A friend and I have been knocking off westside sushi restaurants one by one in hopes of finding our fave. A few I've not tried are Yabu, Torafuku (i think i saw a post on the other location earlier), Isshin, Aki in specific, in addition to the one at Pico and Gateway (Mori??)that I'm told is $$$$. Same thing for Hamasaku? Anyone here giving reasons why I should splurge for Hamasaku or the other? Mind you, we're not sushi purists, and typically order some sushi mixed with rolls.
Anyway, of the above four, any "must avoid" or "must try?"
Here are the other places we've tried to date, and our short listing of preference.
Echigo - pricey for dinner, but some of the best sushi we've had. Love the lunch special.
Hide Sushi - right in my price range, and really good for the price. Certainly no real ambience to speak of, but very good.
Kifune (Marina del Rey) - the sushi chef Hide is a nut, and had us laughing the whole time. Would go back just for him - the little extras he gave us were fantastic. Though I wouldn't advise sushi before a plane trip.
Sushi Sasabune - I know I'll get shot here for dissenting from the public opinion, but back when I ate here about 3 years ago, I had a fantastic lunch and loved the fish. Now, given the price, I doubt I'd be back, especially when the lunch special at Echigo is much more reasonable.
U-Zen - Decent food, though nothing spectacular, IMHO. Thought the staff and service very nice, very gracious, but nothing I ate made me say "wow." Decent food with decent prices.
En Sushi - Probably the best interior that I've seen around the sushi rest. neighborhood. The happy hour specials on drinks and a few rolls (spicy tuna) and other food make me happy. I've always had really good service, and have enjoyed my meals there.
Kiriko - really liked the small, intimate interior, wished I liked the food more, but nothing really stood out to me.
Sushi Masu - I actually didn't care for this place all that much. I had read something about the rave reviews for the Masu roll or something like that, and just didn't really think it was anything special. Also thought it was somewhat pricey.
And that little place on Sawtelle in the strip mall with Marshall's and Baja Fresh whose name must have been blocked from my memory because of how sick I got off the food - no. never. ever.
All others feel free to add, detract, dispute, agree, and fuel the sushi info bandwagon!
Thanks for any thoughts on Yabu, Torafuku, Isshin, Aki!