Mori Sushi (Los Angeles, CA) [2]

Mori Sushi
11500 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Dining date: 5/29/17

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This was my second time to Mori; my first visit was over six years ago. The restaurant appears to still be going strong after all these years, although it’s certainly changed. Chef Mori Onodera, who earned a Michelin star for his namesake restaurant, is long gone. He sold the restaurant in 2011 to a longtime employee, but the restaurant still carries his name.

A few different menus are available. A nigiri omakase runs $110 while an omakase featuring some small plates/appetizers runs $140. Coming here primarily for sushi, we opted for the base nigiri omakase.

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housemade tofu fresh wasabi, housemade soy sauce

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tai snapper

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scallop

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octopus

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sayori japanese halfbeak

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kurodai black sea bream

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horse mackerel

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amberjack

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spanish mackerel

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tasmanian ocean trout

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lean tuna

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baby red snapper

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fatty tuna

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baby barracuda

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japanese snow crab

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santa barbara sea urchin

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That concluded the sushi omakase, but we ordered a few extra bites.

fatty tuna

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grilled fatty tuna

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japanese uni

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egg

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black sesame ice cream hojicha

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The pieces of sushi were on the smaller side – each bite left me wanting a little bit more. Maybe that’s the point, but I didn’t find it as satisfying as it could’ve been. The variety and quality of fish seemed very strong and were all pretty delicious. As for the sushi rice, there was a little more vinegar than I would’ve liked which, again, didn’t quite align with my personal preference. Although the price wasn’t unreasonable at $110, with so many other sushi options it may be some time before I return here.


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