not have to order "Omakase" if you're sitting at the counter. Also, it was quite refreshing that one could order piece by piece. I like it much better this way so you can try a whole bunch of different items.

So anyways here's the list of what I had, all our one piece each unless otherwise stated.:

Tuna sashimi (more like two pieces of tuna aka maguro without the rice).

Spanich mackerel.



Toro (two pieces, i had to order another one after seeing how delicious the first piece was).

Freshwater eel.

Saltwater eel.

Shima aji.

And a toro handroll.

Everything was very good, in my opinion better than Echigo and Sasabune for sure. Better than Nozawa probably not, since it'll be by benchmark for this type of sushi preparation.

Anwyays, this is an eager to please joint, no gruff sushi chef exteriors over here. Service was jovial and efficient across the board. And the place has a nice minimalist decor, not too fancy, and not a decor requiring vows of silence.

Since it was lunch, didn't try any beers or sake but they got a couple cold sakes included one that was about 65 bucks a whole bottle called Mushi or Musa, something, can't remember. It was a dai gingoi.

So yeah definitely give it a try and support this place. It might not be if we don't since the area is a little tougher going for an aunthentic sushi bar, than one of those newfangled calfifornia sushi bars. Also, the chef had turn away a couple gals when then inquired about getting food to go. And for what's it worth there are also no lunch specials here either.

Sushi Zo
Japanese sushi restuarant
9824 National Blvd. Unit C
(310) 842-3977
as per the business card.

A couple blocks east of where overland crosses national on national.

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