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Nozomi Sushi – Omakase

The beauty of living in LA/Southern California is that you're never farther than 20 minutes from a decent sushi restaurant. Gen, R23, Zo, Toshi, Urasawa, Nozawa, SugarFish, Mori, Kiyokawa, Kawa, Kiriko, Famima, Ralphs, Gelsons, the list NEVER ends. There is just no shortage of sushi in this city. It's a good thing for us sushi lovers as there are options galore when you have sushi on the brain.

While I don't find myself in the South Bay often, I was impressed enough with Nozomi Sushi that I would definitely take another drive down to experience the omakase there.

Nozomi Sushi & Japanese Restaurant

The omakase is really a chef's chance to show off their skills. Chef Yasu's attention to detail really comes through as you taste and experience each course.

Chef Yasu at Nozomi

Not to mention, Chef Yasu is one funny guy, so make sure you try to get a seat with him when you are at Nozomi.

But enough of the chatter, really what you want to see is the food, and without further ado, a journey through Nozomi Sushi's omakase.

Uni, Marinated Squid and Cream Cheese at Nozomi

Dinner was kicked off with a cracker topped with uni, marinated squid and cream cheese. At first, I thought, cream cheese?!?! But yes, it was a rich and savory way to start off the evening.

Sunomono at Nozomi

The standard sunomono to cleanse the palate and soul for the onslaught that was about to begin.

Alfonsino at Nozomi

The alfonsino is an ugly fish (based on what I saw on wiki). It's better known as red bream or Tasmanian snapper. It was a tasty fish and something I've never had before. The grated yuzu on top was the perfect complement.

Black Sea Breem w/ Ponzu Jelly at Nozomi

The black sea breem was topped with a very interesting ponzu jelly that Chef Yasu carefully cut and formed. The level of intricacy and detail to each dish was amazing.

Red Snapper with Sesame Soy Sauce at Nozomi

This red snapper was topped with a sesame soy sauce.

Hiramasa at Nozomi

The hiramasa was brushed with soy sauce.


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Sorry about that, let's get back to the omakase.

Calamari at Nozomi

We took a short break from the sushi extravaganza and the kitchen brought out these tasty plates of calamari. I can't remember what the green stuff was, but it provided a nice tart flavor to the calamari. I'm a sucker for anything tart and vinegary.

Burn Baby Burn at Nozomi

It's always exciting when the chef breaks out the torch. You know something is about to get seared/burned/fried.

Japanese Brown Barracuda with Yamaimo at Nozomi

I never had barracuda before. I kicked this barracuda's butt. Does a barracuda even have a butt? The barracuda was topped with yamaimo, which is a Japanese mountain yam. Supposedly it's an aphrodisiac. I requested a second serving.

Arabian White Shrimp at Nozomi

We had a healthy debate about this shrimp since we misunderstood the chef and thought the shrimp came from the Dead Sea instead of the Red Sea. See what happens when you let Sapporo sponsor your dinner? (Note: Sapporo didn't sponsor jack ish...)

Orange Clam at Nozomi

The orange clam was really good and didn't have the texture that you expect to get from a clam.

Salmon w/ White Thin Kelp at Nozomi

With all the unique cuts of fish we were experiencing, could I dare say that this was kind of...boring? The white thin kelp was a nice addition and reminded me of Shibuya's toro in Calabasas, CA.

Hamachi at Nozomi

Hamachi. Yum. No other words necessary.

Marinated Tun at Nozomi

This tuna was marinated in soy sauce which added a layer of flavor to it. Very interesting.

Toro at Nozomi

Toro. Sushi for the Gods. Need I say more? Melt in your mouth good.

Chawanmushi at Nozomi

What's under the hood?

Chawanmushi at Nozomi

Eggy goodness. A nice break from the sushi.

Santa Barbara Uni at Nozomi

The Santa Barbara uni was rich and flavorful.

Cod Milt at Nozomi

Rich and flavorful in a different way, I ate cod milt. I'll give you 30 seconds to google cod milt. Yes I ate it. Tasted kind of like monkfish liver.

Ikura with Raw Quail Egg at Nozomi

The ikura had a ton of flavor. Dos Huevos senor!

Anago w/ Lemon Zest at Nozomi

Our last course was the anago with lemon zest. Topped with a little teriyaki sauce, this was a nice warm treat to end the meal.

Don't F with the Chef

Don't piss off the chef or he might just shank ya.

Nozomi stood out it with its eclectic selection of fish, attention to detail and delicate handiwork. It was an an excellent time, and I can't wait to go back.

Nozomi Sushi & Japanese Restaurant
1757 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90501-2828
(310) 320-5511

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  1. For South Bay, I’d also recommend Sushi Ken (for the low-end) and Miura (for mid-end). The fact that Nozomi chose to soy sauce nearly every fish worries me. Never did the omakase here though, despite it being so close to Musha/Torihei. Isn’t the green flakes on the calamari nori powder?

    Then, there’s Ikko, the whimsical Franco-Nippon joint in a trip small…

  2. that uni shot is insane.

  3. That toro sushi looks amazingly succulent!

  4. I-Naba is pretty good. They have a tempura bar and has some really good plum wine

  5. I want to go back soon!

  6. Hi,
    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  7. if you guys ever go back to nozomi… PLEASE LET ME KNOW! i’m dyinggg to go.. omakase looks delicious!

  8. omg.. the toro, hamachi and chawanmushi look incredible!

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