Sushi Park {restaurant}

Sushi Park: sea urchin (uni)

After he teased me with it fairly soon after we met…

After I would occasionally, nervously bring it up, “Should we…?” then hurriedly change the subject…

After a year and a half of dating

We finally did it!

We went to Sushi Park.

Albacore Sashimi

Sushi Park: albacore sashimi

Bluefin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna with sauce, Bluefin Toro

Sushi Park: bluefin tuna, bluefin tuna with sauce, bluefin toro

Red Snapper, Halibut, Striped Bass

Sushi Park: red snapper, halibut, striped bass

King Scallop

Sushi Park: king scallops

Hamachi, Kanpachi, Black Snapper

Black snapper was outstanding.
Sushi Park: hamachi, kanpachi, black snapper

Skipjack, Jackfish

Sushi Park: skipjack, jackfish

Spanish Mackerel, Albacore Toro

Spanish mackerel was, as it always is, remarkable.
Sushi Park: spanish mackerel (aji), albacore toro

Scallop, White Salmon, Salmon

White salmon! I don’t even know what to say.
Sushi Park: scallop, white salmon, salmon

Octopus, Surf Clam, Uni

Uni so good, we asked for another. (Good to note: second time I’ve heard that uni from San Diego is better than uni from Santa Barbara.)
Sushi Park: octopus, surf clam, uni

Blue Crab Handroll

Sushi Park: blue crab hand roll

Foreau Vouvray Brut 2004/2005, Chidaine Les Bournais 2008

wine: Foreau Vouvray and Chidaine

Mochi Ice Cream

Green tea, mango, and the one I loved, strawberry
Sushi Park: mochi ice cream

Chefs

Sushi Park: chef

Signs

Sushi Park
Quick back story: Le Ben would always mention how good Sushi Park is, how he ate there three times in the first week he moved to LA, but how he wasn’t motivated to go back because they had a “no corkage” policy. Knowing that last part, still I’d occasionally bring up Sushi Park in hopes that he might want to go just for the sushi alone. In the end, we’d find ourselves at one of our usual, wine-friendly spots like Hirozen, Jinpachi or Nishimura.

Out of the blue last night, it was he who mentioned we go to Sushi Park so that at the very least, I could try it.

When he called the restaurant, he found out we could bring wine.

(Wait. What?! You mean we’ve been depriving ourselves this whole time for no reason?! No, no. They changed their minds.)

Omakase. Cuvee 2004/2005 Foreau Vouvray Brut and 2008 Francois Chidaine Le Bournais.

Yeah, we’re totally in the honeymoon phase now.

Sushi Park
8539 Sunset Blvd, 2nd floor
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.652.0523
corkage: $25
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  • http://www.facebook.com/man0fsteel Greg Park

    Great pics as always. I’m assuming you took these with your trusty S95? If so, what settings do you use to get that massive bokeh effect (the picture with the Sushi Chef)…I hope I’m not asking for your trade secrets…

    • Anonymous

      greg!

      these pics came out of a canon rebel xti (dslr). normally though, i DO carry the compact s95 for restaurant pix.

      in this case, the s95 probably would have taken pix that are just as good as the bigger cam especially with the bright halogen lighting at the sushi bar, but i’m trying to practice with dslrs as much as i can :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/man0fsteel Greg Park

        What lens do you use on the dslr?  Macro? 

        I’ve never been to Sushi Park, but I remember going to Sushi Sasabune in WLA and they too have the No California Roll signs. I wonder who was the first…

  • Nathan Lau

    I love their signs: NO! California roll. Damn straight! :D

    Did you taste both the Santa Barbara and the San Diego uni side by side, or just SD?

    • Anonymous

      nate!

      funny, the signs actually put me off initially. though i usually do shy away from rolls (of any kind), i think i just get irritated when someone tells me right off the bat what i can/cant do. :)

      however, while the signs seem somewhat sushi-nazi-esque, the chefs and staff are totally quiet and polite, not aggressive in any way at all.

      and on the uni ~ i didnt get to try them side by side but now you have put it in my head to do a taste-off, including uni from japan, which someone tells me is smaller and much “stronger.” i am totally curious about that…

  • http://twitter.com/CrudeDame Crude Dame

    Totally digging the ring of mochi ice cream quarters. I really liked Jinpachi, but I’m always open to trying other sushi spots. May have to hit up Sushi Park next time I’m in town! :)

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