Recs for Japanese restaurant? (birthday, Westside, toddler...HELP!)
My birthday is this weekend and I'm trying to find a place to go with my family. I would like Japanese food, but the following challenges exist:
1) My 21 month-old nephew will be a member of the dinner party.
2) My sister is pregnant and not eating sushi, so if we go to a sushi place, I need one that has decent cooked dishes.
3) Not too horribly, astronomically expensive.
I live in West LA, so would like someplace fairly local. I'm at my wit's end, so any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
I think Sawtelle might serve your needs because you can dine on the patio at Orris or perhaps 2117 across the street from Orris. Both offer a variety of fare.
There used to be a dumpy restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA called Tenjin - closed and then opened under new management and it's called Sasaya (11613 Santa Monica Blvd.). Much better than its original incarnation. EN Sushi - a few blocks west of this is also dependable and not too outlandish. I think Mako is wonderful but a bit expensive.
I have been to Yabu and Furaibo numerous times (some of my local walk to places) and I have never seen a child that young in either place. That isn't to say that they wouldn't be welcome, but I've never seen it.
Yabu is a pretty small space, so maybe not the best choice.
Furaibo, on the other hand, is a pretty noisy place on the weekends and should be a pretty comfortable place.
I always recommend Kiriko when people want sushi and good cooked items. The food is very good - just had a great sushi lunch there today. But, it too is a very small space and it is hard to fit a decent sized party in there (except maybe for that tatami space in the back???).