Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sound Bites 7.0: SugarFISH @ DTLA

If you're tired of hearing how great the new sugarFISH in downtown LA is, well too bad.  What I can do is keep it short and sweet.

Earlier this month, HC and I were invited by their PR to try The Nozawa, one of three Trust Me's (prix-fixe menus) offered.  Lele Massimi, co-owner of sugarFISH, took the time to sit down and give us some restaurant facts and menu recommendations.

It was the first time I had ever had warm rice in my sushi and I have to say it's going to be a difficult to go back to cold.  And I loved all their housemade ponzu sauces (original, yuzu, chili).

Favorites:
  • Salmon Sushi - okay, so it's one of my favorite types of sushi and I never go to a sushi restaurant without ordering at least 2 pieces if not more, but I've never had it with a sesame topping.  It really added to the already buttery flavor
    Photo by The Minty
  • Toro Hand Roll - I had heard that I wouldn't have time to stop and take a picture, but I didn't know I had about a minute before the entire hand roll would get soggy.  Before I had this hand roll, I didn't even know seaweed could be that crunchy.  The first bite was a crispy, buttery wave of flavor. 
    Photo via Harb Knock Life
  • Uni Sushi - really fresh 
    Photo via Harb Knock Life
  • Halibut Fin Sashimi - light and refreshing
Because we had to eat the sushi so fast (or else the delectable, warm rice will fall apart) I kind of wished the pairs of sushi came out one plate at a time, so I could better savor it.  The best solution is probably to split a Trust Me, like HC mentioned, and then order a la carte. 

It's rare to find a sushi restaurant that serves such high quality fish at sugarFISH's price point.  I've been craving their sushi since the day after our dinner there.  I can't wait to return.