347 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4215
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Hama Sushi

Neighborhoods: Downtown
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Lunch

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  • 3/29/2021

    A dining patron from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 7/21/2017

    A dining patron from Montebello, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/10/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 3/31/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 11/14/2014

    A Japanese chowhound from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 10/14/2014

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 8/15/2014

    A Japanese chowhound from Seattle, WA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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Kris

 Cerritos, CA
 

This is my unjustifiable favorite place for...

This is my unjustifiable favorite place for sushi. Close second is Hide on Sawtelle. Hama’s not typically highly esteemed by the sushi-going public. It’s small and tucked away in the heart of LA’s J-town. It’s not as flashy as Sasabune, Nozawa, R-23, among other star spots… but it is solid all the way around.

Their albacore sashimi is an absolute must. Their spicy tuna hand rolls are undoubtedly the best I have ever had. I have no idea what they’re doing differently – but the tuna tastes fresher, almost creamier. Just flat out delicious. You’re going to have to ask for the handrolls to include avodados if that’s your thing. Toro and yellowtail are also fantastic there. If you’re in J-Town and R-23 is jammed, give Hama a try.

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PaulaF

 Los Angeles, CA
 

Hurray for Hama

Went here on a Thursday evening with a friend at 7:30pm. We probably had to wait about 15-20 minutes to get seated (at the sushi bar – well, there only two small tables, so basically it’s sushi bar or bust!) We ordered:

- yellowtail sushi
- uni sushi
- salmon sushi
- halibut sushi (already pre-marinated so no need for soy sauce)
- grilled oysters
- albacore sashimi
- monkfish liver sashimi
- spicy tuna roll
- soft shell crab roll

I loved their albacore toro (so tender and smooth), spicy tuna rolls (traditional maki with seaweed on the outside; tuna comes through clearly yet with a refined spicy kick – no gloppy spicy mayo oosing everywhere!), monkfish liver sashimi (served in light soy dressing and topped with minced scallions and ginger; smooth, subtle flavor, rich without being overwhelming), and salmon (beautiful, bright, and the most vibrant taste of salmon I’ve ever had – who knew such a “basic” fish could be so good?) Grilled mussles appetizer is delicious (chopped mussles mixed with some type of rich cream sauce and then stuffed into shells; the cream sauce forms a nice light crust when grilled.) However, you can probably get something similar at any decent Japanese restaurant for less. Uni was also good, but is better at Sushi Sushi. Sushi Sushi’s uni was more tender, and I prefer how their version is served without seaweed surrounding the uni and rice. Halibut is served already with a soy sauce drizzled on it; good, very delicate, but not in the league of Sushi Sasabune’s. Yellowtail was also good, but fairly comparable to most good quality sushi joints. The albacore sashimi (lying in a shallow bath of yuzu or ponzu, I think) and the soft shell crab cut roll were okay, but they aren’t usually my favorite items (friend wanted them). I was actually surprised that such a traditional sushi restaurant had a soft shell crab roll.

With tax and tip we paid a total of $80 for the above. (Note: We didn’t order any alcohol or soda.) It isn’t a cheap sushi place, but not outrageous: probably a bit more expensive than Sushi Go 55, but not as expensive as, say, Jinpachi, Sushi Sushi, etc. They also don’t have quite the range of unique fish that other top sushi restaurants have (ergo, no omakase here). Overall, I liked Hama Sushi a lot, as their quality, particularly of certain items, was excellent.

Salmon

beautiful, bright, and the most vibrant taste of salmon I’ve ever had – who knew such a “basic” fish could be so good?

Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy tuna rolls: traditional maki with seaweed on the outside; tuna comes through clearly yet with a refined spicy kick – no gloppy spicy mayo oosing everywhere!

SOFT SHELL CRAB

Okay, but nothing special. That said, it usually isn’t one of my favorite items (friend wanted them). I was actually surprised that such a traditional sushi restaurant had a soft shell crab roll.

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