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Oct 27, 2006 05:55 AM

ISO japanese restaurant in greater LA - Nice Ambiance - No need for great sushi

I have a friend coming into LA this weekend and it is his girlfriend's birthday. We are looking for a Japanese restaurant in greater LA that has a nice ambiance and good food. The issue is that they don't want to eat sushi. Possibly teppanyaki or teriyaki and tempura dishes.

We will have a group of about 8-10 people and are looking to spend around $20-$30 per person.

Please help!!!!!

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  1. New Kingswood in San Gabriel has the best teppanyaki around.

    1. New Otani Hotel (downtown LA) has a restaurant on its rooftop. It's settled in a simulated Japanese garden with a koi pond and stone figures. They offer tatami, traditional seating, and tempura dinners.

      1. You might consider Hirozen on beverly. The restaurant is much more attractive in the past and it fits your budget. It offers a lot of cooked options as well as specials. The service is relaxed. If you want to go reserve now for a party of that size. Hirozen isn't large.

        I don't think the New Otani is close to your budget.

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        1. re: JudiAU

          Thanks for the suggestion. Since you said that the restaurant isn't large, do you think that there might be a problem accommdating a group of 10 people on short notice. Also, what dishes do you recommend and how is the decor?

          1. re: I Love Grub

            You will either be able to get a reservation or not. It depends on how early you call in advance.

            The decor is pleasant modern Japanese.

            They have a regular menu and a specials menu. I like the tuna in shisho tempura, various small vegetable salads, calamari somen, hot pots, tasty fried things, various specials generally include soups, seasonal vegetables, nasu sobaru (chicken and eggplant), etc. Search the board for more recs.

        2. Sanuki no Sato in Gardena has private tatami rooms and a banquet room for larger parties. Their prices are very reasonable and has a lot of variety. They have izakaya style food (small plates), but also have hot pot dishes such as shabu-shabu and udonski. I will be hosting a baby shower there in Dec. You can check out their menu on their website...

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          1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

            Excellent choice. Very low key and hidden in the corner of a nondescript strip mall. Should also fit your budget nicely.

          2. yakitori kosiji in weller court is nice, and has good yakitori combos for about 20 bucks, or you can order yakitori (and other dishes) for the table. call ahead and they should be able to accomodate you. they have a great sake selection and also carry orion beer.

            its a good communal food place, low key and i LOVE the smell of the open grill!

            i also had an incredible meal at izayoi at the private table upstairs for 10 people. it was a prix fixe i had to arrange, but 30 bucks got us at least 5 courses and more sushi than we could eat. so you could probably get a ton of good food for less if you don't want sushi. you just need to call and arrange it. this is one of the better japanese places in la, and the group meal is a great value.