Looking for a really good sushi experience~~
I just had a baby and am dying for excellent sushi since I wasn't able to eat any during my pregnancy. The hubby and I love Sushi Gen in J-Town but we'd like to try a new place - somewhere with excellent service and costs around or under $200 for 2 ppl. Any suggestions?
R-23 downtown is a great place to treat yourself. Start with the Dungeness crab salad (dressing on the side, they're too heavy-handed with it), one of the lobster tempura or the yellowtail carpaccio w/assorted caviars, and proceed to whatever sushi floats your boat, but definitely including the best albacore in town.
Good choices on the Westside with an emphasis on service/special occasion would be Kiriko on Sawtelle just N. of Olympic and the Hump at the SM Airport -- an unusual location but fun.
Less service-oriented but high-quality in terms of fish would be Sasabune at Wilshire and McClellan. A good choice in the Valley is Asanebo, where you can have a lovely omakase.
Some are fond of Echigo, Matsuhisa, Mori, or Nishimura -- not I.
The Dungeness crab salad at R-23 is wonderful, but this is not crab season. I've never been impressed with the sushi at Asanebo; I think they're still a place for sashimi and marvelous cooked dishes.
The board is uniform in praise of Kiriko. And I'd consider Shibucho's in Costa Mesa - I have yet to make it out to Costa Mesa, but I've followed Shibu-ya since his Beverly Bl. days. And I always have a soft spot for Shibu-ya's good friend Katsu Michite at Tama near Asanebo's.
If you want to eat traditional sushi, Sushi Ten on Sawtelle is the best. Their edomae(Tokyo style) is simple but so good and resonably priced.
Hamasaku is more for California style sushi. But they have traditional as well. Both are very very good. Little pricy compared to Sushi Ten.
You may find surprised to eat Sushi at Torafuku on Pico near Westwood. They are known for rice. When rice is great, sushi taste better ofcourse.
Kiriko on Sawtelle in West L.A. is awesome! Ken will take care of you.
I also like Sasabune and Echigo, both on the west side.
I usually order omakase, or chef's choice, when I go to these places.
the omakase at IRORI in marina del rey is excellent and imho very reasonably priced (~$65/person before tax, tip, and beverages).
Mako in Weller Court in J Town is good, particularly if you are Japanese. Sushi Ike in Hollywood is good.
Shibucho on Beverly and get the wine list. Order omakase and tell Shige to select a wine in your budget. Dinner (food only) is $75-90 per person.
I've had two people recently tell me about a couple of sushi spots I haven't tried yet. One woman who regularly entertains Japanese clients in town goes to Nishimuru in West Hollywood and says it's fantastic. Pricey, but good. And someone else told me about Oomsa or something like that, in little tokyo? Said it was divine.
Boss Sushi off La Cienega and Wilshire is my ultimate favorite sushi spot. Must have the red snapper, albacore tataki and wasabi tuna sushi (it will make you scream). They add sauces, citrus oils and vinaigrettes that make my mouth water just thinking about it. Could usually get out of there for $110 for two, including tip, drinks (Sapporro) and a wonderful tempura ice cream that we must always have for dessert. When possible we like to sit with Tom at the sush bar. Free parking in the back lot.