Like many of the better sushi places in Los Angeles, Hamasaku is in a completely unassuming strip mall with a decidedly unassuming sign outside. You wouldn't be surprised if it was $4 sushi inside from the exterior, instead of a decidedly modern-yet-classy experience inside.
Highlights were an amazing spicy tuna taco, some unusually good lobster-topped crispy rice, and the DJ spider roll, which was topped with baked lobster that was an incredibly good counterpart to the temperature and taste of the rest of the roll.
Not to be outdone, the salmon roll was superb as well. The salmon nigiri was also excellent, but oddly this time the salmon roll was the better tasting item. (although throw in the 30% off BBE coupon we had, and holy crap, both were amazing). Not to be outdone, the cod "kara age" was also very good, about as close as I expect to get to Koya Bar's fish and chips on this side of the Atlantic.
Not everything was great-- the ahi poke was completely forgettable, and while the Rick Castle roll was good, it wasn't particularly memorable. The NFL roll (cucumber wrap) was tasty but didn't stand out either.
In the meantime, James and Grace had yet to go to Diddy Riese, so that took care of our dessert plans!