Sushi of Gari Hollywood: A Pictorial Essay


#41

Agree with @ipsedixit, not true. They have some great creative topping combinations; far superior to some of the monstrosities locally. I recollect having an amazing smoke infused neta (forgot specific fish) during my meal in NYC.


#42

um…if people don’t want to go to gari and eat sushi, how do they stay in business?


#43

For the smoked yellowtail collar? For the fantastic beef teriyaki? For the melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin tempura? For the sake-friendly karaage? Or perhaps for the mochi ice cream.

Or maybe people just pay to go and enjoy the Toto Neorest. I know that’s what I do. Beats the toilet in my hotel room.


#44

I too am a huge fan. Toto the toilet, that is (not so much the band or the dog).


#45

Do they have the same setup in LA?


#46

Reviewer fail: Didn’t go check out the bathroom. Please remove whatever badges I may have earned.


#47


Went for lunch today. Very good way to sample the style without breaking the bank with the mandatory evening omakase. Chef’s choice eight piece lunch special with roll was $50. Aside from the roll, everything that I was served was perfectly documented by @J_L. I have to say it was a very enjoyable meal. My only gripe is that that tomato served on their signature dish was way too hot. I wound up burning my tongue. The good thing is that it was really tasty. Chef was really personable and almost too humble. He really was downplaying his pedigree a lot. And it was a bonus to spend some quality time on their wonderful commode. Can’t say I’m rushing back for the evening course, but it’s certainly on my to do list.


#48

nice pics, did you need a second lunch?


#49

i love how the biggest picture in that set is the pic of the toilet.


#50

where are the controls for the toilet, is it on the wall? Does it have a heated seat, automatic air deodorizer, proximity sensor? how does it compare to yazawa’s toilet?


#51

I had a rather late breakfast of Bob’s Donuts this morning. By the time lunch was done, I was pretty sated. I’m starving now, but holding off for Ad Hoc fried chicken at Bouchon tonight. Let’s just chalk this up as a “treat yourself” day for me! :slight_smile:


#52

Controls were on the wall. I didn’t stay that long to enjoy the full compliment of features. And I think this could be the start of a brilliant new thread.


#53

My current top 2 LA toilets

  1. Yazawa
  2. Sushi tsujita

#54

Great writeup! And with toilet picture, natch.

Yeah, the chef told me to wait at least 10-15 seconds before tearing into that signature tomato dish. I listened.


#55

Now I sort of need to know if both the men’s and women’s bathrooms have the same Toto Neorest 600 model.


#56

Behold…


#57

What did you think?

I thought the chicken was flavorful and juicy but frankly that breading was a bit thick for my tastes.

Nonetheless. Very tasty bird.


#58

Still really tasty and juicy. Crust was über thick this time. I still ate every last bit. Side were so so. Biscuits and green beans were alright. Bechamel on the mac and cheese had way too much nutmeg. But it’s a lovely room and I was with great company. I should just order the take out bucket next time though.


#59

Went on Friday night.
It is really quite delicious. As somewhat of a sushi purist I expected to dislike it and find the fish overwhelmed by the toppings. That is true to a certain extent on many of the plates but the flavors work really well together on most of those fusion-y offerings that I found myself strangely satisfied.
The three sushi chefs we met trained in NYC for three months to learn the Gari program but will tell you (semi-discreetly) that the fish selection in LA is better.
They could use a tap beer but the two craft beers from Japan are nice. Had a wonderful “tap” sake not sure of the name or what tap sake even means. But it was great.


#60

Tried going here for a second time before a show at the Fonda, and found that they’ve changed their name to Totoyama Sushi & Ramen. Headed in anyway because I needed a quick bite and didn’t want Shake Shack. The decor is the same, and my attached picture shows they still have a bit of unique garnishes on each piece but no longer as pronounced and a noticeable dip in quality. It’s simply not the same. Also had a ramen which wasn’t anything special. Oh well.