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Five Great LA Sushi Spots That Won't Break the Bank

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$12 lunch sets and $45 omakase for dinner.

Sushi Chitose
Sushi Chitose
Lindsey Baruch

There's a sushi restaurant on every corner in Los Angeles, from high end omakase specialists to the cheap roll-based shop in the strip mall. The question is, where can you find high quality sushi that won't burn a hole in your wallet? Eater has searched high and low to find the hidden gems, those secret spots you might not have heard of, to find the best balance between price and quality. Here now, the best affordable, mid-range sushi spots in Los Angeles.

Echigo

Echigo

Echigo, a small space located in Santa Monica, serves an omakase-style lunch and dinner, in addition to an affordable lunch set and a la carte options. The lunch set, priced at just $15, has all the sushi staples, including tuna, yellowtail, albacore, salmon and white fish sushi with a blue crab hand roll. If you want to get more full, just double or triple the set (though you might get bored after a while from eating the same cuts)

They also have a lunch omakase special that varies in price depending on the fish of the day, but it’s usually around $37. That will score you eight pieces of nigiri sushi and one hand roll. For dinner, the omakase costs around $50 which includes eight pieces of sushi, one appetizer, and one roll. They bring the sushi out one by one so that the rice is warm and the fish is cool. In all, Echigo might be the best overall bang for your sushi buck, especially at lunch. 12217 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Hamasaku

Hamasaku

Hamasaku has both a sushi bar for omakase and regular table seating. Tucked away on a Santa Monica Blvd strip mall, Hamasaku serves terrific quality sushi at an achievable price. Lunch omakase sets you back $60 (yes, that's on the higher end, but it comes with a ton of food) and includes a kale salad, cod kara-age, six pieces of sashimi, eight pieces of nigiri, a hand roll, miso soup and mochi ice cream. Dinner omakase is actually more reasonable, priced at $55 for fourteen pieces of sushi, miso soup, chawanmushi and mocha ice cream. The rice mixture is not overpowered with vinegar and doesn't fall apart. In terms of location and ambiance, you probably can't do better than Hamasaku if you're nearby West LA. 11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sushi Chitose

Sushi Chitose

For another affordable good quality sushi destination, you may want to head down south to Sushi Chitose in Redondo Beach. Sushi Chitose offers a fifteen-course $45 omakase for dinner. The omakase is presented in a traditional Japanese style manner, displaying a wide range of fish. As well as the affordable omakase, Chitose has a superb lunch deal consisting of seven pieces of chef’s choice nigiri, one cut roll, salad and miso soup for a mere $12. The fish is up to par with some high-end sushi spots in LA at a fraction of the price. There are no other items on the menu in terms of specialty rolls as Chitose just sticks to the original sushi menu of traditional staples —simple rolls and nigiri. 402 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Sushi 101

Sushi 101

The most bang for your buck in Beverly Hills might be at Sushi 101. The quality may not be up to par with other mid-range sushi spots, but it's loads better than the bottom end of the sushi spectrum. This is the most affordable option, running $30 or less to get full. The baked lobster and blue crab hand rolls are fresh and will cost you around $6 each. A major steal is the salmon sushi, with two pieces for $2.95. If you want an affordable sushi destination in Beverly Hills, Sushi 101 is your place. 930 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Iroha Sushi of Tokyo

Iroha

Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in Studio City, has the most variety in terms of menu items, including, non-traditional sushi rolls and ramen. On weekend nights it can get pretty busy, so stop by on a weeknight or for lunch. Their lunch specials include a $16 sashimi lunch box or Iroha lunch box with soup, salad and rice until 4 p.m. A la carte options will run you between $6 to $10 for two-piece nigiri, excluding market price fish like toro. A unique option at Iroha is the crispy rice spicy tuna burger with ground tuna, red onions, tomato and spicy mayo with a crispy rice bun. Iroha has a large variety of specialty rolls as well, but the nigiri is what you want to get here. 12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604


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