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Izakaya Birthday suggestions?

I am planning a bday party (around 15 people), and need suggestions for a very good, cheapish izakaya. I was thinking izayoi, but i think it's too small for such a party, so I thought of Haru Ulala, but I've read very mixed reviews. birthday boy is a self-proclaimed foodie (read: kinda picky) japanese guy, whose pet peeve is overpriced food, so none of this super-pricey fusion izakaya. I need the real deal...

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  1. Would Musha be too far? There's one in SM and one in I think Torrance.

    Orris on Sawtelle and La Grange in WLA is similar (it's French Asian-fusion with small tapas style dishes) is fantastic but might be out of the price range.

    1. How much is cheapish?

      I've been able to eat at Musha Santa Monica for $25 a head, just food. But you'll have to order a little carefully. Don't get me wrong, you'll be full and you'll eat well, but some dishes are just larger than others.

      I just went to Wakasan last week (and experienced my first LA star siting--a dual one, at that!). We had some beers, but I think without drinking it was $35 after tax and tip for 12 courses and ice cream. Incredibly good deal. I haven't posted photos yet, but will later today.

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      1. re: Pei

        i like musha a lot, but we've been there a bunch of times. i am looking for something different this time...

        1. re: Pei

          Here are the photos:
          http://www.chezpei.com/2007/01/waka-w...

          The only photo missing is the one of a plate of 4 deep fried shrimp per person. I don't have too much izakaya experience, so please let me know if this looks good or if I could be doing better

        2. if you like hole-in-the-wall establishments that serve up solid izakaya, check out terried sake house in west la.

            1. re: JAB

              absolutely! the one in gardena has one private room...

            2. Go to Izakaya Yuzen Kan in Torrance.