I have lived in Asia for over 30 years and many of those in Japan. I speak and write the Japanese language and I certainly eat sushi. It was great to find Sugarfish in LA, especially as it was so close to my hotel and good fresh food was hard to come by. The reason why I cannot give Sugarfish more than 'average' is not to do with their fish (which is nice), but with the rice. Everyone who has ever known real sushi knows all to well, that the rice is just as important as the fish. In Sugarfish, the rice crumbled under the fish. There is hardly a way you can pick the piece of sushi up, turn it round, dip the fish in a little soy/wasabi sauce and get it into your mouth as one piece. We had to take the fish off the rice, dip it into the sauce, put it back on the rice and try to get that into the mouth without it falling apart (it felt rude to eat sushi in such a crude way). How on earth could they get such an important fact in sushi making wrong? They pride themselves as a Japanese sushi bar - you would not be able to sell this style of sushi in Japan. Also the handrolls presented the same problem. They were so loosely wrapped that after your first bite, the rice started falling out the back of the roll. This is very disappointing after all the good reviews I had read about this place.
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