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Pennylane Sushi: good sushi
Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, which usually seems a bit sketchy especially when it comes to sushi. But the food is great and pretty inexpensive in comparison to other sushi restaurants. You can become a member and get your own chopsticks and food specials.
Penny Lane Sushi: Hole in the wall sushi joint... but best in town.
You will never find this place unless someone tells you about it. I've lived in Manhattan for 6 years now and just tried this place for the first time last week. It was a very pleasant suprise. I've seen it a couple times and even heard many people say how good it is, but for some reason I never gave it a chance... but now i'm glad i did. I'll need to try it a few more times but from my first visit i think it's the best sushi in Manhattan Beach.
It has a real local feel to it because they have a membership program whereby the frequent dinners get their own chopsticks and other benefits. Non-members like myself have to eat with the standard wood chopsticks. I think members get discounts too... but i'm not sure. I'll report back as soon as i earn member status... i'm on my way.
When people walk in everyone gives a shout out to "Jack"... i think he's one of the sushi chefs and probably the owner, but that is only speculation at this point.
It looks like it would be just a total hole in the wall type of a place.....but, once inside, it is ALWAYS packed and the food is delicious! Not much in the way of decor. Bright lights and a small sushi bar. There are no more than 6 tables in the whole restaurant. If you come often enough, you can become a member! :) This is a TOTAL local hangout and it would be rare to find someone here who doesn't live in the area. Everyone knows each other! Friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: You HAVE to get their house special. It's this appetizer dish that's always written up on the board. Seared ahi on a bed of lettuce w/ the house "special" sauce. YUMMY!!! Albacore here is excellent as well! :) Of course, you can't go wrong w/ any of the rolls. If you really want to get a bit more daring w/ fish, you can try the Spanish mackerel.
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