Sushi Nozawa is closing on February 29th after 24 years in Studio City. Allegedly designated as the “Sushi Nazi” by his admirers and detractors, Kazunori Nozawa is known for claiming daily fishmarket dibs at the crack of dawn and eschewing all pandering and pollution in serving his omakase.
Nozawa will continue to oversee his rapidly proliferating prix fixeSugarfish sushi bars. But his craftsmanship and comportment will be sorely missed in their dining rooms. Nozawa’s imperious service instantly separated vexatious vulgarians and fastidious foodies from discerning and diligent disciples. Time and again I saw Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street mavens reduced to solicitous timidity at his sushi counter. My favorite vegetarian relinquished a life-long, second-generation herbivorous scruples and eagerly embraced the ingestion of flesh upon her first exposure to Nozawa’s handiwork. So long, Chef Nozawa. I regret your departure, but hope and trust you to enjoy your hard earned retirement.