Toshi Sushi – Omakase

November 20, 2009

The beauty of Toshi Sushi lies in its simplicity. The sushi counter seats 6 (maybe 8 if you take up the waiting area) and there are maybe 20 more seats in the main dining room.

But the simplicity of the restaurant belies chef Toshi-san’s artistry.

I think this is the way Toshi-san likes it. He spent 16 years on the East Coast and managed his share of large, successful restaurants in Hartford, Connecticut. Family brought him back to LA and while this location is exponentially smaller, Toshi-san is happy. You can see it on his face and in the way he interacts with his customers. What you can expect from a meal at Toshi Sushi is good food and great value. The omakase delivers, by my count, 23 different pieces of food, which by my awesome Chinese mathematics skills comes to about $1.91 a piece, a great deal. So without further ado, and not much more writing, my omakase meal at Toshi Sushi.

Amuse Bouche


First sushi course

Amuse Bouche

Miso broiled fish

Seared beef


Eat the head, as Yao Ming suggests

Clam soup

Main sushi course

We finally get to dessert

Toshi-san breaking it down

There isn’t much to say aside from that fact that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Toshi-san would occasionally check on me as I worked from one course to the next, always making sure that things were just right. When I got to dessert, we spent some time talking about time we both spent in New England.

As I walked out of the restaurant, I came to realize that Toshi-san was both a good storyteller in both verse and food.

Toshi Sushi – The best deal in town
357 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 9001
(213) 680-4166

8 Responses to “Toshi Sushi – Omakase”

  1. SinoSoul Says:

    Glad you made it for omakase. I keep hyping him over Hama, over Sushi Gen, Sushi Go 55. It’s only taken a year for it to finally catch on. The amuse is grated mountain yams with skate and there should also be daikon with buri. Good times.

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jo Stougaard and djjewelz, djjewelz. djjewelz said: My omakase dinner at Toshi Sushi. More pics, less words, a lot of food. […]

  3. Andy Huang Says:

    Yo Jewelz, so this is gonna be a photo/food blog? So do you whip out your camera at every meal?

  4. gyshen Says:

    Two things I especially liked about this blog, beyond the usual:
    1) Eat the head!!! I like those fave 5 ads, that one was pretty funny.
    2) Spying a glimpse of you in the Clam Soup vessel.

  5. Disco Asian Says:

    Looks like a really great omakase! The sushi looks delectable :D

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