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alternatives to Mako?

cycler15 Nov 3, 2006 12:05 AM

I was going to take my girlfriend to Mako in 2 weeks to do the omakase for her birthday. Unfortunately they are closed that day for a private party. Any other restaurant recommendations that offer a similiar omakase experience?

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    foodieqt Nov 3, 2006 07:38 PM

    Funny, Cycler15...I tried to make reservations for tonight, but they called me back and told me they were closed for a private party as well! I was so disapointed as I was looking forward to finally trying Mako. I guess they are doing a lot of private parties lately?? Go figure.

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      calabasas_trafalgar Nov 3, 2006 06:21 PM

      If it's not too far for you, try Kanpachi in Gardena or Z-Sushi in Alhambra

      1. ipsedixit Nov 3, 2006 04:56 PM

        If cobalt's suggestion doesn't work ("wait a day") then I suggest booking reservations with Matsuhisa.

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          cobalt Nov 3, 2006 05:57 AM

          wait a day

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            yoyoma25 Nov 3, 2006 05:02 AM

            If you like seafood, Go to Providence! some dishes have great asian inspiration!

            you will love it, upscale, classy, fresh cuisine. tasting menu is amazing. sona is another good option.

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              cycler15 Nov 3, 2006 04:02 AM

              I've been there. I'm looking for a nicer dining experience as this is for my girlfriend's birthday. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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                ThatPat Nov 3, 2006 03:48 AM

                Call Orris and ask if they do an omakase. It's also Asian fusion--good but not as good as Mako. Still, very nice food. It's on Sawtelle in West L.A.

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                  yinyangdi Nov 3, 2006 04:03 AM

                  I do not remember sushi/sashimi being offered at Orris, only fusion-y/fussy small plates. imo, some plates at Orris were really good, others ... eh. And then Shiro showed up torwards the end of my meal and put some fire in the kitchen ;-)


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                    ThatPat Nov 3, 2006 01:38 PM

                    "Omakase" in Japanese (or I so I've been told by a Japanese person) means chef's choice--the words have nothing to do with sushi or sashimi. Mako, being Japanese, calls his tasting menu omakase.

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