Friday, June 21, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #300: Noshi Sushi
Restaurant: Noshi Sushi
Location: 4430 Beverly Blvd. (Koreatown/Hancock Park)
Type of restaurant: Sushi
We stipulated: Maria and I were out to see a show in the Hancock Park area, and were inspired by the L.A. Times' recent sushi issue to hit an old economical standby: Noshi Sushi. It had been years since we last visited, and it was time to return.
They stipulated: "Sushi chef Shogo Noshi opened a small 30 seat sushi restaurant, Noshi Sushi, in 1983. At the time, Japanese owned restaurants in Korea town were very unusual. His large portions, fresh fish and authenticity soon spread by word of mouth. Shogo Noshi's 50 years of experience and cutting technique quickly gained him loyal customers. Two months later customers were already lining up even before opening time. In 1990 Noshi Sushi moved to its current location to accommodate more than 100 seats. Since then, experienced Sushi chefs have maintained the traditional Japanese taste of sushi when making sushi. In addition to the basic sushi, the restaurant also offers Spider Roll and the California Roll made with real Crab in response to many of our customer requests."
What we ordered: A wide variety of sushi and cut rolls, including spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, baked ebi mayo roll, salmon sushi and crab roll.
High point: The spicy tuna tasted fresh, and both the baked ebi mayo roll and the salmon sushi were decent.
Low point: The service was super slow. And when the waitress accidentally gave the table next to us our food, she then grabbed it from them and simply dumped it on our table without a word. Also, the tempura and the crab roll were just OK.
Overall impression: Noshi Sushi's time has probably come and gone, and it still feels too much like a too bright, noisy Denny's than a sushi joint. But the prices are still pretty good.
Chance we'll go back: We're not in Koreatown often enough to make the trip, but if we were in the area and had the time to wait for a table, it's possible.