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Feb 21, 2007 05:38 AM

"Best" Midori Branch for AYCE Sushi?

I know, I know, be aware of what it is and the limitations thereof..but what would be the most well run, best tasting one to go to?

Encino? Sherman Oaks? Studio City?

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  1. I'd go with Studio City for the taste but Sherman Oaks for the parking.

    1. i can only comment on the SO location as that is the only one i go to. the sushi is definitely decent. don't expect mind blowing sushi and you will be a-ok. my fave place to go to stuff myself silly.

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      1. re: wilafur

        what's a good tim e to go to ensure 2 seats at the bar. I don't mind going early. Anyone been to the new Encino one?

        1. re: Diana

          i usually go early, say 6ish and have no problem getting seated quickly. iirc, midori also accepts reservations.

          1. re: wilafur

            for two at the bar? Really? that's unusual!

            1. re: Diana

              give it a try and report back.............

      2. I have only been to the Encino Midori. Found the rolls pretty good but the regular sushi (yellowtail, snapper, etc) far from good, not particularly fresh and with a mealy texture.

        1. How much does it cost? Is it sushi only or do they have AYCE sashimi also?

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          1. re: WHills

            cost is @ $25. no ayce sashimi.

            1. re: WHills

              Its AYCE in one hour, basically anything on the menu including hand rolls, cut rolls (including things like dragon roll, rainbow roll etc.), straight suishi, and apetizers (miso soup, potstickers, shu mai etc.) The catch is that you have to eat all the rice too before you order more, so you can't, for instance, turn AYCE sushi into AYCE sashimi :) I'm not a sushi expert by any means, but I've always found it to be very good, no problems quality-wise.

              Its definetly a cut above most other AYCE sushi as most other such places are buffets and often what you're eating has sat out quite a while. At Midori its made to order and seems fresh.

            2. I have one word for Midori... yuck.

              In all fairness, the place is about average if sushi rolls are your thing (especially if you like mayonnaise and imitation crab meat), but avoid their nigiri sushi at all costs. Unless things have changed, they cut all the fish way in advance so they can keep up the frenetic pace of an AYCE restaurant. The result is fish that has lost most of it's flavor. Prolonged exposure to air just doesn't seem to do good things for fish. Don't get me wrong, the fish is not inedible, just devoid of flavor. It's also cut wafer thin. I'd venture you could read a magazine through their sushi if you held it up to the light. Lastly, the sushi slivers are served on rice meteors which you must consume entirely lest you be charged.

              There are some foods which do ok in an AYCE environment, but sushi just isn't one of them. There are rare exceptions of course, but Midori aint it.

              Yuck I say!