Sushi Mashiko – a hidden jewel in Culver City

Easy to miss...

Since my last post was sushi-related, let’s keep with the theme and talk about Sushi Mashiko.  One of Husband’s coworkers, Z, and his gf, D, are also food enthusiasts and when they heard me sobbing about how I couldn’t find a decent inexpensive sushi joint in the area, they invited us to Sushi Mashiko, their favorite joint.  Located in the Ralph’s shopping center on the corner of Jefferson and Overland, Sushi Mashiko is hidden in the back off to the side.  Frankly, if I had never heard of the place, I don’t think I would have ever noticed it.  And even if I did notice it, I probably would have forgotten about it…

When we walked in, it was a very small space but almost all the tables were filled.  There was an older gentleman working the sushi bar as chef and a lady (his wife?) working as waitress…a little mom n’ pop operation?  We were quickly seated and started filling out the order sheet – salmon, tuna, albacore, hamachi, tamago, scallops, oyster, clam, the whole 9 yards.  We also got an order of a special – black cod teriyaki.  Husband went for his usual teriyaki-style meat (chicken this time) and rice.

Platter o' fish

Egg n' Scallops with roe (tamago and kaibashira)

Chicken Teriyaki bowl

The sushi here was nice and fresh and we didn’t have to wait terribly long despite there only being one sushi chef.  I really especially liked the black cod teriyaki.  It was killer!  The cod was cooked to perfection and the flavor was delicious.  Even Husband tried a bite and thought it was tasty.  “It doesn’t taste fishy!”  Honey, good fresh fish should never taste “fishy”.  If it does, it’s not fresh.  I think this was the first time I had oyster nigiri.  Ah yes, slimy and salty goodness.  As for the surf clam, they cut slits into the meat.  At first, I wondered if it was because the clam was going to be tough (aka overcooked) but nope, it was just fine.  I guess maybe it was for decorative purposes?

Black Cod Teriyaki

Oysters (kaki)

Surf Clam (hokkigai)

Price wise, this was cheaper than Sushi Nozomi in Torrance and frankly, this was sort of what I was looking for when I was lamenting the lack of a Sushi n’ Joy-type joint in my vicinity.  While I think Nozomi offers up a better experience and a more interesting variety of fish, Mashiko is a location that offers up a casual, inexpensive and familiar sushi dining experience.  It’s a safe joint to bring friends and family to, especially if they aren’t as sushi-enthusiastic.

4 NOMs for Sushi Mashiko!

Sushi Mashiko
10726 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 280-0198
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