Coming back from Coachella, we had a day to spend in LA. We opted to go see the taping of the Conan show and had an hour to eat before it started. Given a list of nearby eats, we ventured out and stumbled on Nippon, a Japanese restaurant.
The restaurant was almost closed for the lunch hour, although they didn’t mention it to us when we arrived. Such great service from the staff and as we left our meal, they were beginning theirs. Miso soup was served alongside Nhan and Jon’s bento boxes. By mistake, they served me a miso soup too. I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll mention it again, I don’t really get miso soup. They all taste pretty similar to me and unless it’s watered down, I can’t tell what’s “good” miso soup and what’s “bad”. Just tastes like miso soup.
Jon ordered the tempura and spicy tuna bento box, mostly on my insistence that I wanted to try their spicy tuna. Nothing at all like the ones back home, and barely spicy. Seasoned, yes, but spicy, no. Nothing particularly special about the bento box although nothing wrong with it. It was nice to see some greenery after a weekend of festival foods though so I polished the salad off quickly.
Nippon offered various rolls, some of which were photographed and featured on the table top. We chose the crunchy treat, a roll filled with imitation crab, topped with spicy tuna and tempura bits with a sweet soy sauce. Something about imitation crab meat always turns me off with sushi. It’s almost never as good as you hope for it to be, and the lack of heat from the spicy tuna made this roll disappointing. Our second roll, the New Toluca roll was filled with spicy tuna and topped with the white tuna alternative. The white tuna was fresher than what you can get in Edmonton, but again, this was underwhelming.
Thinking those two rolls were our more adventurous rolls, we had also played it safe with a rainbow roll. Insert repetition of my opinion on imitation crab meat! The sushi and Siao and I ordered were fresh though and pretty cheap when compared to the likes of Vancouver. I also tried Japanese scallop for the first time, apparently different from the chop chop version that I’m use to. Not a fan… I’ll stick to my salmon and red tuna. Something about the texture is different from your standard sashimi.
Although a refreshing change from the tacos and fried foods of the festival, I wouldn’t return to Nippon if given a choice. Sub-par sushi compared to what I’ve had in Vancouver and besides, SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa is just a hop away if you have a car in LA.
10155 Riverside Drive