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Oct 12, 2006 07:13 PM

all-you-can-eat sushi

I live in the city of La Verne, CA and am a sushi-loving fool. I have found that there are good quality AYCE sushi restaurants out there if you are willing to give them a try. three of my favorites ar Genki Sushi in Ontario/Chino area, Sushiya in Duarte, and Fuji in Pasadena.
I have been on the WWW recently trying to find more good AYCE locations in the greater San Gabriel Valley. Does anyone have their favorite recommendations?
I qwill qualify my tastes as better than average and able to detect subtle nuances in flavor and seasoning. Uni is my absolute favorite and only the freshest will do. I enjoy maki and nigiri and heavily favor sake, maguro, and albacore.

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  1. Try Joe's Sushi
    7185 Lincoln Ave
    Buena Park, CA 90620View Map

    All you can order for a set price (though from a set menu, but still a reasonable long-enough menu).

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    1. re: malisa

      There's also a Joes at Golden West and Warner in Huntington Beach (next to radio Shack)
      $18 lunch
      $22 dinner
      And it includes everything, not just sushi.
      The food is excellent.

      1. re: BobBarnett

        Joe's is better in Buena Park...if you sit at the sushi bar and buy the sushi chef a couple of Sapporos he'll start making you items that are not on the menu. I've had some amazing shooters with quail's eggs and original sushi rolls that were just fabulous. There's a Joe's in Montclair that is okay, but not as good as the location in Buena Park.
        In Upland, there's Sho Sushi...really good AYCE. The salmon is buttery rich and melts in your mouth. The spicy tuna has a great kick and is super tasty. I'm not a fan of any of their tempura or cooked rolls...seems wrong to me that you would take a perfectly good sushi roll, drop it in tempura batter, and then fry it. For me, it loses it's fresh sushi taste and tastes like a batter-y mess. I do like their dragon rolls. Service is nice, quick, and friendly.
        The Onami chain mentioned below is quite nice, too. But it's been ages since I've been to one (locations in Laguna Hills and Torrance), so I'm unsure of the current state in quality.

        Onami Restaurant
        1925 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

        Sho Sushi Restaurant
        373 E Foothill Blvd Ste D, Upland, CA 91786

        Laguna Hills Onami Restaurant
        24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

        Joe's Sushi
        5660 Holt Blvd, Montclair, CA 91763

    2. its a chain, but i like it when in a pinch: To-Dai - locations

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      1. re: foodie in seattle


        Todai is... well... there's no getting around it, Todai is disgusting. I'd rather eat sushi from Ralphs.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Man, the last time I ate at Todai it was busy and product was moving and I STILL thought I was going to die afterward.

            Guts were screaming and there was no place to go.

            And I LOVE raw seafood.

          1. Ezo sushi on Sunset near San Vicente has a couple of good chefs. I haven't been since they started all you can eat, but the same chefs are there.

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            1. re: cls

              Ezo serves delicious sushi and for those who enjoy a large sushi meal, the all-you-can-eat menu can be a real bargain. The food was better than I expected for all-you-can-eat sushi. The extensive menu includes higher price items such as uni and is not limited to sushi but includes tempura, dynamite (a type of mini seafood soufflet) and other hot dishes. Finally, an opulently large sushi meal in West Hollywood where you don't have to suffer from sticker shock. It's miles ahead of it's local all-you-can-eat competitor, Todai. The decor is pleasant. A more expensive sushi restaurant was previously in this location and updated the decore shortly before going out of business. The service is polite and attentive and the location on the Sunset Strip provides a unique Hollywood ambiance with rock-and-roll kids passing outside provide a carnivalesque street scene. Highly recommended for those who seek a large sushi meal without selling the far.

              1. re: cls

                This is for frank828 and cls... maybe you havn't been to Ezo in a while. The atmosphere and service has completely changed. The food is not as fresh as it used to be... this is most likely due to how dead the place is. You can't have fresh sushi if there are not many customers. It used to be a great place, but it is not anymore!

              2. Hakata Sushi on Wilshire in Santa Monica has an all you can eat...i've never done order off the menu...

                some place in the valley too on ventura blvd....kinda near todai but on the other side of the street, I went once, it was "ok/mediocre". i haven't been back since, and that was like a year ago

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                1. re: Xericx

                  do you know the pricing for the AYCE at hakata?

                  back on topic, there is also midori in the sfv. they have 2 locations, one in sherman oaks and the other in studio city. they do have a few interesting policies such as an 1hr time limit and they will not serve your next order until you finish everything in the previous order.

                  1. re: wilafur

                    I think its $26.

                    Midori...that's the one I went to....

                    1. re: Xericx

                      thanks xericx. even though the sushi at midori was made to order, it still didn't sit well with you in terms of presentation/taste/etc?

                      1. re: wilafur

                        Well, I don't go to the Valley too often. A lot of the fish wasn't cut particularly well, which kind of bugged.

                        Tastewise, it was ok for sushi...nothing special really. To be honest, I don't remember the meal too well, and never really had the urge to go back.

                      2. re: Xericx

                        do you know if their menu (hakata) is somewhere in the web? I looked but couldn't find it-

                    2. re: Xericx

                      The place in the Valley is called Midori; there is one on Ventura between Colfax and Tujunga, and the other on Ventura at Stern. Neither is especially close to La Verne... and they're not bad at all. It's a real sushi bar, but if you sit at tables, you can have AYCE for one hour for a set price.