Food Porn Friday | Sushi Gen | Los Angeles

Friday, April 06, 2012


I seriously need to get on Yelp y’all.
 Can’t tell ya how many times I rely on that sucker to map out my next meal.
When I’m feeling sharp hunger pains, I open the app.
When I’m on vacay, I open the app.
When I’m working in LA, en route to meet clients, or even lounging in and around my own hood, I open the app. I have such confidence in Yelp that I’ll rely solely on high star ratings without reading any reviews and happily shell out a couple hundred bucks for dinner if users say its 4.5 stars and above. Has Yelp ever done did me wrong? 

Hell mo-fo’in YES! I rarely ever outwardly dis an establishment on the blog…ok maybe ONE time (hello, remember Season’s 52? Egads!)…but I gotta set the record straight concerning the HIGHEST rated sushi joint in Downtown LA, Sushi Gen, so y’all are in the know.

Spicy Tuna Tsumami (above): The meal's only saving grace and this was our first dish...lucky bastards...saved the establishment from a negative star rating...Fresh and savory with bits of masago mixed right in. But c'mon, who the eff charges for ginger??? Oh, I know...Sushi Gen. Cheap bastards!


Miso-marinated Black Cod: I don't think anyone can mess cod up. Buttery fat oozing from it's pores...juicy and well portioned...here's where it starts getting baaaaaaddd....


Sweet raw shrimp "Amaebi" with fried heads...The shrimp was super-duper fishy, tough, and lacked the sugary sweetness usually found in sushi-grade shrimp...the heads seem to have been deep fried in week-old oil...you know how sometimes you can "taste" the used oil that's been recycled from tempura to "crunchy rolls" and now to shrimp? Yup, that's what it tasted like...grossnage!


Assorted sushi: Toro, yellowtail, salmon, octopus, amberjack, uni, and clam...An EPIC FAIL!!! Dude, the sushi came out room temperature (Travesty!), they charged (again!) for extra ginger, and uni like this (fishy, old, and grainy) is the number one reason I used to abhor uni in the first place. Ikko (in Costa Mesa) is the singular reason I learned to lalalallaLOVE it (See here for how it's supposed to be done). Note: I rarely order sushi...The boy and I are sashimi peeps, low-carb style, very LA I know, except they wouldn't break up the standard sashimi order (7 pieces per) so we had to get sushi instead. Rules, schmules!


Sushi Gen was the pre-game meal...immediately dashed over to Staples Center to see Lakers beat PDX Trailblazers that night. Nothing like a hot, sweaty Kobe to whet my appetite again after a horrendous early dinner. Thank god for parmesan garlic fries! A DEF must when you're out at Staples.


{Vintage faux fur jacket, thrifted sweater, Banana Republic necklace, vintage belt, Forever 21 floral denim (on heavy rotation these days, those barely-there florals are perfect for spring!), Jeffrey Campbell Daisy D wedges}

Y’all don’t wanna mess with me when I’m hangry (hungry>angry…my new FAVE word, thanks Jess!) but I gotta say, my first written review on Yelp will be a copy and paste, word-for-word document of this exact post! Don’t be fooled by their crowded parking lot, their line around the corner, or their 4.5 star Yelp review dude. Sushi Gen gets a measly 1 star markup in my Yelp book. +1 for holding my table as we were running 12 minutes late. Can’t say it’s all bad, right?

Rest assured, there's TONS of fabulous eats in LA! 
Mosey on over to my FAVE picks HERE and eat your heart out hunnies!
Hope y'all celebrate a splendid Easter Weekend!

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44 comments

  1. that sushi looks AMAZING!

    p.s. thanks for the lovely comment on ThankFifi.x

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  2. Delicious!

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  3. Oh, those dishes look divine x You're so pretty, nice necklace and really gorgeous look!

    x Satu

    Indie by Heart

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  4. All of that food looks so delicious! My stomach is grumbling! I love those pants you wore as well! They look beautiful!
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  5. Heading off to lunch now! This post is making drool! Food looks amazing!

    Thanks for supporting Pirate Hart!

    xo,

    Pirate Hart
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  6. those pants are AWESOME!

    xxx
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  7. oh my gosh heard all about sushi gen but yeah, sometimes you have to take Yelp reviews with a grain of salt. My all time favorite sushi bar is Taiko in Irvine! They NEVER fail me and I think I have high sushi standards. Have you been?? I've been meaning to try Ikko too.

    I love your necklace and pants :)

    xo Stephanie
    HONEY & SILK

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  8. Food looks amazing! Love those red jeans!

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  9. Wow the photos of the food looks so deceiving! I'll definitely never go there despite how hungry this just made me.. haha. On the other hand, you look amazing!

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  10. I haven't had sushi in a long time

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  11. I love Japanese & the Miso-marinated Black Cod looks so inviting! Enjoy your weekend, dear!

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  12. Great pictures and lovely style.

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  13. everything looked so deliciouss!!

    thanks for the sweet comments and come visit us again.

    xx

    selvia
    http://am2pmchic.blogspot.com/

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  14. Nice! I love some good sushi. And that sweater is beautiful :)

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  15. The food looks amazing! Plus I love your pants!
    I hope you are having a fantastic Easter weekend!

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  16. I'm surprised you haven't been on Yelp already with all your awesome food photos! Sorry to hear you had an awful experience at that sushi place. Thanks for stopping by my blog too hun! =)

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  17. Gorgeous outfit! I hate it when you're expecting so much from a restaurant and... it just doesn't deliver. What a let down! :(

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  18. Love what you wore and the food looks lovely! <3<3

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  19. Your style is sick. Love the blog.
    http://halielandry.blogspot.com/

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  20. I SERIOUSLY need to check out that app...would be perfect for me! :D All that food looks too good to be true..love your outfit too, very stylish!! :)

    Much love, gabriele. xx

    P.s- would you like to follow each other on bloglovin'? I just made an account!:)

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  21. You look stunning, I adore your fur coat, very elegant <3
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  22. Yum this looks amazing! Love that oufit of yours too, the fuzzy sweater is so pretty!

    Alexandra xo

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  23. love jeans are amazing! i remember seeing them at Forever 21, I should have got them

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  24. They charged for ginger?? Who does that!! Well at least you looked great and had a nice time at the game! Hope your Easter was good!

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  25. That is some serious food porn...making me really hungry!

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  26. These photographs are so gorgeously captured! Thank you for sharing your experience (ableit it was a bad one) - when in CA I'll avoid Sushi Gen!

    xo Georgina

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  27. You definitely need to be a yelpster! Oh I'm the same way when I am "Hangry" what a great word..haha! I become someone else like the Sneaker bar commercial!

    Love the vintage jacket on you!

    XOXO
    Shels
    http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

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  28. That miso marinated cod looks delish!

    -Shelly

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  29. You won me over with the sweater. I love all things fuzzy!

    xoxo,

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  30. That foood looks amazinng <3 Im hungry now :D

    love your outfit girl :) you are very pretty ;) thanks for following me, follow you too :*

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  31. whoah that sushi is soooooo jumping out of my computer and wanting me to eat it lol. Thanks for making me hungry. Love your outfit in the photos above, so gorg! xO!
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  32. seriously drooling right now! love all your pics and you look great in that outfit!

    thanks for leaving love on my blog. i really appreciate it! come back soon~

    xx,
    grace

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  33. Sad to hear the food wasn't that great! Super cute outfit tho! Love your pants and turquoise ring!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  34. Ugghh the food looks soooo yummyyy! I sosososo love ur JC wedges!

    - True

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  35. I love your blog you have such amazing style! Thanks for coming to visit me over at NeverNakedblog.com :)

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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