11629 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-2907

California Roll Factory

Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles
Cuisine: Asian, Lunch, Fusion

California Roll Factory is a Asian, Lunch, and Fusion restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends and paid between $10 and $25.

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 Los Angeles, CA

The Mickey D's of Sushi

Do you like your sushi to be melt-in-your-mouth tender, like slivers of molten ocean cushioned in perfect vinegary rice and crispy seaweed?

Are you a purist who eschews any non-Japanese embellishments or ingredients, such as avocado, cream cheese or “special sauce”?

Do you like your sushi to be edible art, a colorful yet orderly abstract statement on a pristine porcelain plate?

Um, really? Then please, for your own good, stay away (no, run screaming) from the California Roll Factory.

If you’re like me, however, and feel that there’s a time and a place for pristine-yet-pricey sushi (but alas, that time isn’t now), then the Cali Roll Factory is for you.

What you get here is dinky tables, a small space, a ridiculously long menu (to the point where the sushi rolls start to seem nearly identical to one another), low prices, messy and sloppy sushi, and a full belly.

On my first visit, my friend and I ordered three fairly complicated rolls to share. The waitron brought them all falling apart and shoved together on one plate, to the point where we could barely tell the difference between the rolls (and the visual appeal is part of the fun of sushi, or at least, having each roll displayed like an individual work of art).

I’m not expecting the Fred Segal of sushi, mind you; I’m expecting upper-end Target. What I get instead is the 99 Cent Store. Oh well.

Oh…. and CRF specializes in these weird sauces like the “special sauce” or “secret sauce,” a spicy orange mayonnaisy substance that they squeeze liberally on nearly everything; “eel sauce” (despite its name, not made of eel, but rather, the sweetish bbq sauce you typically squirt onto unagi); and my personal fave, “garlic sauce,” which isn’t too sweet or fattening.

My recommendation is to stay away from the rolls that veer too far into the strange or outrageous. If you don’t like the idea of sushi rolled in rice paper and stuffed with baked salmon, cream cheese, tempura vegetables, taro root and shredded carrot, then there are still the typical rolls you’d get elsewhere (fish and cucumber, for example) that are priced a little more reasonably.

This place is a much better deal if you go with a friend and share. A basic roll will cost you $6.00 and up, which is sort of a good deal, except that you can get the same thing at Whole Foods for around the same price (and there’s no wait at Whole Foods). But three rolls to share at only $18-$20 total is a pretty good deal.

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 San Francisco, CA

The best sushi I've had in the Los Angeles...

The best sushi I’ve had in the Los Angeles area was at California Roll Factory. With plenty of choices to choose from, they are very generous with their proportions and quite easy on their prices. And guess what, they deliver. It’s a bit cramped inside if you’re eating in, but they’re just a phone call away and they’ll bring it right to you. If you want the most sushi and the best quality for the best price, this is the place to go.

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California Roll Factory is located near the cities of Civic Center Little Tokyo, Sanford, Dockweiler, Windsor Hills, and August F Haw.
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