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Jan 5, 2007 12:06 AM

First Date Tapas Reccomendations?

Traditional Spanish is okay, but I think my date would rather go to a Japanese or Pan-Asian place. Preferably somewhere on the west side, but if there's a great place somewhere else, I'm open to that as well. I've been to Orris, which is okay, but I'd rather go somewhere else. I was thinking about Musha in Santa Monica. Someplace like Yatai would be great (it just can't be Yatai because of what happened the last time I took a first date there).


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  1. I love the Musha idea, but be sure to make reservations or stand in line before 6:00pm when they open on a Saturday night. I also like Ita-Cho (6775 Santa Monica Blvd.) for very healthy small-plate dining. Nanbankan on Santa Monica is great, but although they are open, the building is being remodeled and it is a little "creepy" upon entering the restaurant. This might be good later on.

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        Our night at Yatai was great. It was the broken heart a little while later that sucked. I'd just feel weird going back there.

      2. I heard great things about the small plates at Izayoi in Little Tokyo; haven't been myself (the one time I tried turned out to be the day they're closed- Sunday).


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        1. re: AquaW

          Hi, AquaW! Izayoi in Little Tokyo is perhaps my favorite! They really care about presentation AND the food is delicious! The service is also terrific! Try it again on another night -- well worth it!

          Since the OP seems to prefer the Westside, I think Musha is always good-to-great...and really fun for a first date! Ita-Cho is a little larger and very pretty inside, but they, too, fill up by about 7:00pm on a Saturday night, so reservations are recommended.

        2. there is also sasaya on smb, near colby. its a quaint spot and serves up the standard izakaya dishes.

          1. K-Zo in Culver City for french-japanese small plates as well as sushi.