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Known for its power lunch prowess and celebrity pull, Hamasaku has maintained its popularity with a solid, steadfast sushi program on the westside. A relatively recent renovation lightened up the once-dim space with warm wood panels and clean lines. The menu features a selection of skewers and small plates to start, but sushi and sashimi are the real stars here. Omakase options range from $55-$75, and with chef Yoya Takashi at the helm, you're in good hands. Barracuda, snapper, big eye tuna and more are all available, but Hamasaku is also known for its shirako—cod milt, that is, or in more descriptive terms, cod sperm. It's a creamy delicacy that's only weird when you think about it too much. Don't be weird about it.
11043 Santa Monica Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm Lunch, 5pm-10pm Dinner; Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm|
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