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Sushi Kimagure Ike

220 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Sushi Kimagure Ike

Photo: Garret Snyder


  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Required
Sushi Kimagure Ike is a hidden shop in Old Pasadena that's so close to the Metro tracks you might initially confuse it with a ticket office. Chef Ike is a reserved man with something approaching a cult following — he is more at ease in this humble space than at a celebrity hot spot. But here the toro still melts like slices of aged rib-eye, and the grilled octopus — a crowd favorite — still has any trace of chewiness massaged out, rendering it as smooth and tender as the firmest tofu. Ike is a good man to develop a rapport with — aim to differentiate yourself from the Kevin Federline and Heidi Montag types who used to pop up at Sushi Ike and you'll be dutifully rewarded.

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