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I so much love their sushi. I used to be in Tokyo for 2 months and I can assure you their food is worth it. They have also exotic fish, which can not be found easily.
Hanami Sushi is pretty legit! Came here yesterday for lunch and was pleasantly surprised by the menu options and nigiri quality. This place has a pretty extensive sushi list, and service doesn't miss a beat. We sat at the sushi bar excited to see what this place was all about. The restaurant itself is fairly big. For a Saturday lunch (~11:45 am), the restaurant was pretty empty, with only a few other diners eating there. Service was quick as a result, and everyone we talked to was friendly and accommodating. We were seated in front of who I assume to be the lead sushi chef. He was very knowledgeable about Japan and pleasant to talk to. I believe he said he's from Nagoya, Japan, or at least lived there at some point. As far as nigiri sushi goes, we ordered shima aji, tai, yellowtail toro, live orange clam, sweet shrimp, and albacore toro. I also ordered a tuna roll towards the end. All of the pieces I tried were delicious. My favorites were probably the shima aji, live orange clam, and yellowtail toro. The fish was fresh, and the rice was nicely marinated. The tuna roll was a nice way to finish the meal. All in all, Hanami Sushi is a pretty solid sushi option in Sherman Oaks. This restaurant is pretty authentic, and a lot of their fish is straight from Japan. They seem to get their fish from quality sources, and the variety is above average. Aside from nigiri, they also offer a lot of different rolls. Definitely give this place a try if you're in the area looking for sushi. It won't disappoint!
Came with a party of 4 for lunch on a Friday and got seated promptly. I got the combo A where you can choose two sushi selections of your choice. It also includes rice, a salad, and miso soup. For the rolls, I chose the Chef's Special and the Spicy Tuna Roll. The sushi tasted okay, but overall, nothing special or particular about it. Feels like something you can get at any sushi location. Overall, decent and not too expensive. If you're craving sushi, but don't want to spend a whole lot, this might be the place. Friendly and efficient service.
Came here looking for a place that could take our group of six including two kids. They said the wait was going to be 25 minutes because they were short staffed but it was much less than that. The nice thing about this place is that it has a few of the more exotic fish that you are less likely to find at a "standard" (moderately priced) sushi restaurant. Namely Engawa, Spanish Mackerel (NOT regular mackerel which tastes fishier), and Red Snapper. And yellowtail belly, though that isn't quite as hard to find. :) FYI, there is a _different_ Hanami across town that has an even larger list of harder-to-find fish... our server more or less apologized for them not having a bigger selection. Great value, great service, would come back.
Never again! Went tonight for dinner and had to leave abruptly because a group came in with a dog that ran around under the table and was barking. We don't mind restaurant noise, but dining with high pitch barking was not enjoyable!!
Came here for dinner tonight with my boyfriend's snit was great! We just returned from a trip a week ago and I had been craving sushi so this definitely hit the spot. There's a ton of parking in the lot. This is in the same parking lot as the In N Out, next to Pineapple Saloon. The restaurant was pretty empty so we were seated right away at the bar. Everything we ordered was great. + Albacore Sushi - 10/10 - fresh and delicious. No skimping on the albacore servings here! + CCY Roll - 10/10 - I love yellowtail and this did not disappoint! It was so good. If you like yellowtail, I'd definitely get this. + House Sesame Roll - 9/10 - great for low-carb people since it doesn't have any rice! The roll is well wrapped and doesn't fall apart. I like how the cucumber they wrap it in is not super thick so it's easy to bite into. + Black Cod Miso Sushi - 8/10 - this was good. I wish the fish pieces were a little larger but it was still good. + Spicy Yellowtail Hand Roll w Avocado - 9/10 - this was really good! The roll was on the small-average size but still very good. + Agadashi Tofu - 8/10 - really good! I've recently really started eating more tofu and this was great. + Green Tea Tempura Ice Cream - 8/10 - I wish there was more ice cream in this. I felt like a lot of it was the tempura batter. I also wish it had been a little crunchier on the outside. Overall it was pretty good and I'd still get it again. Overall everything was amazing and we'll definitely be back here again! It came out to about $100 for us after tip and all that so it's a little pricey but the quality of fish is high so you get what you pay for.
I'm done! Been coming here for too many years. They are spending way to much time and energy dealing with delivery orders at the expense of the folks who sit at the sushi bar and pay full price. I am fucking done, they can deliver their fish to my house, take a 40% hit and I won't deal with bad service.
Trying new sushi places and this one was geographically close, but honestly - the pictures looked AWESOME. So, a little curious that it wasn't very busy at dinner time on a recent night. I never let that bother me, though and kept an open mind. Overall rating is closer to a 3.5*. Service is friendly and atmosphere is decent. Prices are reasonable. Fish quality, though is not consistent. Some great, some just okay. Here's what we had: sushi: salmon, tuna, hamachi, spanish mackerel .... rolls: spicy tuna on crispy rice, popcorn shrimp roll, baked crab hand roll Some of the sushi is excellent, some of it is stringy and tough (hamachi). Rolls are good, but we've had better versions elsewhere. With so many sushi places in contention, not sure I would go back. It's fine if you live or work nearby, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way for.
If I had a wish, I would wish to eat sushi everyday for the rest of my life. This place was solid but with all the other choices of stellar sushi amongst its competitors in sushi row in this area I liked this place but I didn't love it. There were some amazing rolls and some were okay. Everyone has those days of having a homerun or not. I can't wait to go back to experience the rest of their menu to get the entire experience.
I went here on a Friday night by myself and sat at the Sushi Bar. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to order with the waitress or the sushi chefs. So I sat there for 15 minutes and no one waited on me. I then told the Sushi Chef to my right who was wearing a black apron that I was ready to order. He just laughed at me and said flat out no. I guess he wasn't my chef. He was a real fucking jerk, but yet he served the guy sitting to my right anything he wanted. So I don't get it, but maybe they don't like Italians. So finally I got to put my order in and I thought the Sushi was alright but nothing special. I never got one refill on my water or drink which is annoying. The only time I got some attention was when it was time to pay. There are a ton of sushi places in the valley so I would say go visit them before you go to this place. If you do go beware of the sushi chef in the black apron because he's a real smart ass. This place is not worth 4 stars trust me.
Went to an office lunch here and the food was great. I don't eat fish but the meats were fantastic. I can't wait to go again with my family.
Before I can talk about the food, I have to talk about the service! Wow! The waitstaff was so attentive, so pleasant, they went above and beyond and not just with my husband and I, I observed that they were treating all of the restaurant patrons with the same respect and it was truly delightful to see! My husband and I felt so welcomed and because of that (even if the food wasn't that great) we probably would go back! Ha! Now onto the food- DELICIOUS! Seriously! It was really good, my husband got one roll that he thought was a bit bland but he just won't order it next time (there will be a next time). Here's what I got: - Edamame: cheap and tasty! - Yellowtail Collar: cooked PERFECTLY! Charred and lovely! - Salmon Skin Handrolls (2, no rice or sauce): I asked for NO veggies either but both times they came with veggies, oh well, still good and crispy! - Unagi/Avocado Handrolls (2, no rice, no sauce): Delicious! Can't go wrong with these babies! - Cucumber Wrapped Crab and Avocado Roll (no rice): THEY MADE IT WITH REAL CRAB per request and it was truly tasty!! I could have had 4! Here's what my husband got: - Salmon Cut Roll: small but tasty. - Red Dragon Roll (2): he clearly really liked this roll because he got two! - Cali Roll topped with scallops: this is the roll he thought was bland. Perhaps if they put some crunch or a spicy sauce on top it would have been better?! Over all, yep, we will be back! Thanks for a tasty meal!!
One of my favorite sushi places in the valley. Great variety, always fresh. Highly recommended!
Great neighborhood sushi and other casual but delish Japanese food. Special shout out for the salmon skin salad. Loads of salmon! The vibe is almost sports bar-ish, but also very comfortable and easy family restaurant. Easy to drop in on anytime, nice service !
5.0 stars 5/28/2019 Absolutely delicious. Hidden location, came in close to closing at lunch. Shima Aji- extremely tender. Nice touch of ginger Albacore- Some of the best I've had. I am used to scallions on my albacore but the minced red onions were perfect. Bluefin- good flavor All pieces were huge. Definitely coming back.
"Hidden gem" is a bit overused these days on yelp but this sushi joint really is. It's tucked away behind an I-n-out and next to a dive bar (which is actually not bad btw). The decor is a pretty standard strip mall japanese restaurant affair. Service is very friendly and attentive. The sushi is reasonably priced and very solid. The fish is fresh and tastes great. This has become our go to spot for a quick, relatively cheap sushi dinner. It's never overly crowded and they have some interesting daily specials like buy one roll get the second at half price. Keep in mind this place isn't sexy or trendy. It's just a no-nonsense place to get good sushi.
I'm not originally from LA and I feel like it's so hard to find a good sushi spot, however Hanami has become my go to place. The food is always prompt, affordable, and fresh. The staff are attentive and the place is never overly crowded or worryingly empty. They even have really good weekday deals. Great spot for someone who doesn't want all the hype and genuinely just loves sushi.
Hanami sushi never disappoints! We've been coming here for years and the quality of food and service remains consistent. Recommendations: Spicy tuna rice crackers Spicy tuna salsa Baked green mussels Rainbow roll And for dessert green tea tempura ice cream.
Very good food. High quality ingredients and reasonable prices. Attentive staff and creative sushi rolls. Relaxing atmosphere.
I ordered, Sushi combination- chef's special Toro toro roll Red snapper nigiri Unagi nigiri Halibut nigiri Fish quality was great and awesome service! Very quick! Recommend!
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