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Recs for Japanese restaurant? (birthday, Westside, toddler...HELP!)

Hi everyone!

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. Mako
      225 S Beverly Dr
      Beverly Hills CA

      1. 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.

        1. Musha on Wilshire in Santa Monica.

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          1. Yabu on pico meets all of your above criteria. They have fresh cooked food, udon and noodles, side dishes, as well as sushi.

            Another choice might be Furaibo on Sawtelle.

            or 2117 on Sawtelle for a French/Japanese fusion flavor.

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            1. re: Alice

              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???).