Totoyama Sushi & Ramen is the latest and hottest restaurant to hit one of the most famous blocks in Hollywood. Since June 2018, this authentic Japanese restaurant has been drawing thousands of Japanese food lovers in to taste Chef Yukinari Yamamoto‘s creations. Chef has poured his passion and heart into his newest restaurant, introducing guests to Aburi Sushi in a classic Japanese dining setting. I welcome you to Totoyama, the best new, authentic and affordable restaurant for Sushi and Ramen in Hollywood.
Totoyama is located on Hollywood Blvd, in the heart of where old time players, Pantages Theatre, Avalon, Paladium and W Hotel, has been for years. This exciting new addition brings joy to many foodies in Los Angeles’ hearts, especially those that love Sushi. A very convenient and delicious option to dine before catching a show at the Pantages or a night out in Hollywood!
I think we can all agree that cuisines from every culture, every grandma’s kitchen is a form of art. Sushi, as many can agree, is one of the highest form of culinary art in Japan. It has brilliant and meticulous traditions that have been passed down pridefully by chefs through generations in history.
Some aspiring Sushi Chefs in Japan train over three years to even be allowed to prepare the rice of the sushi. And many more years of training before they have a hand in preparing the seafood.
Totoyama is Backed by a Chef with Over 30 Years of Experience from Japan
Chef Yamamoto has had over 30 years experience in learning the expertise of picking out the very best fish, preparing Sushi, working in traditional Japanese Kitchens and the restaurant business. He was born in Tochigi, Japan where he began his experience in a restaurant in 1988 by washing and cleaning. This is very standard for any aspiring chef in Japan. He has opened and oversaw over 200 restaurants at his prime (including my motherland of Taiwan) and also focused on Marketing Strategy. Besides serving as a Chef, he has traveled extensively throughout Asia to train other Sushi Chefs in this special niche. Since moving to the US about 15 years ago, he opened Nasuyuki in Koreatown, LA in 2015 and now Totoyama being the newest addition.
While the uppity, posh ambiance of other Sushi restaurants in Hollywood and the rest of West LA brings in those that want to be seen with a mediocre sushi menu, I prefer authentic Japanese restaurants with better quality sushi.
Japanese BBQ at Totoyama
Introducing a Classic Japanese Style: Aburi Sushi
Aburi translates to “flame seared” in Japanese. When flame is slightly applied to sushi, the heat alters the sushi’s flavor and enhances the fish texture to create an escalated sushi experience. That is what stands out most about the sushi at Totoyama.
As many sushi lovers know, half the taste of the sushi is the preparation of the rice.
The combination of aburi-style sushi consists of “Shari”, perfectly seasoned rice, a thin slice of fresh fish/seafood. It is then topped with Chef Yamamoto’s secret signature sauces.
You might have certain expectations when it comes to what you think sushi will taste like. But their Aburi combines everything one loves about sushi and more. Chef Yukinari Yamamoto has a vision to introduce Los Angeles to a new delicious style of eating sushi. Be sure to say hello and raise a glass to one of the friendliest Sushi Chefs in LA when you visit!
Don’t Leave without tasting the Totoyama Ramen!
The Classic Kyushu Tonkotsu Ramen is a Totoyama special ramen that is creamy and milky. Cooked by boiling pork bones for hours. It is then topped with freshly made Chili Paste, seasoned Soft Boiled Egg, Chashu Pork, Bean Sprouts, Wood Ear Mushrooms, Scallions, Menma and string Red Pepper.
Japanese Dessert Time!
Totoyama Sushi and Ramen Happy Hour!
Come in to taste the fresh sushi, seafood catch of the day, tempura, pork cutlets, ramen, sake and beer at affordable prices! Lunch specials are available everyday. Happy Hour menus available from 4-7pm and a late night happy hour 10pm – closing!
Totoyama offers 2 hour parking validation underground off Argyle Street. (Or get off the Hollywood & Vine Metro as it’s right across the street!)