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Hamasaku's Artsy Remodel Feels Like a Serene Escape From LA

The prime power lunch spot gets a much-needed makeover.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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.


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