As sushi fans we are always looking for good sushi at affordable prices. We have been long time customers of Sushi Stop from back in the day when they had only one tiny outlet on Sawtelle.
They now have six, four of them on Sawtelle, one in Hollywood and another in Pasadena. We attribute their success to quality seafood and a $2.95 price point for most rolls.
A rich miso soup, at $1.60 a bowl, does not skimp on the miso. It’s a soothing, warm, velvety, healthy broth dotted with scallions, seaweed and a few tofu squares.
While the crunchy seaweed salad pops with the delightful essence of the ocean.
Besides the menu, there are specials listed on the wall with slightly higher prices.
A pen and order form list the offerings and we simply place check marks or the number of orders we want next to chosen dishes.
The seared peppered tuna is super fresh and meaty, seared at the very edge only. We roll them up, capturing the onion and sesame seeds, then consume the little ponzu marinated packages.
Specialty rolls also come in at $2.95 per plate and we definitely have our favorites.
The dynamite roll conceals a California roll under baby scallops in a rich sauce quickly broiled and presented still bubbling. The hot, creamy topping is a memorable contrast to the cool inside out crab and avocado roll underneath.
A shrimp tempura roll pairs crisp, batter encased shrimp with cucumber and avocado, then drizzles everything in sweet eel sauce.
Under the appetizer section are spicy albacore tartare, fried wonton skins with spicy tuna, avocado, onion slivers, sesame seeds and a serious splattering of spicy Sriracha mayo for one crunchy, smooth, spicy bite.
The Las Vegas roll is artistically playful, with eel and cucumber beneath spicy tuna and architecturally stunning fried lotus root wheels, smeared with eel sauce. Another attractive and flavor packed combination.
Desserts also fall under the $2.95 price point making them a no brainer.
Being near UCLA, there is usually a wait at peak meal times, but we were seated immediately at 5 PM on Saturday night. Be aware that it is a cash only establishment, but with these prices the bill is usually manageable, plus there is an ATM on the premises. For affordable sushi in a lively environment, Sushi Stop is a great choice that we frequent when the mood strikes.
SushiStop, 2222 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone – 310-479-1222 web site – sushistopusa.com
SushiStop, 2053 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone – 310-473-3999
SushiStop Izakaya, 2218 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone – 310-479-1001
New Japan by SushiStop, 11283 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone – 310-477-0557
SushiStop, 5917 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone – 323-468-2496
SushiStop, 58 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone – 626-405-1518