It's safe to say that sushi is probably one of the top types of cuisine in Southern California. Not only is the dish hip and trendy, but cities like Santa Monica have some of the best sushi restaurants in the world. Don't believe us? Here are five places that may change your mind. Whether you're a sushi newbie or just looking for top-tier fish, these eateries will rock your world.
Typically, sushi lovers know exactly what they want, but many people also want to experiment and see what else is out there. One of the dishes that Sugarfish is known for is the "Trust Me" set, in which the chef sends you a sample of different pieces that he thinks you'll enjoy.
The experience is like no other, making you feel like royalty or a celebrity. There's also a menu item called "Don't Think, Just Eat" that has a similar vibe. We'd trust this chef, and we think you should, too.
One thing you'll notice about many high-end sushi restaurants is that they offer a small, intimate space to enjoy your food. Also, you can tell these places respect the fish they use, as so many of them want their pieces to be as fresh as possible. In most cases, the chefs will go to the market in the morning to prepare the fish in the afternoon.
Like Sugarfish, Noma specializes in chef-chosen dishes, but you have the power to choose whatever you want. In addition to handmade rolls, Noma offers a wide selection of appetizers, salads, and even bento boxes. The menu is extensive, so no matter your preference, you're sure to find it here.
As the name suggests, this place is the king of sushi, although that depends on who you ask. This tiny restaurant offers a selective menu, but each dish is about as good as you could possibly hope for. Many people rave about everything from the rolls to the deep-fried ice cream. No matter what you choose on the menu, you're sure to fall in love.
Sushi King also offers other meats like beef and chicken, and you can buy various appetizers and sides to accompany your rolls. This place doesn't have the pomp and circumstance of Sugarfish or Noma, but it gets the job done.
KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar
Most people enjoy sashimi or traditional sushi rolls, but a specific subset of fans prefer hand rolls instead. While these rolls aren't for everyone, those who want them know what they like (and what they don't).
So, if you're not a hand-roll enthusiast, you probably don't need to visit KazuNori. However, if you're obsessed with this kind of sushi, you need to make a pilgrimage here. Like Sugarfish, KazuNori excels at providing the freshest cuts you can find in the city. Also, if you want appetizers or non-sushi menu items, you'll need to go elsewhere.
Our final spot is this Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, Tsukiji. If you like having a top-tier roll with a pint of beer and some tempura on the side, this place will be your next favorite hangout. As far as atmosphere and menu selections, Tsukiji is more of an American-style bar and grill. However, as far as the sushi selection goes, you'll feel like you're in the far east. The roll selection is extensive and creative, so you'll find rolls here that you can't see anywhere else.
Explore the Best Sushi Places Around NMS 1427 on Seventh
If you're a sushi lover, you need to be close to the action to get the best rolls and dishes. Fortunately, NMS 1427 is one of the best Santa Monica apartments, offering luxury amenities and convenience. Check us out and schedule an appointment today!