Prior to sushi, the preferred method of consuming raw fish was joining an Olympic swim team, demanding all practices be held in the ocean, and convincing teammates a mouth funnel was a newfangled training device. Put in fewer strokes for food with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and Japanese fusion cuisine at Sushi Hiroba.
Sushi Hiroba sates appetites with a menu featuring an array of savory dishes and sushi made from fresh ingredients. Warm taste buds with a flame-kissed plate of fried calamari ($6), or take a walk on the raw side and sample fresh tuna sushi ($5 for two pieces). Specialty rolls span the gamut from the tuna-, salmon-, crab- and yellowtail-filled Panko Fiction roll ($13) to the Angry Birds Level 27 roll's daring blend of crab and roasted walnut topped with wasabi-mustard-coconut shrimp in a potato nest ($15). Sushi enthusiasts may also design their own rolls by selecting their favorite fish, toppings such as peanut-raisin slaw and caramelized onion, and condiments such as mango teriyaki and wasabi mustard. Cooked plates, such as Chilean sea bass with spicy lemon-garlic sauce ($27), are also available for those who prefer their meals, like their debates, thoroughly heated. Pair bites with Sushi Hiroba's wide selection of sakes, wines, and other beverages.
Sit at the kaiten sushi bar and watch weekly specials pass by on a conveyor belt as chefs prepare delectable portions, or hold culinary court in the patio, main dining room. A private upstairs banquet room with its own preset menu is also available. The Japanese lanterns and bamboo stalks are evocative of a traditional Japanese home, so patrons' eyes can feast as their stomachs are satisfied. Sushi Hiroba is located steps from Paramount Pictures studios, a short drive to Santa Monica Boulevard, and a significant distance from the Space Needle.