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.
1. Sushi Ike - Omakase is absolutely delicious. The best Toro I've had in my life. The seared salmon melts in your mouth. The freshness and tenderness of the Amberjack is amazing with a hint of uzu. The sea bass salad made with uzu, sea salt, scallions, onions and sprouts is so refreshing and delicious. Grilled octopus is surprisingly tender. I also highly recommend the scallop. But get it two ways. Seared and not seared. - A lot of people give Ike flack since it switched ownerships and Ike opened Kimagure in Pasadena. I will say I have been going to Ike since the switch. I took a break at first and was not blown away. In the last 6 months however the quality of the fish and dishes are on a new level. I've turned a few ex Ike goers back into regulars. I'm going about once a week now. The staff is lovely as well. Rick the new owner is a laugh and a wonderful chef.
2. Sushi Eyaki - Sushi Eyaki is a great middle ground sushi restaurant to maybe take someone that isn't versed with traditional Japanese styles of sushi. They offer rolls that are filling and acceptable to the novice sushi adventurer. But they also offer delicious sushi and sashimi. - The sushi and sashimi is fairly fresh here. It's not the best I've had but it is tasty. My only complaint is most of the fish is either marinated or in a sauce. While some fish maybe this is necessary, I don't think all fish need this. These sweet sauces hide the true taste of the fish. That's why I eat sushi. To enjoy the taste of the fish!
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!