It has been nearly a half-year since my dinner omakase at Sushi Tsujita. I haven’t been back for dinner since, but I have returned several times for lunch, where they have an assortment of chirashi/sashimi/donburi, raw fish and other ingredients, served on top of sushi rice.
Special for lunch, they have $15 Chirashi Bowl that includes a miso soup. It is limited to 15 servings a day, a not uncommon practice for certain specialty dishes at Japanese restaurants. The variety of fish changes daily but is always fresh and varied. The sushi rice, which I found a little inconsistent with the nigiri at my dinner omakase, works as a great base in these bowls.
If the $15 chirashi is sold out, the lowest priced regular lunch item was a Sashimi Bowl at $25 that included miso soup and chawanmushi, a savory steamed egg custard. Again, the fish vary daily and include more premium ingredients than the chirashi, e.g. slices of chutoro instead of akami.
However, within a few months, they revamped their lunch menu with some items between the $15 and $25 price points. If you have more specific tastes, for $18, you can now get a Tuna Bowl or a Salmon & Ikura Bowl, with generous portions of fresh fish.
While my wife loves raw salmon, she’s not as enamored with its roe. Fortunately for her, Sushi Tsujita offers a Salmon & Uni Bowl for $25. While the sliced salmon dominates the toppings, they don’t skimp on the sea urchin!
All of these new lunch options also come with miso soup and chawanmushi! These really help make a full meal out of these dishes.
Unlike most sushi restaurants, Sushi Tsujita is open 7 days a week. Even more rare is that they have lunch service every day, including on weekends! While I haven’t explored anything beyond the rice bowls at lunch, they do offer nigiri and temaki sets, and even a lunchtime omakase at $80. It is a great way to try the place out before committing to the minimum $120 dinner omakase.
2006 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025