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“Socialist Sushi”

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa
Ranked #10 of 731 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Description: High end sushi. Has 4 locations.
Reviewed June 15, 2017

Oh Dearl Lord. I can't even believe this restaurant has "sizzle", for they, and they alone, tell you how and when you can eat your sushi. We aren't new to sushi and we aren't naive to sushi. We have eaten all kinds, from all kinds of self-important chefs that we would rather not. However, from hundreds of goopy restaurants throughout the US, this and this alone is the most pretentious pile of BS food we have ever encountered.

Guests are asked to choose one of three ever expanding menus for $22, $32 and $42 dollars, all asking the guest to "trust me". Want something different? No. Want ponzu? No. Want any sauce or addition to your sushi? No. Hey world. This is called socialism. Paying guests cant get what they want, they can only get what the restuarant (governement) is willing to serve you.

If that's what you want - and you don't know how or what you like to eat. Well, then, fine. But if you are, part Japanese, and like sushi how you like it. Well, then, ... they want you to suck it.

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Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Best sushi this side of the pacific. So fresh and tasty. Literally melts in your mouth. We all had the Trust Me where they bring out the sushi at chefs choice.
Will for sure return next time in Santa Monica.

Thank EdandMia
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Reviewed May 16, 2017

Honestly, I live on the west coast of Canada where we have some amazing sushi, so it's difficult to come across sushi that impresses. This place came highly recommended and we headed there for lunch.

I don't even know where to begin to describe just how amazing this sushi was. Their philosophy as outlined on the menu results in very high quality fish with perfectly cooked sushi rice and wonderfully crispy seaweed.

We had the Trust Me menu and it was perfect. Do yourself a favour and go here! There was a customer in the restaurant who we overheard had never had sushi before and was nervous. By the end of the meal she was sold. I only feel sorry for her because I don't think she will find sushi comparable anywhere else.

1  Thank jgair
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Reviewed April 30, 2017

Not really sure what all of the hype is about. It was good nigiri, but I’ve had better sushi. It is a first come, first serve and they take no reservations. It is a small place and probably doesn’t sit more than 20 or 30 people. We waited for an hour and was told it’s a 30-minute wait for take-out orders. You could tell that the staff took pride in their jobs. It is quite pricey for the “meals” and a la carte. We shared two “meals” between three of us and were comfortably full. We were told each meal was for one person. The meals are about 10 pieces of nigiri that come out one at a time. It was tasty, just over priced and small servings. I cannot complain about anything really. Except for maybe the price or the wait (which cannot be helped). There is a nice little seating area right outside with a fountain to wait.

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Thank Amy S
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Reviewed April 28, 2017

Food: Best sushi I've ever had. EVER. Everything melted in my mouth. Sashimi was cold while the rice was warm. Seaweed was crisp. Every sauce was perfect. You MUST eat here. I don't know if every Sugarfish is the same but the one in Santa Monica was incredible!! Maybe I've been eating bad sushi my whole life (10 years of eating it, live in Toronto) but this place is amazing. Honestly.

Atmosphere: Great. Ate at the bar because the dining room was just too packed. But we had a waiter/host close to us the whole night who made the best recommendations and was SO friendly. A woman sitting beside us eating alone kept making recommendations too and she was so polite! Everyone was really nice!

Wait: This location is very small, and we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated as they don't take reservations. That was kind of annoying, but I guess the mark of how great the food is?

Overall: Amazing. Loved it. Would recommend to anyone who is going to be in Santa Monica.

Thank Sheeda B
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