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- Sushi CartMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to ReviewSep 24, 2012
If you are stuck at LAX in one of those airport hotels on Century boulevard, you don't have a lot of great nearby dining choices. If you want Japanese food, it is even more limited. You can go to Kanpai out on Manchester, but it is expensive and not in walking distance. If you don't want to take a cab somewhere, then I have a perfect little hidden gem for you.
No, it isn't like a little cart on the sidewalk on Century Boulevard or World Way at LAX, like some Off-theGrid cart. It is inside the Crown Plaza LAX Airport Hotel. It is inside, right before the main Brasserie Bistro restaurant.
It is literally a wood cart like setup, with a bar no bigger than the one in your Dad's family room or basement man cave, with only 4 stools to sit on. But it is a great choice for authentic (well, as authentic as can be in a cart) mini-sushi bar.
It is run by Joji Takagi-san (in Japan it would be Takagi Joji-san), a Japanese man who has been making sushi for nearly 40 years, starting in Japan and continuing on in the US. Granted, he has limited capabilities in this little kiosk of an operation, but he makes the most of it.
And he is very friendly, humble, and colorful, and of course, knows his sushi.
We were going to order assorted Nigiri, but when he realized what we wanted, he suggested the special, which was mostly the same Nigiri for only $22.50. It was a good deal! (see pic) We also ordered some other Nigiri beyond that, and Asahi, a small sake, and then a larger sake, with also a miso shiro soup. Total with tax was $70.96 for the two of us, with alcohol adding up to $27 of that.
It was delightful, and so was Joji-san, who is originally from Nagoya, Japan, where Toyota's headquarters are located.