Sushi Stop recently opened its doors on Sawtelle in a space that looks attractive, if a little bright. But in a quick visit that didn't result in us staying there to eat, none of the stern chefs yelled "Irasshaimase!" when we came in, a dishrag was idling on the counter where we entertained the thought of eating, and scarily, everything (EVERYTHING) on the menu is priced at just $2.50. That includes mini bowls of udon, teriyaki, eel avocado rolls, baked green mussels, blue crab handrolls, and its well-touted flame-seared, caviar-topped salmon belly. Don't get us wrong, we love to eat cheaply and the restaurant promises fresh daily deliveries of seafood. But if there's one thing we've learned about where to spend a little more, it's with sushi, where you typically get what you pay for when paying less. We'd love to be proven wrong, but until someone braver than us gives it a shot, we'll pine for the days when Sasabune ruled the raw fish scene on this great eating street. Anyway, if you're not opposed, check out the restaurant's website.
Sushi Stop, 2053 Sawtelle Blvd. West L.A. 310-473-3999.