Sushi snobs may turn up their noses at this popular dish—as they do at many creative rolls (don’t even ask for it at Sasabune or other omakase spots). Let’s be honest, though, when you crave sushi, nothing quite satisfies like Spicy Tuna. You’d think the recipe would be simple enough: a little toro or ahi, a little wasabi, a little rice. But, all Spicy Tuna rolls are not created equally. Just ask anyone who makes his or her favorite spicy tuna, and you will get nearly as many answers as there are mouths. Still, in a city filled with sushi, there are some sure things. Here’s a Haute 5:
1 Hama Sushi
Serious about sushi? Then you want to make the trek downtown to Little Tokyo, where you’re guaranteed to get an authentic experience. Tiny Hama Sushi, in the heart of it all, gets many raves for the spicy tuna hand roll (even raves from people who don’t like spicy tuna!), though Komasa, Sushi Gen and Frying Fish are also favorites here.