Sushi Says: Eat On Melrose

Sushi Says: Eat On Melrose

Something’s fishy on Melrose Ave. – but in a good way! We’re talking about sushi and sashimi with a little bit of poke thrown into the very tasty mix. From casual neighborhood eateries to elegant, Japanese-based chefs, on Melrose sushi says come dine.

M Café

Considered one of the pioneers of modern macrobiotic dining, M Café serves a fresh array of sushi along with salads, veggie burgers, and teriyaki dishes. The setting is sleek but minimalist; the sushi, inari, and rolls are varied daily. Don’t miss the Lazy Sushi Bowl, featuring seasoned brown sushi rice, tuna poke, miso yaki salmon, hijiki, sea beans, and mizuna. You won’t want to skip adding the restaurant’s savory kelp noodle version of Pad Thai to your sushi order, either.

M Café
7119 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323)525-0588
www.mcafe.com

Murakami Sushi

Murakami Sushi is a cozy neighborhood spot that features ample specialty sushi bowls as well as rolls. The bowls are as inexpensive as they are delicious. Enjoy the sashimi bowls here, especially tasty with a little added garlic soy sauce. The mixed bowl offers sushi rice with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, albacore, and shrimp. Or go for the nigari sushi, with particular kudos for the fresh halibut, albacore, and mackerel. Another winner: Mixed Sashimi Salad topped with shrimp, tuna, yellowtail, salmon and albacore. A small, attractive patio offers al fresco dining.

Murakami Sushi
7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 692-1450
murakamimelrose.com

Poke Shack

The Melrose Avenue outpost of The Poke Shack is all about the poke, which comes in Big Daddy or Little Daddy sizes, with a choice of bases such as white rice, brown rice, bamboo rice, mixed greens, kale, or seaweed salad. Once you’ve chosen that bottom layer, select from ahi tuna, salmon, albacore, spicy tuna, or shrimp fish. Vegetarian, or just not a fan of raw? The Poke Shack has you covered with a well-sauced tofu as another option. With your protein layer selected, next comes the sauce: the house shoyu is reputedly the most popular, but spice lovers may choose a wasabi shoyu, sriracha aioli, or crunchy garlic. There’s also ponzu, truffle ponzu, and for those who want it as simple as possible, fresh lemon juice. Add toppings such as mushrooms, carrots, seaweed salad, serrano peppers, kimchi, kale, red cabbage, or the delicate, zesty watermelon radishes. The small, white-tiled restaurant offers delivery and online ordering options as well as dining indoors and on a secluded behind-the-store patio.

Poke Shack
7257 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 266-9259
http://www.thepokeshack.com/

8 oz Poke

Poke is fresh and made to order here at this small, fast-casual spot. Poke is created with the passion of skilled sushi chefs, offering small, medium, or large bowls with memorably fresh fish. Diners also get to pick two sides in addition to their fish, including hearty options such as crabmeat and sweet egg or lighter choices such as seaweed salad. Salmon and spicy tuna are favorites. Choose from rice or salad as a base.

8 oz Poke
7217 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 746-5777

Tsuri

This cozy sushi bar offers a delightful array of premium rolls along with bento boxes and other Japanese entrees. But sushi is most definitely the top menu item to order: from Flying Fish Egg and Vegetable Rolls, to Bluefin or Albacore Tuna. And don’t miss specialty rolls such as the Rock and Roll, a cucumber wrap with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, masago, gobo, and avocado. Or check out the spicy Tuna Jalapeno roll, for a little California zing added to your sushi stylin’. The 6-piece sashimi options offered here are ample and oh-so-fresh.

Tsuri
7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 935-1517
tsurila.com

Umeda

For the ultimate in elegant sushi dining, taking a trip to Chef Takuya Umeda’s eponymous dining spot is the perfect choice. The sleek and serene setting makes a perfect backdrop for delightful combinations of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and donburi items. Don’t miss the classic bento box that includes sashimi salad, suhi, black cod, and shrimo, a spicy, creamy seafood dish. There are udon noodles, too. But of course, the sushi is the star. Try eclectic options such as the Kohada, or gizzard shad, or choose more classic sushi fare as yellowtail or salmon. Rolls, either hand or cut, also vary from the simple – cucumber – to the more refined taste of Kampyo, a type of gourd that is a traditional ingredient in Edo-era cooking.

Umeda
6623 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 965-8010
http://umedarestaurant.com/

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.