Sugar Fish – Happiness is a sushi date ♥
Seriously, thank you social media! If it weren’t for Instagram this post wouldn’t exist. I discovered Sugar Fish a couple of years ago, a ton of Instagrammers were posting their mouth watering pictures, and I just had to try it for myself. I’ve always driven by the Sugar Fish locations, but I never dined in them, and I’m so glad I did. If you’re looking for a high quality, no fuss, very simple sushi meal – Sugar Fish. This is not the place to come if you’re craving westernized sushi, you know what I’m talking about? The California roll, Dragon roll, Rainbow roll, etc. This place focuses on nigiri sushi (a slice of fish on top of rice instead of a roll). Traditional, high quality sushi.
There are about ten locations sprinkled throughout the Los Angeles area, but my favorite location by far is the one in Brentwood. We’ve gone to the Beverly Hills & Pasadena restaurants, but the one we keep going back to is the one in Brentwood. The eateries are modern, small, sleek and straightforward. They don’t accept reservations, first come first serve, whatever seating is available when you arrive.
Is this place cheap? No. Is it affordable? Yes. Can it get expensive? Absolutely! Keep on scrolling down and let me explain.
THE NOZAWA TRUST ME: Organic Edamame | Tuna Sashimi Albacore Sushi (2-pc) | Salmon Sushi (2-pc) | Snapper* Sushi (2-pc) | Yellowtail Sushi (2-pc) | Hirame** Sushi (2-pc) | Toro Hand Roll Blue Crab & Hand Roll “Daily Special” (2-pc) – $42.00
- (above) Lightly salted organic edamame and a generous portion of tuna sashimi.
TRUST ME $32: Organic Edamame | Tuna Sashimi | Albacore Sushi (2-pc) | Salmon Sushi (2-pc) | Yellowtail Sushi (2-pc) | Snapper* Sushi (1-pc) | Hirame** Sushi (1-pc) | Toro Hand Roll Blue Crab Hand Roll
TRUST ME LITE $22: Organic Edamame | Tuna Sashimi | Albacore Sushi (1-pc) | Salmon Sushi (1-pc) | Yellowtail Sushi (1-pc) | Nozawa-style Shrimp Sushi (1-pc) | Toro Hand Roll
- (above) Albacore, salmon, and yellowtail sushi.
The salmon is as soft as butter, the rice is warm and tender, and it all just melts in your mouth. The staff brings out a single plate of sushi at a time, and when it is finished they bring out the next plate. The entire order is not brought out all at once, that way your rice doesn’t get cold. They’d prefer that you eat your food immediately instead of letting your food just sit as you carry on a conversation. Each plate is served as soon as it is prepared, they don’t want you to wait to eat. This eatery is not for the lollygaggers, but for the eaters. Eat, enjoy, and get out.
- (above) Snapper, hirame, and daily special sushi. On the side: soy sauce, ginger, wasabi, and sake.
I was so embarrassed because these Sugar Fish restaurants are not big at all, in fact, the seating is very close together, so taking pictures is super awkward. But can you see how I’m lovingly looking at my sushi? Lol, I was in heaven.
- (above) albacore belly sushi.
- (above) Blue crab hand roll & a daily special hand roll.
- (above) a bottle of sake that I tried and that I didn’t like too much. I thought it was too sweet.
- (above) Unagi. Two salmon rolls & two lobster rolls.
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