The beauty of Toshi Sushi lies in its simplicity. The sushi counter seats 6 (maybe 8 if you take up the waiting area) and there are maybe 20 more seats in the main dining room.
But the simplicity of the restaurant belies chef Toshi-san's artistry.
I think this is the way Toshi-san likes it. He spent 16 years on the East Coast and managed his share of large, successful restaurants in Hartford, Connecticut. Family brought him back to LA and while this location is exponentially smaller, Toshi-san is happy. You can see it on his face and in the way he interacts with his customers. What you can expect from a meal at Toshi Sushi is good food and great value. The omakase delivers, by my count, 23 different pieces of food, which by my awesome Chinese mathematics skills comes to about $1.91 a piece, a great deal. So without further ado, and not much more writing, my omakase meal at Toshi Sushi.
First sushi course
Miso broiled fish
Eat the head, as Yao Ming suggests
Main sushi course
We finally get to dessert
Toshi-san breaking it down
There isn't much to say aside from that fact that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Toshi-san would occasionally check on me as I worked from one course to the next, always making sure that things were just right. When I got to dessert, we spent some time talking about time we both spent in New England.
As I walked out of the restaurant, I came to realize that Toshi-san was both a good storyteller in both verse and food.
Toshi Sushi - The best deal in town
357 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 9001