Full disclaimer: I came here on a hosted media lunch, but I had also come back twice after that on my own dime (granted one of them was using the 30% off from the awesome Blackboard Eats). Hamasaku in West LA has actually been open for many years and is a Zagat favorite, but for some reason I hadn't really heard much about it and had not been until I was invited in. I've missed out! This place was great.
The omakase listed on the menu ($75) actually includes a lot of cooked items, so here's a tip: Go on any other day but Monday and sit at the sushi bar, preferably in front of the sushi chef, Yoya, who used to work at Sashi in Manhattan Beach.
My sushi lunch omakase started with some Uni with fried Yuba (tofu skin)
Next, a sashimi plate of: Blue fin tuna, aji snapper, young king mackerel, octopus. Served with kabosu (a sort of citrus) paste
Agedashi tofu. I always love the delicately fried agedashi tofu and the broth
Big eye tuna from Hawaii
Brown barracuda (kamasu)
Local red king salmon from Northern California (I didn't know Nor Cal had king salmon!)
Salmon roe marinated in sweet soy sauce and yuzu skin
Pike mackerel with grated radish
Toro ... nothing else need to be said.
Shiokara: Squid liver marinated in salt and yuzu skin
Anago with yuzu
Hamasaku doesn't just have sushi, but also cooked items both traditional Japanese and Western style dishes. I tried the Salmon with togarashi hash, chive creme fraiche
After the salmon we moved back to sushi, though, with ankimo, which they had just finished cooking. Garnished with kinome leaves (Japanese Szechuan pepper)
They always give you a plate of fruits at the end of your meal, but if you want something more, they do have a great dessert! Try the Mango pudding with pineapple sorbet, coconut cream, and sesame tuile. Tropical heaven.
11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025