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Japanese restaurant in LA (Downtown or Pasadena area) to take my wife for birthday??

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Looking for a Japanese restaurant near Downtown LA or the Pasadena area for a nice memorable birthday dinner...it is tomorrow. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks!

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      1. I just looked this up...menu looks really nice...what about the atmosphere? Somebody recommeded Sushi Roku in Pasadena..any thoughts???

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        1. re: jmp

          R-23's atmosphere is very modern and artsy (well, it's in the arts district). Can't say about Roku. I have a bias against eateries with the word Rock or a variant in the name, e.g., Wok N Roll. IIRC, Roku is a youth scene type place.

          1. re: mc michael

            I totally agree. Roku can be a little cheesy. :)

        2. For food and atmosphere, R-23 wins out over Roku in my book, especially for a birthday dinner. (However, I've not eaten at the Pasadena location, just the West Hollywood and Santa Monica restaurants.) R-23 is more sophisticated, while Roku tends to be a little more scene-y (not a compliment). Ultimately, it boils down to the kind of evening you'd prefer to have.

          1. Anyone had the omakase at Takumi yet? Certainly a nice space, and solicitous chef and staff....