3179 Los Feliz Blvd.
Atwater Village, CA 90039
Parking: 2 hr. limit for metered street parking or free parking in the ‘hood
Days: Daily (except for holidays and Valentine’s Day (damn, this would be a great Valentine’s Day Happy Hour!)
Drink Deals: Hot Sake and Sapporo for $2; Cold Sake and House Red, White and Plum Wines for $4; Pomegranate Wine for $5
Food Deals: Lots of small plates and Sushi Rolls from $2-8
5th time was a charm for Kuma Sushi – seriously, I had tried to visit their Happy Hour no less than 4 times when somewhat minor and somewhat major emergencies took precedence and I had to ditch Happy Hour plans – most notably a very flooded Happy Hour Tour HQ (fret not, all is well now). JG and I finally broke the curse on a January Saturday mini-Happy Hour Tour in Atwater Village where we sandwiched a stop at Kuma Sushi between visiting the darling adoptable kitties at Santé D’or (we washed our hands for HH, ok?) and our 2nd stop at Bigfoot Lodge.
Modern Stylings inside Kuma Sushi
Kuma Sushi features a pretty rad daily Happy Hour, from 3-7pm with drinks from $2-5 and bites from $2-8. The space is very appealing and open with pretty natural light from that beautiful stretch of Los Feliz Blvd. and dark wood furnishings. The soundtrack during our visit was a great low-key indie mix; I recall a little Spoon and Arcade Fire.
Top Row: Edamame ($3), Crunchy Roll ($8)
Middle Row: Salmon Roll ($4), Albacore Scallion Roll ($4)
Bottom Row: Cucumber Salad ($3)
The drinks and bites were a-ok too. For our liquids, JG ordered a $2 Hot Sake (which I poured for luck!) and I went with two $2 Sapporo drafts – served in a decent size glass for $2. We shared a mix and match of edibles - $3 Edamame, $3 Cucumber Salad, $4 Salmon Roll, $5 Albacore Scallion Roll, and the $8 Crunchy Roll. Being a child of the Midwest, I like my sushi fried, what can I say? The $8 Crunchy Roll delivered on the fried front with shrimp tempura, crab, spicy tuna, and salmon with soy paper. Yum!
Sake it to me, baby! Hot Sake ($2)
Overall, Kuma Sushi is a great dinner and dinner-date Happy Hour, but it’s definitely more a restaurant than a bar. Not that we’re complaining; we love a 2-person dinner bill under $35 as much as the next Angeleno on a budget! Just don’t go expecting to meet your new best friend, Secret Agent Lover Man, etc. Save that for Bigfoot Lodge!
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Rating: 4 Martinis