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, and there’s only one thing on the food menu - a $300 sushi omakase experience. That said, every morsel was absolutely overnighted from Japan or perhaps Santa Barbara, and 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 an irrational fear of uni.
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 the meal itself will not be quite as life-changing as places like Sushi Park, Nobu, or Go’s Mart. We would only recommend coming here if you’re working your way through an omakase bucket list, and have a committed appreciation for outstanding, simple fish.
This is the only 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 sashimi dishes, and then piece after piece of sushi ranging from bluefin tuna to sardine to trout, and most likely, some uni at the end.