After some time at the happiest place on earth (um, for me that would be Costco), we decided to try Kuma Sushi a few minutes away on Los Feliz Blvd., by the golf course.
It was getting a little late, we hadn't been there before - hadn't even heard anything about it - so we had no expectations. Well, it's immediately shot up to the top as having one of the best.... BURGERS I've had in L.A. - even better than Thai-American's (albeit a bit more expensive than $3.50).
I'm usually a bit leery of mixing my ethnic foods (like never get a sandwich at a Chinese restaurant), so it was quite intriguing - a burger at a sushi joint? Kuma's Kobe Burger was twelve bucks for a pretty large charbroiled burger on a HUGH ciabatta(?) bun, topped with white cheddar cheese and bacon, and served with seasoned steak fries. A little bit on the pricier side, but not outrageously so. My son and I thought our burgers and fries were beyond delicious - and I'm not a fries guy. For some strange reason my wife decided to follow convention and had one of their specialty rolls - tuna, crab, yellowtail i believe, and she was totally, totally happy with her choice. Even our Arnold Palmers were great.
It appears that Kamu Sushi has a not too limited and reasonably priced Happy Hour menu from 3-7p. We got there at about 8:30p and the place was not busy at all. We sat in the back where things were even quieter. Service was attentive - drinks automatically refilled without having to ask. There's a large flat screen TV at the front of the restaurant (this could be the bar area), but it wasn't on, so I can't comment if it adds or detracts from the experience.
I'll most likely try the sushi at Kamu at some point - it is a sushi restaurant after all... Still, it really won't make a difference how great the sushi is. Their Kobe Burger alone will keep us happily coming back. Five stars just for the burger.
3179 Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA 90039