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West Hollywood, Central LA

Ajisai Japanese Restaurant

Japanese Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best sushi in the area

Being new to the area, I haven't really liked much of the food that I've tried. I randomly stumbled upon Ajisai and was pleasantly surprised actually! You can tell the sushi is very fresh, and the employees are genuinely friendly. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed, prices are reasonable and the chef knows what he's doing. Highly recommend it.



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Best Sushi, Great Price

Ajisai has extremely fresh sushi. It is the one place my relatives (several from different cities) insist on visiting when they are in town. As it is in a small unadorned spot next across from a car wash, I expected very little and was wowed into it being my ""regular spot."" I sit at the bar each time so know Shoie (the owner/chef) - he is Japanese and I have been at the bar when his mother was visiting from Japan (i.e, buckfifty must have this place confused with somewhere else). I love the halibut sashimi over ice (or as sushi with shiso).



Provided by Citysearch - 
Tasty food, tasty ambience

Dunno about ""Buckfifty"" saying that the owners are Thai (not that it makes any difference) and bitches about the ""all you can eat"" fare. Chef/owner Shoei is real Japanese and, to the best of my knowledge, has NEVER offered all-you-can-eat sushi. I'm thinking that Buckfifty is either thinking of a different place, got the inevitable bad dish, or got up on the wrong side of the bed. For my taste, between the price and quality, it's one of the best in the neighborhood and way more intimate than the big sushi barns. Doesn't rate up there with Matsuhisa, but doesn't charge the prices either (altho it's been getting pricier). I lived in Tokyo for 3 years, eaten at hundreds of sushi restaurants (including ""Best in the World"" Fukusushi) and studied the cuisine. Ajisai is one of my regular haunts. Try the aji (and ask for the deep-fried skeleton) - incredible!



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worst sushi

this place stinks the sushi tastes soo badd itt""l make you sick for weeks!! place is over runnned by thai people how do thai people know how sushi tastes like>>>all you can eat???be cause ittt tastes soo bad!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Always a great meal!

Very consistantly good and fresh. Small room so service is great and the Sushi chef makes everything with individual care and loving. All the standard fare is good, also live sweet shrimp, live scallop, etc. Try some of the unique specials, such as his version of Biscotti, amazingly delicious! I love his smoked salmon as well.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Sushi Restaurant in Los Angeles / Traditional with a few fusion kicks and some house specialtie

I am not saying this is the hands down best sushi in LA, but it is certainly the only sushi place I have continuously gone back to no matter where I move in the city. The fish is always fresh and prepared by the owner, whose wife cooks many of the hot specialty dishes in the kitchen. Mr. Shoei is a jazz aficionado and plays great music over the modern but subtle stereo system. Expect a lot of locals (of all types and ages) any night as this gem is well known though there is usually a table or a few seats at the sushi bar open. The biscotti, the crazy roll and the scallops (fresher than fresh) are always worth ordering, though the crazy roll is something very different than the average fare. The hot food is as good as the sushi. The prices are well below average for restaurants of such caliber and the saki is high end with little mark up. There is plenty of lot parking next door and across the street at prices that are reasonable for Weho, as well as meters all over the area. Pinkberry is a block away for a light desert, though the fresh fancy sliced orange Shoei serves on the house is usually enough for me.

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