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Open since 2003, West Los Angeles’ Sushi Central serves many function. They’re a sushi bar of course, plus a full-fledged restaurant with more expansive Japanese offerings. Sushi Central is also a catering operation, and chef Phillip Yi has been known to offer classes in sushi preparation and sake pairing. He’s a good man to learn from, considering his past as a television cooking show champion, triumphing over Bobby Flay on his television show Throwdown With Bobby Flay. Locals fawn over the gyoza and tempura-battered spicy tuna, while spider rolls and toro remain popular as well. To truly taste chef Yi’s intentions, go for the chef’s choice omakase menu, which is seemingly endless. The strip mall storefront offers a BYOB policy with no corkage fee, but is closed on Sundays.