The staff is upbeat, and the room is attractively minimal in design, but what really stands out here is the adoration of this little sushi-ya’s devoted clientele. Sushi Daizen is one of the only places in the area that offers omakase and the mood is light and engaging as everyone digs in, with options to add sashimi or a small list of à la carte pieces.
Start your meal with a cool appetizer of enoki mushrooms in soy and dashi broth, or crisp green beans over creamy tofu. The sushi course presents a progression of neatly trimmed, hand-formed morsels of fish. Highlights include excellent poached tiger shrimp, Santa Barbara sea urchin and kawa kawa from Japan. The fatty tuna hand roll, tucked with scallions for a delicious pop, is a perfect finale.