Interesting sushi experience
Tonight was our first visit to Hiko and it was excellent all around. Having read the reviews about the rules of the restaurant, and the risk of being booted for noncompliance with the rules, we entered the restaurant with some trepidation. But our fears, which seem ridiculous in retrospect, only served to heighten the experience.
Some of the rules make sense, as in, no cellphone use is allowed. Although I am a constant user of the phone and email features of my blackberry, I actually found the meal a welcome respite, with my phone turned off for the duration. Another unexpected byproduct of the ""no phone"" policy, as well as the fear of violating the rules, was the instant camaraderie that was created with the couples on both sides of us at the sushi bar (my wife struck a lovely bond with the diner to her right, who herself was an avid fan and reviewer of the restaurant).
We love sushi and have eaten at numerous sushi restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Hiko did not disappoint. Every single course was delicious, particularly the sea bass. I have not written a food review before and don't have the elegant vocabulary to describe each dish, but I will simply say that we enjoyed the simple and clean presentations, and the high-quality freshness of the fish, and look forward to returning soon.
I will say, though, that the sushi was quite expensive, even compared with other top-quality sushi bars at, for example, Sushi Roku and K-Zo, both of which are outstanding (I have always thought Sasabune is highly overrated, btw).