The Sushi Don special combo meal with spicy tuna roll
As much as I love sushi, I feared I would never find a sushi restaurant in L.A. that could fall under the “Cheap Eats” category…until I discovered Sushi Don in Valley Village.
Sushi Don benefits from getting its fish from its sister restaurant, Sasabune in West L.A. Unlike many lower-priced sushi joints, Sushi Don actually serves high-quality fish, and they are able to do so by piggybacking the deliveries made to the much pricier Sasabune.
The décor, as you would expect, is minimal, but the restaurant is still clean and comfortable for a quick meal.
The all-day specials* here are out of this world. You can get five pieces of sushi, your choice of miso soup or a salad, and your pick from a variety of mouth-watering rolls for just $9.95 (see picture). An outstanding price for great sushi, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere else in Los Angeles.
For four dollars more ($13.95) you can switch up the combo meal, substituting one of their fantastic donburi options (your choice of fish on top of a bowl of piping hot steamed rice, topped with sesame seeds) for the sushi roll.
And if you’re a true a la carte sushi lover, you still can’t beat Sushi Don’s prices. A spicy tuna roll will run you just $4.50, and two pieces of salmon nigiri can be had for only $3.50!
Their version of miso soup was good but not outstanding, so I would probably opt for the salad on my next trip. The sushi isn’t cut in overly large pieces, which makes for a much easier meal, and the fish tastes very fresh - delicious. The yellowtail sushi is scrumptious, topped with a tiny sliver of lemon that adds a wonderful zing, and the spicy tuna has a rich flavor without being overpowering. Overall, Sushi Don is an excellent option for the sushi lover on a budget.
4816 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
*These prices are applicable all day, every day, from 11:30am until 8:30pm, so you don’t have to worry about rushing over during your lunch break to catch the deals.