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Cheap Sushi on the Westside

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lsm Dec 12, 2006 02:36 PM

I have heard that there are many 'hidden gems' on the westside for cheap sushi. My most recent trip was to Asuka - I was less than impressed with the quality of the salmon and tuna there. Any suggestions?

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    Bria Silbert RE: lsm Dec 12, 2006 05:32 PM

    Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is very popular.

    I personally enjoy California Sushi Roll on Wilshire and Granville (near Barrington).

    A new sushi place is just opening on Wilshire just East of Centinela called Hara Sushi and they have a coupon in the mailer you get periodically for money off.

    EN Sushi (Barrington & Santa Monica Blvd.) is a good deal at lunch.

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      glutton RE: Bria Silbert Dec 12, 2006 05:55 PM

      I second the rec for Hide Sushi. it's the best balance of quality and price I've seen. If you go, I would suggest sitting at the sushi bar for better service. It gets crowded, which keeps the fish fresh, and it is cash only, so be prepared.

    2. Julefish RE: lsm Dec 12, 2006 06:27 PM

      how Westside? I love Hirozen on Beverly Blvd. and Orlando or Sweetzer - it's delicious.

      1. Bob Brooks RE: lsm Dec 12, 2006 07:11 PM

        Echigo remains a very high quality and good value option for lunch.

        1. Dommy RE: lsm Dec 15, 2006 11:19 PM

          If you want to do lunch and are a little brave, the Sushi the Students prepare at the California Sushi Academy on Centinella is pretty darn tasty. It's one of the FEW place I've returned to more than once this past year because it was such a great deal and we got some really yummy things... :)

          http://www.sushi-academy.com/pages/wh...

          --Dommy!

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            Jonah RE: Dommy Dec 16, 2006 01:00 AM

            Dommy-
            If you get the chance I would love to hear a more detailed review of CSA. Some more info about what is served, pacing, price, seating, etc. would be appreciated. I keep meaning to go there, but haven't made it yet.

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              westsidegal RE: Jonah Dec 17, 2006 06:45 PM

              for what it's worth
              when i went there, the fish was ok, but the rice was too cold and hard. the rice ruined the whole experience for me.

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              Bob Brooks RE: Dommy Dec 31, 2006 04:00 AM

              I sought this place out after having read about it on our wonderful board. I must say that I was unimpressed. Sushi choices were limited and rudimentary. Plus, it's a dump.

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              goldangl95 RE: lsm Dec 17, 2006 02:42 AM

              If about $25-$30 to feel full (without alcohol), there are two I enjoy:

              Sushi Masu (on Westwood, slightly south of Santa Monica)
              Go on a weekday night. The chef is friendly, fish is fresh. The main chef, however, is significantly better than his assistant in draping/constructing the sushi. Sushi is simple (not a lot of crazy rolls). But if you are into rolls, the dragon roll has a really nice flavor. Have excellent non-sushi items as well. Parking is fairly easy. If you do go on a weekend night, the service will be slow.

              Sushi Karen (On Washington blvd, west of Downtown Culver City)
              Has some less standard stuff (lemon & salt red snapper, "amber jack," yellowtail belly). Also, even on weekend nights isn't very busy. Some excellent pieces of fish. Service is attentive.

              Hide Sushi - Recently, I haven't been that impressed considering the wait; even on a weekday you can wait up to an hour during peak times to get seated. Parking on weekends is somewhat a hastle. Offers basic sushi nothing really memorable(maybe I just don't know what to order!). Also, is not much cheaper from the ones described above (more like $20 a person).

              Hope that helps!

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                pongstress RE: lsm Dec 31, 2006 04:26 AM

                I like lunch specials at Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle. All under 20 dollars (nigiri, chirashi, make your own combo). comes with nice salad and good red miso soup. Very fresh and high grade fish, and chirashi is especially filling.

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                  omotosando RE: pongstress Dec 31, 2006 05:42 AM

                  I agree with the Sushi Tenn lunch recommendation. The $18 chirashi bowl with soup and salad is a terrific value with very decent quality fish. However, to the original poster, just beware that if you start ordering a la carte at Sushi Tenn, the "cheap" part goes out the window.

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