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Ugly Roll Sushi

11128 Palms Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA - (310) 837-8500
Posted By Dale Fine on 7/3/2009 11:49:00 PM
Hidden as it is in a nondescript strip mall in suburban West LA, you would most likely drive right by Ugly Roll Sushi without even realizing that it's there.

Ugly Roll Sushi is a relatively new sushi roll restaurant offering basic rolls, specialty rolls, and rolls that are downright "ugly"; in fact, the restaurant's trademark specialty roll is called the "Ugly Roll." The space itself is small, and although there are a few tables, the restaurant's business appears to be primarily takeout.

You can order traditional sushi here, but that's not what you want. The menu is limited, and does offer a few daily specials, but the best bargain on the menu is the Ugly Combo. The combo includes your choice of two basic sushi rolls, and a side of shrimp tempura. For a couple of dollars more, you can substitute a basic roll for one of their specialty rolls. I chose the shrimp tempura roll, a basic California roll topped with tempura shrimp.

The standout, however, is the Volcano Roll a baked California roll topped with scallops. The spicy mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce that covers this specialty roll provides harmonious balance. The shrimp and vegetable tempura that accompanies the combo is surprisingly light and crispy, although the watery, overly sweet sauce provided for dipping doesn't go very well with the tempura; but this is my only complaint.

For inexpensive sushi rolls that won't break the bank, Ugly Roll Sushi fits the bill.

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Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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For our Sushi II combo, my girlfriend chose salmon, tuna, and shrimp.
"For our Sushi II combo, my girlfriend chose salmon, tuna, and shrimp."
Cliff Strutz





This ugly combo features eel rolls and spicy salmon rolls.
"This ugly combo features eel rolls and spicy salmon rolls."
Cliff Strutz


That's shrimp tempura on the left (tempura vegetables are underneath), a shrimp tempura roll in the center, and a Volcano Roll on the right.
"That's shrimp tempura on the left (tempura vegetables are underneath), a shrimp tempura roll in the center, and a Volcano Roll on the right."
Dale Fine


The menu is limited.  The bargain of the bunch is the Ugly Combo.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"The menu is limited. The bargain of the bunch is the Ugly Combo. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Dale Fine


Ugly Roll is hidden in a nondescript strip mall; you're likely to drive by and not even realize that it's there.
"Ugly Roll is hidden in a nondescript strip mall; you're likely to drive by and not even realize that it's there."
Dale Fine



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