Shin Sushi is exactly what you’re looking for in a once-a-year omakase spot - incredible, hard-to-find fish prepared in interesting ways, and a memorable experience that’ll last until the next time you want to spend more than $100 on sushi. Shin Sushi has as excellent of fish quality as you’ll find in LA. The chef - Take-san - will chat with you the whole time, ask you about your favorite football team, and offer his own predictions for the upcoming season. They only serve what’s in-season, like oysters with firefly shrimp Take-san says is only available three weeks a year, sea eel, and baby barracuda.
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