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Hiko Sushi

Map & Directions 11275 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
  • Japanese
  • Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, Mon-Fri 6pm-9pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

If you ask sushi chef/owner Shinji Murata whether the snapper is Japanese tai, his eyes will narrow, he will look quickly down at his hamper of rice, and he will mutter that the Japanese fish is farmed and he serves only wild. If you look at the plump, snow-white pillow of albacore, you may note that it is raw instead of seared tataki-style to firm its flesh like almost everywhere else in town. You will notice that the rice is not just warm, but hot, and that the soft fish melts into it in your mouth, enveloping the sweet grains almost like a sauce. Nothing at Hiko's sushi bar prepares you for a transcendent experience - the precut fish, the limited selection, the cheap plastic plates, the dining room that, while handsomely decorated with abstract paintings, is as basic as you'd expect a mini-mall restaurant to be - but the aesthetic of soft fish and hot rice is absolute, and nearly every piece is what it is intended to be. See full review.

Member Reviews

  • laweeklybestof wrote a review for Hiko Sushi
    on 05/06/09

    There are famously two schools of Los Angeles sushi at the moment, one of them, like Matsuhisa, looking to the global future of sushi; the other toward the past. Some of the traditionalists, led by Kazunori Nozawa, of Sushi Nozawa, take their fishy fundamentalism to an extreme, bouncing customers who dare to ask for a caterpillar or a spicy tuna roll, serving fish only in the... More >>

  • Jack Giarraputo wrote a review for Hiko Sushi
    on 04/30/09

    get the albacore and the baby tuna. actually try it all, but those are the anchor dishes. soft and yummy different from other sushi

  • claire85 wrote a review for Hiko Sushi
    on 07/27/08

    If you are in the mood for "clean" sushi - meaning melt in your mouth pieces of fish on perfectly cooked sushi rice - then this is the place. Their innocuous strip mall location is only open for lunch (sigh) but maybe that's how they ensure that the fish they serve is so fresh (from the morning's market straight to your lunch table). They don't take reservations and won't seat... More >>

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  • Jeannie on 02/03/10

    Let the chef decide for you. He's strict but it is so fresh and completely worth being scared by him! Oh and make sure to power down phones or you'll be in the sushi dog house.

  • zack l. on 10/05/09

    Great sushi place!

  • Eater on 11/06/13

    The rice is warm, and the sushi is achingly fresh, though selections are a bit more straightforward than other high-end places. To get beyond the set menu with special items, politely ask the chef.

  • Krystal C. on 02/09/12

    Omakase all the way!

  • DailyCandy on 02/14/14

    No cell phones. Come hungry. Chef Shinji Murata runs a tight ship, and the discipline extends to his ingredient selections — only the best blue crab, baby tuna, escolar, and salmon skin make the cut.

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