Misofishy is a wonderful little neighborhood hangout, sushi bar and restaurant at 1928 Lincoln Boulevard, just South of Pico Boulevard. They deliver, but with the warm welcome you receive from the chefs, the waitresses or the owner, you really should make the trip to eat there.
The place is quickly becoming popular, offering great selections of salmon, yellow tail, tuna and albacore. The bar is comfortable and social, but if you’d like something a little more private, the tables are surrounded by an ambiance that is both calming and inviting.
Their happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., features $2.50 domestic and imported bottles or 12 oz. draft beers; $5 hot or cold large premium house sake; and $5 house red or white wines. This happy hour is such a great deal that if you don’t get there early enough, you might not find a seat. It isn’t uncommon for Misofishy to be full by 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Don’t rush your order: Take the time to try something new at a place like this. Misofishy has everything from great soups, bowls, pastas, salads and rolls of every kind. There are baked rolls, deep-fried rolls, hand rolls, tempura rolls and fresh rolls. But if you aren’t into all that, Misofishy also has steaks, pastas and other familiar food.s
In order to properly review the menu’s choices, which caters to those who know their sushi and for those who don’t, order some edamame first to give you something to chew on while you carefully make your selection. And don’t be afraid to ask the chef, waitress or anyone else for recommendations. With the multitude of options at Misofishy, you might need some advice on the specialties.
Order the Green Apple, and you’ll be presented with a piece of edible art. What appears to be a shiny-green apple, hides fresh seasoned and seared albacore tuna, stuffed inside a whole avocado, and covered in house eel sauce.
For something less adventurous, but still wildly delicious and pleasing to the eye, order the Caterpillar or Dragon rolls. Both feature cucumber and avocado, but the caterpillar has crab and the dragon has freshwater eel.
But describing what these dishes are made of is like describing a sculpture as a simple chunk of stone. Both of these dishes are carefully prepared to visually resemble the creatures for which they are named.
The Baked Salmon Roll is also amazing, featuring crab and avocado draped with salmon, smelts eggs and scallions. Two wildly popular orders are the Santa Monica Roll and the Fire Cracker. My waitress recommended I try the Amigos Roll, which features shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and cucumber around spicy tuna and albacore. I’m glad she did.
Perhaps the best aspect of this establishment is the inviting and wonderful hosting skills of the owner, Steve Choi. Not only will Choi talk to you about anything, he’ll give you insights stemming from his passionate love for the culinary arts. He has a contagious appreciation for good fish, small samples of which he sometimes shares with lucky customers along with a thorough description about how it was prepared.
Steve’s welcoming attitude goes a long way to make the restaurant a fun neighborhood hangout. It’s a great place for young professionals and families to get some good sushi at a price that won’t break your wallet.
Misofishy, 1928 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405-1315
310-396-4037, Coming Soon – www.misofishy.com
Monday through Thursday: 1:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri: 1:30 am 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday through Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m