One of the busiest restaurants in Pasadena, Osawa does it all - shabu shabu, sushi, and sukiyaki - and all of it is pretty great. Despite the huge menu, we usually order the sushi combination special, which includes a blue crab hand roll alongside 16 pieces of extremely high-quality fish. If you’re not going all-in on the sushi, try to get a seat at the shabu shabu counter, because then you can order off both the shabu menu and the a la carte sushi one.
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The lines might be long at Ramen Tatsunoya, but this Pasadena ramen spot is worth the wait.
Fishwives in Pasadena is serving a lot of fish, but you should stick to the crab rolls if you’re in the area.
Oseyo Shabu Shabu
Part of Oseyo Shabu Shabu’s charm is that it’s always crowded - in addition to the Pasadena spot’s high-quality meats and seafood, of course.
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In a town that certainly knows its sushi, Sushi Park in West Hollywood is operating on a completely different level.
One of our favorite sushi spots in LA, where any level sushi eater can walk away thrilled.
Matsumoto is a high-end Beverly Grove sushi bar that offers one of LA’s essential omakase experiences.
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