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RicRios Sep 21, 2006 09:42 PM

Went today for lunch.
One page in the menu shows "Daily Specials", 5 items listed.
We order a) Nr.5, the shiitake w/asparagus, and b) Nr.4, the yellowtail collar.
After about half hour wait we got -I'm literal here-
a): 2 (two) little shiitakes and 2 (two) half asparagus.
b): a chunk of fish bone with some leftover meat attached.
Total including green tea, miso soup, tip and parking: $40.00

For the money, four people can have a real lunch of similar or beter quality anywhere in Little Tokyo.

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  1. Dommy RE: RicRios Sep 21, 2006 10:26 PM

    OMG! Are you serious! We used to go to Lunch there all the time, they had great lunch specials for $10 (I either got the tempura shrimp or tempura oysters) and it came with soup or salad. They also had a great $12 sushi sampler lunch.

    Gosh...

    --Dommy!

    1. ipsedixit RE: RicRios Sep 21, 2006 10:53 PM

      Never really had a bad experience there for either lunch or dinner. Perhaps it was an off-day.

      Sorry to hear.

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        Slackerchick RE: RicRios Sep 21, 2006 10:57 PM

        I did learn to never order the specials without asking the price when we ordered the lobster tempura and it was over $50. But it was a whole lobster, practically, so it wasn't really a ripoff, just more than we wanted to spend on it.

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          bijoux16 RE: RicRios Sep 21, 2006 11:11 PM

          the food does take forever to get to the table, no matter what you order or when you order it. i was there once at 5:45 for an early dinner and it took 45 minutes for our sushi to arrive, even though we were the only people there and we hadn't ordered anything that had to be cooked.
          the valet parking annoys me too. i purposely make early dinner reservations and park on one of the nearby streets. it's free and close.

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            dtud RE: RicRios Sep 22, 2006 12:57 AM

            the food takes a long time. but i think i read recently that it had changed ownership. i don't know if that had something to do with it.

            1. jcwla RE: RicRios Sep 22, 2006 05:40 AM

              you have to know what to order, those two items are not widely regarded as great values...

              1. russkar RE: RicRios Sep 22, 2006 05:41 AM

                R-23 has been a mere shadow of it's former self for at least 2 years(change of ownership didn't help).
                5 years ago it was very good(we used to go 1or2 times a month) and has slipped badly recently.
                It's off the radar for us. Sushi Gen, Sushi Go 55 are much better choices. better yet Nozawa or Sasebune.

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                  mc michael RE: RicRios Sep 25, 2006 06:02 AM

                  Just go, sit at the bar and order sushi.

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