Q Sushi (Los Angeles, CA) [3]

Q Sushi
521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Dining date: 1/9/16

Exterior

This was my third time dining at Q. I visited twice when the restaurant opened in 2014 but didn’t get a chance in 2015. Both of my first two meals were great and I was looking forward to seeing if this third meal would still live up to expectations. Pricing for a meal here is still the same at around $165 for the omakase-only meal.

I had a bottle of champagne from a prior birthday, waiting for the right moment to open it. Pairing the champagne with a sushi omakase seemed like an ideal time to drink it.

Champagne

The meal began with a few small bites of fish.

hirame ponzu, spicy daikon

hirame ponzu, spicy daikon

Hirame showed off a clean, delicate flavor with a delicious ponzu and some spicy daikon.

bonito Japanese mustard

bonito Japanese mustard

Tender slices of rich bonito were next, accompanied by some Japanese mustard.

amberjack

amberjack

Amberjack had a more mild flavor, brightened up by some scallions.

lean bluefin miso vinaigrette

bluefin miso vinaigrette

Meaty lean bluefin was topped with a miso vinaigrette.

seared bluefin toro shishito

seared bluefin toro shishito

One of the best bites of the evening – rich toro was seared for a smoky flavor and eaten with a shishito pepper condiment. Luscious and delicious.

The meal progressed into the sushi phase.

hotate scallop

hotate scallop

Chef

engawa flounder

engawa flounder

shimaaji striped jack
shimaaji striped jack

hirame halibut

hirame halibut

buri yellowtail

buri yellowtail

maguro lean bluefin

maguro lean bluefin

Chef

otoro fatty bluefin

otoro fatty bluefin

iwashi sardine

iwashi sardine

saba mackerel

saba mackerel

keiji salmon

keiji salmon

tako octopus

tako octopus

oyster

cured oyster

anago sea eel

anago sea eel

uni sea urchin santa barbara

uni sea urchin santa barbara

tamago egg

tamago egg

Tamago completed the omakase portion of the dinner, but we did order a few more items a la carte including another order of the seared toro.

shirako cod milt

shirako cod milt

seared bluefin toro shishito

seared bluefin toro shishito

clam

clam

This was another very strong meal at Q. Sushi, as a whole, was excellent. The lean and fatty tuna were both very good (particularly the fatty otoro) and it was a real treat to have keiji, a rare Japanese infant salmon. The yellowtail, sea eel and octopus were also highlights, though nothing disappointed. This meal helped reaffirm that Q is definitely in my top tier of sushi restaurants in LA.


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