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Anywhere like Maui's Sansei in LA?

Suebee Mar 24, 2007 05:21 PM

For some reason I'm having a terrible craving for Sansei. Basically incredible sushi but with interesting appetizers like their Asian Shrimp Cake...I'm not the biggest sushi fan, so I haven't been around the block as much as some other folks on the board.

Does this exist anywhere in LA, preferably towards Silver Lake/Hollywood, etc.?


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  1. chica RE: Suebee Mar 24, 2007 07:30 PM

    You might want to try Roy's (hawaiian fusion): http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

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      Jwsel RE: chica Mar 24, 2007 07:51 PM

      I think Roy's also may be a very good option, but the sushi is not best.

      Kiriko has a great combination of sushi and cooked foods: http://www.kirikosushi.com/menu/ It may be too far west.

      Celadon has very good Asian appetizers. It's not really sushi, though the crudo items include raw fish items. Celadon is more Asian tapas. It is at Third and Fairfax: http://www.celadongalerie.com/

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        Suebee RE: Jwsel Mar 25, 2007 09:03 AM

        I think we're going to hit Roy's next weekend, but we'll have to try Celadon sometime as well. It looks beautiful and somewhat like Sansei. Thanks!

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        Suebee RE: chica Mar 25, 2007 08:59 AM

        Perfect! And our first wedding anniversary is on 4/2 so that will absolutely fit the bill. Thanks for the suggestion.

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        WestsideLisa RE: Suebee Mar 25, 2007 12:01 PM

        If you can get to Studio City, I think Katsu-ya might fit the bill. We went to Sansei in Maui (based on the recommendations of locals), and the sushi was "eh" at best, and some items were just plain bad. I think the locals like it because they have no perspective/comparison (e.g. have not had sushi in L.A.).

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          epop RE: WestsideLisa Mar 25, 2007 01:12 PM

          precisely. unfortunately Maui is not a place for sushi. so it is not
          to each his own

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            Suebee RE: WestsideLisa Mar 25, 2007 08:37 PM

            Thanks for the Katsu-ya rec, Westside Lisa. And I realize I didn't clarify in my original post that we are really looking for the Sansei-type dishes that are not sushi. It seems like Roy's will do the trick. Thanks guys!

          2. notmartha RE: Suebee Mar 26, 2007 12:40 PM

            The omakase I had at Abe's Bluefin at Newport Beach always reminds me of Sansei, except better and more refined. They also have foie gras (just not on the sushi, yet). Lunch omakase is $35.

            There's a good review by another chowhound:

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              Quesera RE: Suebee Mar 26, 2007 05:51 PM

              I've been to Sansei, and I'd agree with the Katsu-ya recommendation, especially now that there are essentially three restautrants under that name. Also maybe Matsuhisa or Koi, though those are far more expensive than Sansei. (The Miso black cod at Matsuhisa is similar to the butterfish at Sansei, and believe it or not- better!)_=

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