Ok. Well I haven't eaten there in 4 months. Perhaps it's changed since I was last there. But please try Sushi Ike. If you want an artform, sit at the bar and Rick will blow your socks off.
Right. And that's why I recommended it as a "middle ground" sushi restaurant. I've never had fish that wasn't fresh there. Depends on what day of the week you go like any sushi restaurant. They get different fish during different parts of the week....
Goto Sushi Ike if you want the real deal.
Albacore is almost always seared at most sushi restaurants when served. I've actually never not had it seared. Maybe you're thinking of Blue Fin or Toro which is usually served raw.
If you go to Sushi Ike I promise you won't be disappointed. I'm very shocked that you had a bad experience at Eyaki. I've never encountered what you did. Hopefully you didn't go on a Saturday or a Sunday. That's probably the worst time to goto any Sushi restaurant because the fish has been sitting around for the week for the most part.
Ok this has probably been beaten to death here.
1. Sushi Ike
2. Sushi Eyaki
Would love to try a few other places in Hollywood. I have tried some other joints that aren't worth mentioning. Sugar Fish is not in Hollywood but I am familiar with the Nozawa clan and have been to those restaurants. Sushi in the Valley is another story :) I plan to goto Kimagure soon. I haven't tried Ike's new restaurant and am quite curious!