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