Japanese Restaurant Iwata
14423 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
One of the more traditional sushi spots along Ventura Blvd. in the Sherman Oaks area. Iwata is a small, cozy, no-cell phones allowed, all about the experience Japanese restaurant. If you are one of those people that prefers specialty rolls, this is not the place for you. Their menu is centralized around sushi and sashimi, offering you a very unique, authentic experience. The ambiance is that of a typical sushi joint; we took our seats along the sushi bar. Immediately we were approached by a waitress who presented us with a menu, warm moist towelettes, and bean sprout appetizers on the house. Nice! I’m a big fan of free appetizers, particularly when they taste good! I prefer to dip my bean sprouts into the wassabi-soy sauce mixture [after all both ingredients are there for a reason]. Having read a few reviews about this place earlier, we decided to order what they were known for best: sushi! There really is nothing better than the taste of fresh fish.
Edamame [it's not a sushi experience with a bowl of good, salted, boiled soybeans], 2 Spicy Tuna handrolls, albacore sushi, eel, and their famous spicy tuna atop of rice cracker. Albacore was fresh, soft and just the right touch of sweet in the sauce. Next I took a bite of the spicy tuna hand roll. It was wrapped well with just the right amount of ingredients inside [I hate it when hand rolls are too large]. It was so delicious; I knew we had come to the right place. I wanted more. I surveyed the rice cracker. Very appealing: fried rectangular rice cracker with a good portion of spicy tuna on top, served in a set of two pieces. It tasted ok. I wasn’t completely in awe about it. In fact, I wanted more of the hand roll, this time wrapped in soy paper. MMM. It was delicious. Tender. So full of flavor. Just right.
I am not a fan of eel; thus did not happen to try it. However it looked very appetizing.
We finished drinking our hot green tea while snacking on edamame, paid our bill [a bit high for what we ordered, but hey! the food was good] and left fully satisfied.