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Sep 29, 2006 09:46 PM

Ami -- in Westwood

A friend of mine was visiting from out of town and had time for lunch with me in Westwood Village.

He wanted sushi so we went to a place called Ami on Broxton (near Falafel King).

Can't recommend it at all.

We both had two versions of the sushi lunch special: 8.95 for about 12 pieces of sushi (that's including the pieces of the cut roll as separate pieces ... maybe I should have written 12 bites or mouthfuls of sushi). I had a spicy tuna roll, a piece os shrimp, a piece of hamachi(?), a piece of salmon -- a few others I can't remember. His was the same, except for a California Roll instead of the spicy tuna roll.

I didn't like any of it.

I'm also not a kook. I wasn't expecting a sublime sushi experience. I know you get what you pay for pretty much. But I've had good sushi for cheap prices, especially on a special.

It just didn't feel that flavorful to me, nor did it taste super fresh. The best was the piece of salmon -- that was fresh and tasty.

We split a tempura appetizer and that was good. Crunchy and not greasy. The miso soup lacked flavor and wasn't even that hot.

Working near Westwood Village, you don't have too many great choices. There aren't any "hidden gems," no mom and pop places to to go to. There are some good places, but you sort of lower standards to eat there in general.

But this was below that standard as far as the sushi goes.

I might give it one more try for the Japanese food. The tempura was good and maybe a tempura/teryaki plate would be worth returning for.

But not the sushi, IMO.

The restaurant was crowded, btw, which speaks to the point I made above. It was also nice inside, all blacks and reds with a nice, mansion-esque staircase to the upstairs. There's a big screen tv downstairs, if anyone cares.

The two specials were 8.95 and the tempura was 6.95. With a couple of drinks (an iced tea and a can of soda) the damage was ... well ... I don't know. He paid. But figure around 30 or so with the tip.

Not a lost 30 bucks, but I'm not running back ...

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  1. i work in westwood too, so i understand exactly what you mean. what are the good places? i'm often at a loss. any good to pretty good places that deliver?

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    1. re: jacqueline f

      Hidden Gem Candidate = Fresh Corn Grill. I've only had a small side plate of their corn, but it was the absolute best I've ever had! It's at the southern corner of Ohio & Westwood Blvd. (5 blocks south of Wilshire).


      Good to Pretty Good Places that deliver:
      Mr. Noodle - Thai & Chinese

      Ambala Dhaba - Indian
      (310) 966-1772

      Shaherzad - Persian (9 lunch specials $7.95 to $9.95
      )(310) 470-3242

      Shamshiri Grill - Persian (17 Lunch Specials $5.95 to $8.95)
      (310) 474-8017

      Sepi's Giant Submarines - Sub Sandwich Shop ($4.25 std., good value for $'s)
      (310) 470-3242

      Ramayani - Indonesian (18 Lunch Specials $5.95 to $7.95)
      (310) 477-3315

      Best Places to walk to:
      Attari Sandwiches - Persian - Very nice patio to lounge in
      1388 Westwood Blvd. (3 blocks so. of Wilshire)
      (310) 441-5488

      Mio Babbo's - Italian

      Clementine - Californian - Inside the outside courtyard at the Armand Hammer Museum

      Most Unusual Outdoor Dining Option in the Village?
      Sak's Teriyaki - Walk through the Alcove into the sunlight and turn to your right, then up a few steps to about 5 outside tables under a vined canopy. On Glendon a little bit past The Gardens. The food?

      Most of the menus can be viewed on menupages.com and they even have a subsection that lists places in Westwood that deliver, but it's an incomplete list:


      1. re: JBC

        I eat in Falafel King, in Damon and Pythas and do take out from Whole Foods (in addition to some of the places listed above).

        None are fantastic, but all have some good things to eat.

        I really like the hot sauce at Falafel King, fwiw, and treat whatever I eat there as a hot sauce vehicle.

        1. re: JBC

          Fresh corn grill wasn't bad. Not spectacular, but I'd go back. Thing is the seating is so limited, it is way too cramped to be comfortable.

      2. Hmmm... i've had dinners at ami and i liked it a lot. they had fresh fish, large rolls, and their cooked dishes were generally very good.

        it's not going to be THE best in town, but i think it's a nice sushi option in the area, since westwood is desperately lacking good japanese food.

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        1. re: tuttifrutti

          Believe me, I wanted to like it.

          But I felt a little ill all day after eating there.

          I guess YMMV.

        2. Sadly I think Damon and Pythias has gone down since its ownership change a number of months ago. We order from them for occasional special lunches at work and their turkey and chicken are dry and the flank steak sandwich just isn't as good.
          I hope someone reads this and they clean up their act!

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          1. re: compucook

            I'm having lunch there tomorrow ... I'll take notes.

          2. I AGREE. AMI SUCKED. I had a 100$ dinner there for 2 and it was some of the worst sushi I have EVER HAD.

            Who leaves the skin on sashimi? The fish was not fresh, the wasabi was not good, the service wasn't either...never....again..