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01/05/2011Provided by Citysearch
I had the Chef's Special at Echigo last night and it was so good. The fish was super fresh and tasted so clean. We had things like white fish, albacore, butter fish, baby tuna and blue crab. The server comes out and serves you each piece one by one, and will continue this process until you get to your finale of the blue crab roll. She/he will tell you when to use soy sauce and when to not - because certain pieces come out with sauce on them already and would ""ruin"" the roll if you added soy sauce (salt) to them.
Overall, it was a great experience. It was a bit pricey, but definitely worth the money.
11/08/2010Provided by Citysearch
So there are a number of better looking places for sushi than Echigo but you won't find better fish. The chef's tasting menu is the way to go the first time around so you can get an idea of what you want more of. Don't be afraid to be served something you don't like....you have so much more to gain from jumping in, as all of the chef's creations are a symphony in your mouth. I have yet to try something blind that I didn’t like. I am a Los Angeles and Monaco girl who loves restaurants and bars which surround its patrons with luxury and fancifulness in the décor but sometimes it well worth it to enjoy the luxury of truly fine sushi and take a step back from the facade. This place doesn’t need to wow you with the chairs or curtains; the fish is enough to keep you coming back! My absolute favorite Sushi hands down.
04/10/2010Provided by Citysearch
I don't normally write reviews, but I read the last post and I felt I had to say someting. I'm wondering if that person was describing the same restaurant. I've been to Echigo at least a dozen times, and the experience has been the opposite of their report in every way:
1) The ambiance is simple and unpretentious, probably reflecting the chef philosophy that it's all about the fish; if you want fake water falls and Japanese Muzak, go somewhere else.
2) The portions are perfect, not too big or too small, just right to enjoy and savor without overdoing it.
3) The fish quality is typically the best I have every experienced, and I've traveled extensively, including to Japan. I've never had yellowtail so consistently good. Once at the Four Seasons on the Big Island in Hawaii, I had yellowtail sashimi that was better than Echigo, but that's an experience I've yet to encounter again.
4) Where you see pretentiousness, I see integrity. The chef at Echigo makes what he makes. The chef at Echigo refuses to do take out because the rice wouldn't be warm when the sushi is eaten. That probably costs him a lot of business. He could pander to the masses with different food and make more money. That's integrity. If you want an exploding caterpillar roll, go to Sushi Roku.
5) I've always found the service at Echigo to be efficient, happy and very friendly. There's only one chef and an assistant, so maybe you were there when it was extra busy and it ran behind.
We're lucky to have a Echigo on the West Side!
05/12/2009Provided by Citysearch
This restaurant regrettably provided one of the worst dining experiences we've had in LA in a long time. My wife and I go out for sushi regularly, and had heard lots of hype about how good this place was. After going, I truly can't understand what others see in this place. It's billed as being more genuine sushi, and sticking to only the traditional applications. However, they take this concept to an almost pretentious level, and fall short in several areas.
1) The ambiance is bland at best, and considering the prices of the sushi, almost offensive.
2) The prices were on the face fairly average, however, the sizes of the sushi were so minuscule that it really escalates the relative pricing of this restaurant into the realm of far more elegant options. My wife ordered salmon sashimi for $14, and got 6 slices of paper thin salmon that weighed literally an ounce and a half.
3) The fish quality is only mediocre. The tuna sashimi was dry and not uniformly cut, I'm sure in an attempt to make use of the scraps.
4) The sushi chef is full of himself. I might be able to get over the fact that they refuse to sell basics like miso soup, and spicy tuna rolls, (though I've been to Tokyo, and these items are commonplace there). However, his rolls are not the traditional hand rolls, and he refused to cut them into more reasonable pieces. They appeared haphazardly assembled with no concern whatsoever for visual presentation.
5) The service was dismal. At least they kept refilling our tea, because it took us about 40 minutes to get our food, and even then, it came out to us so fragmented that the rest of my party was practically done with their food before I had even gotten a single one of my orders.
Needless to say, it will be the last time I patronage this restaurant, and I encourage you to save your time and senses and avoid it altogether.
04/13/2008Provided by Citysearch
I took my parents here. Extremely BAD idea. They only serve nigiri sushi and handrolls. NOTHING ELSE. their sushi has a unique taste, and it may even be a truer Japanese taste (I don't know, I'm only really familiar with American sushi), but it wasn't my taste. It's about five dollars for each two-piece nigri plate. We ended up just eating a few pieces of sushi as an appetizer and then going elsewhere for dinner. Maybe this is a decent quick lunch spot, but don't expect to see staple sushi rolls like spicy tuna or california roll. This is a very deconstructed sushi experience.
As far as the ambience, it's really a small really casual place. not good for a proper nice dinner.
03/04/2008Provided by Citysearch
I have been to all of the expensive, shallow, LA sushi places in town. Not because of the hype, but wanting to find a great sushi place. I found it at Echigo. There's no comparison to any other sushi restaurants in this town. It's as close to Japan as you are going to come. For those who complain about the decor, obviously just don't get it. This place gives you the best sushi in town, and because it's not decorated with all the silly frills, and gimmicks of other restaurants, it concentrates on the most important part. The food. I love wasabi....I didn't put one ounce of it on any of my sushi, because the quality of fish speaks for itself. Don't forget the mouth watering rice that is served with the sushi....I wanted just a bowl of the rice. The blue crab roll is so delicious, that I almost slid right out of my chair. Lucky for me and my husband we live right next door to this place. We will be going back time and time again.
02/22/2008Provided by Citysearch
I have been back about 5 times and everybody I have taken loves the sushi. The ambiance is quite poor, but the fish is incredible and worth it. Everything is very fresh, there are some interesting fish types I have never tried elsewhere, and some I have had at other places and didn't like I have tried here and thought were delicious. I have never had a problem with service, and the wasabe and soy and serving one piece at a time is supposed to be like that--go to some other omakase places in LA and you wil find the same thing
12/12/2007Provided by Citysearch
one of the best omakase sushi places on the westside. better than sasabune! the atmosphere could use an upgrade but the sushi is well worth it. the fish is always fresh and just melts in your mouth. the sushi rice is served warm (the way it's supposed to be served). the other chick has no idea what she's talking about. she must be used to buffet style sushi that's by the pound. either that or she's got no palate for finer tastes.
12/09/2007Provided by Citysearch
ITS TRULY LAUGHABLE THAT THE SOME REVIEWERS COMPLAIN THAT THE CHEF IS CHEAP BECAUSE THE PIECES ARE TOO SMALL FOR THEM. IF HE WAS CHEAP HE WOULD BUY SUB PAR FISH AND SERVE YOU BIG SHOVEL FULLS OF IT. HE IS NOT CHEAP, HE BUYS THE BEST DAMN FISH $ CAN BUY. IF YOU ARE HUNGRY, DO WHAT I DO, EAT MORE!!! DUH!! SUSHI IS NOT ABOUT BIG PIECES, NOR IS IT IN FINE CUISINE WHERE THE PORTIONS ARE TRULY SMALL. ITS ABOUT THE QUALITY, BUT THE TRULY UNSOPHISTICATED WILL HAVE TROUBLE DISCERNING IT ( see below )
10/24/2007Provided by Citysearch
This is the worse sushi place I have ever been to. This place was highly recommended, but I don't see why. The pieces were the smallest and thinnest pieces I have ever been served. I couldn't even savor the fish itself because of the amount of rice that each piece had. To be fair maybe this WAS a great place at one time- but the chef is definitely cheap on the cut/amount of fish that he serves. I would say not worth the price at all or go there when you're not hungry or after you've had a full meal.
10/20/2007Provided by Citysearch
I initally read about this place on this website and it seemed like a good place to try. My wife and I love trying new sushi spots so we ventured over the hill from Studio City to try it out. When we got our first piece of single piece of sushi we almost laughed at the size of the cut, dont get me wrong the quality of the fish was top-notch but the cut was a joke. For the amount of money you spend on 2 pieces of sushi you can go to many sushi spots all over LA and get the same quality but a normal cut. Then we got out so called ""large"" sake to our table and it was undersized. I understand the ambience they are trying to create at Echigo but the place just does not fit with barren ugly walls and no atmosphere. By the end of our dinner we hade spent over $100 on sushi and were still hungry!! That has never happened to me in 15 years of eating sushi!! THe one positive was the service and the $34 cold sake we got which was amazing!! I do not recommed this place to anyone unless you are prepared to overspend on small cuts but quality fish. Instead try Brothers Sushi in Woodland Hills- same quality but decent sized cuts.
06/24/2007Provided by Citysearch
I've been to Echigo three times, and each time I think it just gets better. The fish is phenomenal -- the best I've had in LA. It's unbelievably fresh, and the preparation is fantastic. (Not just plain fish and rice, but simple sauces, or little bits of pepper or sesame seeds.) I love the warm, slightly vinegary rice. They bring the dishes out one at a time, which is great, since it forces you to slow down, and taste each piece of fish. The red snapper, benito, and toro are all spectacular. Only downside is that the ambiance is a bit cold and dingy. But honestly, you'll be so fixated on your sushi, you'll hardly notice.
06/19/2007Provided by Citysearch
The best sushi in LA. try the monk fish liver, unless you're morally opposed because of the claims of overfishing. The decor and ambiance is so so, but you're there to eat, not look at the walls. don't bring any friends who don't like authentic sushi and Sashimi. They'll be sneered at by the waitress if they ask for a California roll or tempura, because they don't serve it. the sign at the entrance clearly states, ""NO CALIFORNIA ROLL"". Warning: No kids are allowed either, only adults.
One of my favorite places in all of LA, definitely my favorite sushi place! Only for sushi purists - you can't get rolls with cream cheese here, or even miso soup. It's just about high quality fish on top of amazing rice (the sushi rice here is warm and flavored - you will never want to go back to cold rice again). If you go here looking for trendy atmosphere or creative rolls you will be dissapointed, but if you love sushi you will find a new Shangri-la.
i think this is one the of the best sushirestaurants out there! they don't even serve anything else but sushi! so don't expect any appetizers soups or salads or any sideorders whatsoever. they don't have anything cooked! but it's definitely the highest quality fish i have ever had. unfortuantely it's not cheap, but all the dollars you spend here are really worth it! if you are looking for sushi and not fancy sushi, here is the deal!
11/01/2006Provided by Citysearch
I went to this place after hearing good things from culinary trustworthy friends, and after learning that the chef was a student of the head chef from Sasabune. I can honestly say that the teacher bested the student. Before factoring in price, the restaurant is mediocre at best...after factoring in price, the restaruant fails. I paid $10 less to get 1/2 the sushi I could get at Sasabune. The service was well below average. The cuts of fish were small, and inconsistent within each piece. The sushi chefs did not say one word to us, and when we asked what kind of fish and where it was from that we just got, they got frusturated and spoke to us like we were idiots for not knowing what we were eating. Overall I would not waste my money here, I would check out Sasabune for upper echelon sushi.
10/27/2006Provided by Citysearch
been going to this place for years -- back when the only diners were my friends and i. boy, have things changed. sometimes, we have to actually wait to be seated. on to the food: i strongly recommend the blue crab rolls. it is true that echigo usually does not have rolls and serves traditional sushi. but, the blue crab roll is excellent! i also recommend the stuffed squid, which is squid stuffed with blue crab. again, excellent! as for the actual fish, you can't go wrong by odering the salmon, kanpachi, hamachi, monk fish liver. this place is actually one of my favorite sushi places. service could be spotty depending on your server. but, that should not stop you from going to echigo to enjoy food that would make any sushi lover's mouth water.
09/15/2006Provided by Citysearch
I'd say mediocre at best and the only way I ould come back would be to order a la carte. The chefs tasting was not worth the $100 (for two) price tag.
After all the rave reveiws, I was quite disappointed in the experience at Echigo. The chefs tasting menu was mixed. Of 10 courses, I enjoyed maybe three of them. The sushi cuts were small and not particularly tasty. We went on a wed night, came in and sat down and had to wait 40 minutes for anyone to come over to acknowledge us. Also, the two gentleman who sat next to us and came in after us, were served before we were. We stayed only because we had heard great things about the restaurant. In theend we were quite disapoointed.
Phone: (310) 820-9787
Address: 12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025
- Payment method
- all major credit cards, discover
- Price Range
- West Los Angeles
- Other Information
Parking: Street, On Site
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Seafood
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
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