Q Sushi is a very traditional, omakase-only restaurant that’s different from the 17 million other sushi restaurants in LA. Instead of a strip mall location, this place is on a busy stretch of 7th St. in DTLA, and instead of Robert Downey Jr. wearing sweatpants in the corner, you’ll find businesspeople in suits and couples on anniversary dates. You’ll also find incredibly high-end fish. Q sushi is ideal for when you want a big-time sushi experience involving simple cuts - not shrimp heads or still-moving scallops.
The windowless room is quiet, calm, and pretty fancy. There are a couple of tables up front before you reach the 10-seat sushi bar - which is where you’ll want to be sitting. Just one guy works behind the counter, slicing fish, patting rice, and handing you piece after piece of sushi. Overall, this place creates the impression that you’ve broken the space-time continuum and somehow ended up in a sushi bar in Tokyo.
Dinner at Q requires some planning and emptying out your Mr. T piggy bank. There are only two seatings a night, where you have two menus to choose from - a $165 option or a $200 option. If you’d like to try an even more premium menu, you have to give 48 hours advance notice, most likely so they can go and select the perfect fish out of the ocean just for you. You can also have a bit of a say in your meal here (if you want it) - the quiet, friendly chef is happy to accommodate your irrational fear of uni.
The only advantage of the pricier (Tsubaki) menu is an extra plate of toro - we’d just go with the entry-level (Kaede) menu. You’ll end up eating around 19 well-paced courses of high-quality fish that might not have been plucked from the ocean with you in mind, but was probably overnighted from a fish market in Japan.
Q is a worthy stop on your mission to conquer as much of LA’s great sushi as possible. It’s a huge step up from your neighborhood go-to, although not quite as life-changing as places like Sushi Park, Nobu, or Go’s Mart. Come here first for outstanding, simple fish - then go to those once you’re ready for shrimp heads.
This is the entry-level, $165 option at Q Sushi, which includes 19 or so courses of sashimi and sushi. What particular fish you get depends on what’s at the market, but expect an oyster to start, three or so sashimis, and then piece after piece of sushi ranging from bluefin tuna to sardine to trout, and most likely, some uni at the end.