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sushi mac, los angeles, ca

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So if you’re a snobby sushi eater than Sushi Mac is not the place for you. However, if you’re a broke ass college student then haul ass over here. Where else can you get a no frills sushi meal for only $2.75 a plate?

When I was in college (do I sound ancient yet?) we went to Sushi Mac about once a week during my junior year. Back then we had to make the trek from UCLA to Sherman Oaks for our sushi fix. Back then the plates were $2.50 each! They got wise to their demographic and opened one not far from campus on Sawtelle near Olympic in the Ross shopping center about a year or so after I graduated. Nice timing, Sushi Mac. During a recent romp in LA I was stumped as to where to eat and decided on Sushi Mac – partly for the convenience, partly for the memories, mostly for the spicy mayo.

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First up for me: spicy tuna roll with spicy albacore. Yum and yum. This is probably mostly good because of the added mayo factor. It’s your run of the mill tuna mixed with the spicy mayo, rolled with a cucumber spear, and topped with cooked albacore that has more spicy mayo.

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This roll started my love affair with unagi. A regular ol’ California Roll (with imitation crab, avocado, etc) topped with broiled eel and eel sauce. No clue what the heck is in that eel sauce but whenever I order unagi, there it is. Hence: eel sauce.

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Don’t worry the spicy mayo train isn’t done yet. Shrimp tempura, radish, and cucumber rolled up in rice and tobiko topped with… more spicy mayo.

Again, this isn’t a fancy sushi place. It’s quick, easy, laid back, and cheap. The food is not exceptional but tasty nonetheless. Don’t let the price fool you – the stuff here is plenty good and plenty fresh. It takes me about 3 plates to get full. I’ve never seen anyone finish more than 5. There are 3 locations (that I know of) – Sherman Oaks on Ventura, Sawtelle & Olympic, and across the street from the Beverly Center. Honestly, for the price it can’t be beat. 4****

What the heck is in the spicy mayo? I *think* its mayo, tobiko, sriracha, and sesame oil (and maybe crack… or not). Just a guess.

Sushi Mac: 2222A Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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Written by joann

December 5, 2007 at 12:19 am

Posted in japanese, socal

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