One of LA’s most compelling sushi spots is expanding to another location after nearly twenty years. Hamasaku, an Eater Essential 38 restaurant, is taking over a slot inside The Point in El Segundo (currently home to Superba Food + Bread and Hopdoddy Burger Bar) with a full-service restaurant.
Dubbed Umi by Hamasaku, it’ll be helmed by Yoya Takahashi, who previously worked at Sashi in Manhattan Beach and joined Hamasaku a few years ago to help it graduate from a fancy roll spot to a legitimate sushi contender. Umi will sport 80 seats, a patio area, and a dedicated sushi counter.
Slated to open by fall 2017, the bill of fare features a full sushi menu, plus some seafood-based izakaya dishes, all at more competitive price points than the West LA outlet. The original does have some reasonably priced aspects, like the $65 sushi omakase for dinner. Michael Ovitz, who owns Hamasaku and partnered with Michael Voltaggio at ink, is funding the new El Segundo venture.