Recently, I made a German friend who moved to LA a few weeks ago. When asked what she enjoyed in LA the most so far, she responded with: “I didn’t know sushi could taste so good!” Apparently, she doesn’t like raw fish, so she rather reluctantly tried sushi in Northern Ireland where she previously lived, where it fell short of what little expectation she had. Since then, sushi became old, bad tasting raw fish.
Welcome to the land of LA, a cultural hub where you can find a plethora of anything, including sushi restaurants: some amazing, some below average. But if you’re anything like me and my rather unsophisticated palate, even mediocre sushi would taste relatively “good”. Or if you’re like my German friend who has had a traumatic experience, most places in LA will probably be eye-opening.
Because high-end 5-seater sushi restaurants are extremely expensive and require months of saving, let’s focus on sushi that is comfort food. Not too cheap, in both price and quality, but reasonably affordable and tasty.
Here are top seven affordable sushi restaurants in Los Angeles:
1. Sushi Stop
This cash-only sushi bar has all plates starting at $2.95, so it’s highly affordable and popular amongst college students. Quality is also impressive for what it’s worth!
2. Kula Sushi
When you wait almost 2 hours for sushi, but it is completely worth it! So much noms took place. #kula #kulasushi #sushibar #revolvingsushi #nomz #foodporn #sushiporn #sushi #instagood #boomerang #mmm #yesplease #conveyorbelt #sandiego #california #calilife #familyvlogs #youtuber #youtube #familyvloggers #vlogger
Revolving sushi bar and you get a prize for every 15 plates you clear. ‘Nuff said.
3. Sushi One
3905 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90020, Koreatown
Serving authentic sushi made with high quality and fresh food, their omakase (chef’s selection of sushi) is on par. BYOB!
Various Locations in LA
The best hand rolls you ever wanted are here! A spin-off of Sugarfish, KazuNori dedicates itself to Japanese temaki (hand rolls) and serves the freshest fish wrapped in warm rice and seaweed. There are set menus of 3-, to 6-hand rolls, each roll with different selection of fish. Sounds like a small portion but beware the rice and fish will fill you up real quick.
5. Umami Sushi Bar
3300 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90020 Koreatown, Wilshire Center
Gets a bit pricier from here…but worth the price nonetheless! This sushi restaurant is located in the heart of Koreatown, and the vibe is a little bit on a higher-end. Their sushi is good, but their A5 Wagyu is an absolute must-try.
**Pricier, but worth it!**
6. Sushi Gen
422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tucked away in a corner of Little Tokyo right by Arts District, Gen is famous for preparing some of the most fresh sushi in town. It’s inside a little plaza and looks rather mundane, but don’t let this outside appearance fool you. It is a bit pricey but totally worth it! Closed on Mondays and Sundays!
Various locations in LA.
Come on, I know what you’re thinking. “Ha! Affordable, really?!” But seriously, with about $27 to $32 per person, you can try a combo of sashimi, five different rounds of sushi and two hand rolls. And their takeout option is perfect for a sushi night-in!
By Hyeyoung Jung · Contributor