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Sushi recs in the West LA/Santa Monica Airport area

Have a friend flying in to SM Airport this weekend. He's been to the Hump and wants to try something else in the same area for comparison. I know what I like, but what's the consensus from others?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Sushi Mori in West LA or Sushi Tenn on Sawtelle or Kiriko http://www.kirikosushi.com/ on Olympic Blvd. (all of these should be no more than 5 or 10 minutes drive from SM Airport)

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    1. re: tony michaels

      Those are the three I would have picked as well. Kiriko is one you want if you want sushi AND cooked items. Kitiko's entrance is on Sawtelle, just north of Olympic, although its street address is on Olympic.

      1. re: igj

        Actually, you can get pretty good cooked food at both Mori and Sushi Tenn as well. I don't know if you can get it at dinner, but at lunch, Mori has really good tempura - probably the best tempura I've had other than at the old Ginza Sushi-Ko and at a couple tempura-only restaurants in Tokyo.

      1. re: vnehring

        The OP said that his friend had been to the Hump and wanted to try another - hopefully comparable place.

        1. re: tony michaels

          why not try something better instead? The Hump is about as pedestrian as it gets, and way overpriced, too!

      2. Sushi Zo, my new favorite go-to sushi joint. On National, call for a rez (310) 842-3977.

        My other favorite on the westside is Echigo (12217 Santa Monica Blvd, 310-820-9787). It's similar (edo style, no cooked foods) to Zo, but Echigo's rice is decadent; very warm and creamy, almost like risotto and the ponzu sauce tends to dominate everything. It's not as close to airport as Zo.

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        1. re: vinosnob

          I hated Echigo the one time I went there. You either like warm rice and sauced soft fish or you don't (I don't). Hiko (which somebody else on this Board recommended as the best sushi in L.A.) is in the same vein and I found it equally dreadful. It just depends on what you like. I actually like to taste the fish rather than to taste hot rice and ponzu sauce. Maybe this is sushi for risotto lovers - I don't like risotto.

          1. re: omotosando

            "Hate" is such a strong word; what's wrong with dislike? And only based on one experience? Yikes, you're tough.

          2. re: vinosnob

            second the sushi zo recommendation

          3. everybody is right (except the one that hates echigo) but Hump seems like the obvious choice fresh off the plane

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            1. re: epop

              "He's been to the Hump and wants to try something else in the same area for comparison."

              1. re: tony michaels

                i know but i find it odd (especially the words "in the same area"). i guess i look fwd to one day getting off a plane and
                heading to the Hump. forgive the 007 in me

            2. Hey, I have an idea... what about the Hump? just kidding...

              Sushi Zo is a good recommendation as long as he is okay with just sushi (they have no cooked food), otherwise I'd try Kiriko (haven't been to Mori or Tenn but now I want to.)

              Hope you're eating on Friday or Saturday and not Sunday, as many restaurants (including Zo) are closed on Sunday, and those that are open may not be at their freshest since fish markets are closed that day. Not sure if Kiriko is opened on Sunday.