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Best sushi in West LA or mid-city?

what is the best sushi place in LA? specifically west la? From my experience, it is Sasabune. But I'm looking for a great place for a larger group of friends -- old friends from UCLA -- and it has to be top-notch but not trendy yet still a venue with enough of a setting for a group of gals coming in town from the Bay Area. And did I mention the fish has got to be top-notch? And no icky and/or plastic crowds with thongs showing out their pants. Thoughts, anyone?

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  1. there has been quite a lot of CH banter on the best sushi in LA as of late. the following thread should help you get started in your quest:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/63912

    1. lol i'd consider changing the title of the original post (say WEST L.A. or something haha) because it's definitely opening up a can of worms.

      that said, the best sushi in "West" LA is at sushi zo on national in palms.

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      1. re: rameniac

        I totally agree. Right when I read the title, I said to myself 'rut roh, rorge'. Definitely opening a can of worms.

        And I second Sushi Zo.

          1. re: Dommy

            maybe sasabune too???? now that they've moved, they may be a lot better again.

            and they have the nyc reputation to live up to, too.

            1. re: kevin

              My vote would be for Sasabune, but I'm far from the most experienced sushi diner here on the boards.

      2. Sushi Zo -- it's zero on the hip scale, being next to a Taco Plus in a Vons shopping center, but it is really excellent sushi. Just know that it is sashimi, nigiri and hand rolls only. No cut rolls, no spicy mayo.

        I usually let Keizo choose for me, because when I order for myself I just end up wanting whatever I see him giving others for omakase.

        Smallish venue, but they probably could put a few tables together and you'll be very happy..

        1. forgot to add, if you truly want the best........you need to go to urasawa.

          1. Mori on Pico, Kiriko on Olympic, Echigo on Santa Monica... Orris on Sawtelle would be a nice twist on the sushi thing too... I wish to one day mortgage my home and try Urasawa... I'm definitely not worthy...