Hamasaku has long been a celebrity hot spot settled nicely into the corner of a strip mall along Santa Monica Blvd. The formula's changed a bit over the years from a roll-centric experience to one that offers a rather solid omakase and standard nigiri service.
Through its existence, Hamasaku's maintained a rather, shall we say, low-key, with bland seating and a mostly minimalist presentation. It's been transformed by Marwan Al-Sayed, using repurposed materials from the old interior. Think warm woods, clean lines all around, ocean-colored fabrics and felt-covered walls.
Owner Michael Ovitz infuses some of his personal art collection as well, which adds a nice personal touch to the experience. It's a serene escape from the bustle of Santa Monica Blvd, which tends to be chock full of traffic.