I've worked in downtown LA since the late 80's. I don't quite recall when I started going to this establishment, but whether it's lunchtime or dinner, if you don't stand in line prior to opening, you will be waiting for a seat. That said, the wait line is exemplary of the food and service at Sushi Gen. Set in a non-descript strip shopping center in Little Tokyo, the food is outstanding. Sushi (try to get a seat at the bar) is as good as anything in LA...plus the lighting and décor of the sushi bar is comparable to a Tokyo-style outlet...The menu is fairly traditional but does contain a good selection of 'Anglicized' dishes, for your Japanese food novices. But overall whether its sushi, sukiyaki, tempura, teriyaki or udon, Sushi Gen is a top choice in downtown LA....just remember about the wait!
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