Restaurant Spotlight: Sushi Note

Affordable wine pairings and omakase in Los Angeles

Restaurant Spotlight: Sushi Note
Among the items on Sushi Note's customizable menu is black cod with soy sauce, mirin, sake, ginger and lemon. (Jakob Layman)
Sep 24, 2020

In the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, Sushi Note offers standout omakase with a superior wine focus. When COVID-19 shuttered restaurants worldwide, Sushi Note began offering an abbreviated version of its menu for takeaway. While continuing that takeaway program, the restaurant has since been able to welcome guests once again with alfresco service, available at tables in front of the restaurant and in an expanded sidewalk space.

On chef Kiminobu Saito’s menu, guests can order “notes,” which are set samplers of dishes ranging from $40 to the “full note” for $90, a relative value for omakase. An à-la-carte menu features sashimi and hand rolls. At 95 selections, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence–winning wine list crafted by wine director Andrew Pattison highlights fish-friendly wines with pairings that show that sushi can be enjoyed with more than just beer and sake. Starting at $50, the wine pairings are customizable and feature a wide range of cool-climate white wines from France and Austria. California is the strongest region on the list, rounded out by picks from Italy, South Africa, New Zealand and Germany.

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