Being more a fan of traditionally made sushi, I tend not to dig Japanese fusion joints too much, especially since most are really just gimmicky and overpriced. However, for Sashi, I'm going to have to make an exception, because behind the fancy schmancy decor and the somewhat hefty prices, there's actually substance. From the quality of the ingredients to the creativity of each dish and the way it is executed, almost everything is perfection. Decor For starters, the restaurant itself is lovely. Very chic and trendy. There's dark cherry wood panelling on the walls to go along with their dark cherry wood furniture. There are neat light fixtures all over the place, plus strategically applied mood lighting. Lots of pinks, purples and blues. The bar's lovely, too, with spirits being illuminated by fluorescent pink lighting. Such ambiance makes for a perfect date restaurant. Since it was such a warm evening when I went there, though, my four dining companions opted to sit outside, which was nice, too. There were even heat lamps for when it got cooler. Service Service was exceptional as well. Our server and the bussers were really gracious and attentive. Our server also knew the menu really, really well, too, which is impressive, considering how extensive the menu is. Another example of their fine service was when I called them tonight to ask about their menu to help me write this review. I pretty much called them and asked, "Um... what did I eat last Monday night?". I could tell by all the noise in the background that they were pretty busy, but the lady on the other end was really patient and seemed more than happy to help me. And help me out she did as you can see in the appropriately labelled photos below!
Food What would complete this trifecta of restaurant amazingness? To go with the lovely decor and the exceptional service -- delicious food! Their menu is really, really extensive and super Asian fusion. Besides the rolls, nigiri, sashimi and robata that you'd find at a typical Japanese restaurant, there are also items such as spring rolls, salads, and sandwiches. A few neat ingredients popped out at me. There was a lot of use of Jidori chicken and eggs, both kobe AND wagyu beef, and toro. Toro in rolls and handrolls. Heck, there was even toro tartare topped with caviar. Chopping up a piece of fish as beautiful as toro and then adding additional flavors to it? That's pretty adventurous and ballsy.
They have a pretty extensive wine list as well. We ended up going with a bottle of Prosecco and then a bottle of Pinot Noir, and they both totally hit the spot. I don't think that it's possible to go wrong with any of the choices on the list. By the way, bottles are 50% off on Mondays ;)
I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Heirloom Tomato Sorbet How interesting is that? It actually tasted more like mango with bits of salt in it soaking in olive oil. I loved this. So good!
Marinated Japanese Eggplant I believe that's a Jidori hen egg yolk and tiny sprig of mint. This was an appetizer served together with the sorbet.
Edamame 2 Ways Steamed edamame with Indian spices and edamame with sea salt. Really interesting because I had never had warm edamame before, especially with Indian spices. It was pretty darn good.
Jidori Chicken Cigars Crispy spring rolls stuffed with Jidori chicken and vegetables served with wasabi BBQ sauce. I could've sworn I tasted curry in there. That red powder could possibly be curry powder.
Crispy Rice & Spicy Tuna Pan fried crispy sushi rice topped with spicy tuna and Serrano chilies. Prior to dining here, @jrjohnson had recommended this. I loved it! Crispy pan fried rice is one of my favorite snacks to eat when I'm in China, and adding spicy tuna on top is just the icing on the cake. Might just have to add this to my maguro review.
Black Tiger Prawn Tempura Tempura battered black tiger prawns mixed in a wasabi aioli sauce served on a baby frieze salad. Reminded me of honey walnut prawns that you can get at Chinese restaurants, except its got a kick of wasabi in it! Mmmmm...
Lobster Fried Rice Maine Lobster served in a “toban” pot with cucumber, tomato, shitake mushrooms and Indian spices. The lobster shell is just decoration as the lobster meat has been pulled and shredded for us :D
Kobe Steak Toban Yaki Grilled Kobe filet mignon, sautéed spinach, grilled potato, served with teriyaki truffle butter sauce. The sauce was delicious. So were the veggies.
Dessert Bento Box Tofu cheesecake, chocolate lava cake, donut holes and mochi ice cream. This is the only part of the entire meal that was mediocre. We all tried to share the donut holes, but we couldn't tear them apart. Not a good sign for donut holes! I love the concept of this dessert though.
If you're ever in Manhattan Beach, definitely dine at Sashi if you get the chance. I'd come back again in a heartbeat! Nothing beats delicious food and wine with great service in such a lovely restaurant. Having good company doesn't hurt either ;)
Sashi is more than just amazing sushi restaurant with alluring atmosphere. My love for Sashi comes from its unique ability to be more than just a restaurant, to offer more to Manhattan Beach than just a culinary destination. When Sashi first opened its doors to Manhattan Beach it quickly became known to us locals as a great place for an entertaining date night or to grab a drink with friends to kick off the weekend. However, I quickly realized, along with many others, that this upscale … more
Glamorous, hip setting. Great sushi. Makoto, Sashi's executive chef learned under Morimoto, who apparently is the greatest iron chef of all time (I'm not sure what this means, but people who watch Iron Chef are extremely impressed with this fact). This place is such a scene that they have a sake sommelier, for chrissakes. If you want to look at beautiful people, eat some delicious sushi, and/or have a cocktail, this is a great spot. On to the specifics: Food … more
Hip local sushi restaurant that is always busy and always sensational. The menu offers boutique sushi rolls, sushi, sashimi, robata, soups, entrees (Chilean sea bass is to die for) and specials. The happy hour is also killer-week nights and Sundays!
Sushi is excellent - though ideally you just want to go on chef's menu / recommendations - I never do as well ordering on my own. Great for a group or celebration. Very clubby vibe, so fun for a night on the town if you're into that.
This place is beautiful inside and they're presentation is spectacular. Nice place to go to impress an out of South Bay date. The non-sushi menu is decent but the sushi leaves a bit to be desired and the prices are very high. Looks nice though.
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Hearing a warm friendly voice when you call for a reservation. Feeling a sense of energy as you enter a space. Taking your first bite of a dish that is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Like traveling to a faraway yet favorite place, we believe eating out should satisfy both your curiosity and your comfort.
Here, Chef Makoto takes you on a flavorful adventure with every visit. Committed to organic and locally grown ingredients whenever possible, Makoto’s new-Japanese style combines fresh ingredients and influences from many cultures into new dishes that will delight your palate and your eyes.
In the end, the most memorable meals are those that inspire good conversation and a yearning to return. We want this to be your Sashi experience.