Sushi Iki

18663 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
818-343-3470
Critics' Pick
Sushi Iki

Kayvan Gabbay

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  • Tue.-Thur. 12-1:30 p.m., 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Fri. 12-1:30 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat. 5:30-9 p.m.; Sun. 5:30-8 p.m.
Sushi Iki (yes, pronounced like the word "icky") is a tiny Valley gem that only serves omakase at the sushi bar. Chef Eddie Okamoto's infectious laughter and witty sense of humor will make you feel right at home — and if you're lucky enough to snap a photo of him grinning mischievously while holding up a live 10-pound king crab, your Instagram followers will thank you. His fiendishly delicious signature dish is a halibut appetizer lovingly dubbed the United Nations: “Halibut from Spain, foie gras from Canada, caviar from Russia, black truffles from Italy, and I’m from Japan!” Okamoto jokes. The dish is his playful wink to surf and turf. You're in for a treat if Okamoto serves you ultra-rare exotic species such as heavenly akamutsu. Prime cuts of beyond-buttery super toro, yellowtail, live scallops and an incomparable kinmedai (golden eye snapper) might follow, depending on the season. - Besha Rodell

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