Tried Sushi Gen with two hound girlfriends yesterday. We usually go to Frying Fish in Little Tokyo, as I am embarassingly amused by the sushi on the conveyor belt. So, I'm not a sushi aficionado, exactly, though I prefer straight sushi to foofy rolls.
I ordered the $11 sashimi special, which came with miso, pickles, some fried (?) tofu, and another small dish. I don't know nearly enough about sushi to identify all the types of fish, but there were lots of different kinds, and all was fresh and good. One friend got the teriyaki and sashimi, which she declared good, if not spectacular (but she noted that one does not go to a sushi restaurant for teriyaki.) The other got the (cooked) salmon special, ditto.
It was crowded when we got there, but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The service was efficient, but erratic - the side sashimi bowls arrived 15 minutes before the main dishes, and were given to the wrong people. No substitutions are allowed for the specials.
Tab was $60 after tip for the sashimi special, salmon special, teriyaki & sashimi, edamame, and three sodas.
Parking was easy and only $1.50 in the lot in front of the restaurant at Honda Plaza.
Overall, it was certainly good, and would meet a sushi need for relatively cheap, but not knock your socks off. But I would definitely recommend it for a good cheap sushi fix.
As a side note, we stopped in the Frances Bakery in the same strip mall, and they had fabulous looking cakes, including what looked like large box-like creme brulees.
422 E. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA
Frances Bakery and Coffee
404 E. Second St. (Honda Plaza)