Now that we have your attention, we’d like to introduce your new favorite little sushi bar on the shore: Sushi at Sunset, open as of today off Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Here’s how this little sushi fest will play out. Come some night in the near future, escort your date into the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. (Stay with us here.) Stride confidently through the lobby toward Ocean & Vine restaurant, where the new sushi bar awaits. And behind the man delicately slicing your yellowtail, you’ll see nothing but sand and sea. Well, that and a ferris wheel and some tourists on a pier.
You’ll want to order the Sunset Tuna Roll, topped with a Japanese almond-lemon butter sauce. Or if you’re feeling more daring, go for the Santa Monica Fog: when the lid comes off the bamboo basket in front of you, the tuna, avocado and shrimp roll is unveiled under a puff of liquid nitrogen smoke. (That would be the fog.)
And if you are adamantly opposed to any glass between you and the beach, you can also get the Sushi at Sunset menu at a table at the edge of the hotel’s pool deck.
Note: the fog here is actual fog.