Hiroyuki Naruke’s omakase experience is on another level from the second you enter Q’s doors. Classical music drifts through the refined space, a formal and tasteful dining room that’s home to a handful of tables and the real showstopper, a 10-seat sushi bar where chef Naruke quietly steals the spotlight. It’s hard to say which is more of a treat: the expertly cut fish sourced from around the world, or chef’s artful precision of a one-man show. Q focuses on Naruke’s edomae sushi, a style that highlights vinegar-seasoned rice and high-quality, fresh cuts of fish, and at Q’s dinner omakase—at $300 per person—you’ll also receive a smattering of Japanese small plates, such as torched toro with shishito relish. Of course, if you’re not up for the dinner splurge, Q offers a lunch omakase, too, for $125. Whichever option you pick, day or night, just be sure to make a reservation.
Ask which city has the best sushi in the country, and any toro fiend will tell you: L.A., obviously. In Valley strip malls, Little Tokyo plazas and swanky Beverly Hills dining rooms, you’ll find some of the freshest fish in town perfected by sushi chefs who’ve practiced their craft for years. Often, this isn’t an inexpensive indulgence, though there are some affordable options around the city (after all these years, it’s still hard to beat Sushi Gen’s $23 sashimi lunch special). Still, exploring these Japanese restaurants and sushi bars is more than worth the splurge; for top-notch cuts of mackerel, fatty tuna, salmon and more, check out our favorite sushi in Los Angeles.