While the previous to-go experience from Sushi Hide was good, it was immediately obvious that dine-in was necessary for the full experience.
Even outside in a tent, from the sake to the presentation of the fish cake in the soup, the quality was immediately obvious. The golden eye snapper may not quite have been up to Sushi Tsujita's standards, but the king mackerel and the regular mackerel-- the latter carefully braided just like the last time-- were delicious. Barracuda and ama ebi (live sweet shrimp) were additional highlights, and the uni and ikura was extremely high quality. The whole meal was superb.
Thought the perfectly done tamago would be enough to cap off the meal, but when the wait staff came out to ask about more, the fact that the table behind me had mentioned snow crab a few minutes earlier compelled me to order three more pieces. Chef Hide-san brought out his choice per my request, seared toro, the very short season hotaru ika (firefly squid), and yes, snow crab. All were worthy additions, although I will be honest, I don't wax lyrical about hotaru ika like some do. Still, t'was glad I got to try it this season!
And the unassuming snow crab was definitely tastiest of the additional pieces. Worth ordering if you have the chance.
The real kicker... this was not only vasty superior in quality to yesterday's meal, it was actually cheaper. o_0
Decided to make one more stop in Little Tokyo, the new Slices USA location across the street. Much like last night's finish, this was also quite disappointing, even if you considered the price. A super generic pan pizza with poor quality cheese (unsure if poor quality or just poor quantity), and a load of very thin pepperoni slices that didn't tasty like very much.