Ugly Roll Sushi

Review by: Dale Fine

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.

Directions & Hours

11:30am - 9pm
  • Monday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

What To Eat

Ugly Combo

Sushi II Combo


Ugly Roll Sushi Recipes


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