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So I'm hankering for some sushi but want to try something other than Sushi Zo (gasp! is that even possible) and thought you guys could help. I've been craving some yummy deep fried shrimp heads (shrimp heads, shrimp heads, yummy yummy shrimp heads. Shrimp heads, shrimp heads, eat them up, yum) and that's the ONE thing Zo doesn't offer.

I know of Kiriko, Echigo, Sasabune (I've only tried it when it was on Sawtelle/Nebraska) but they're all so west. I'm a lazy pig and Zo is pretty much the westest I go (I'm around Wilshire and Robertson and yes, I'm THAT lazy).

Sooooo, the only other place I can think of is Azami? I've read pretty good things here. Of course, I guess there's also Sushi Gen but I honestly wasn't too wowed by them the last couple times.

Basically, any great sushi places you guys can suggest would be great.

Thank you :)

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  1. Have you been to Hirozen? I have to admit it's been a while since I've been but I think there was recently a good report on the board, and I always used to love it.
    Azami seemed good but I only had lunch there. Is Sushi Ike too far east?

    1. come west. come west. give kiriko a whirl.

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      1. re: wilafur

        i'm with wilafur. Kiriko is pricey omakase... but it is very creative. I remember having the baby candy crabs . They flash fried them w/ some sea salt and perched them atop of fried gobo and made it look like rocks. I felt like I was in a tide pool. and the smoked salmon/mango dish is stellar. the chefs are very nice.

        if you go east, Sushi Gen is very good. I always have a good time sitting at the bar.

      2. I dont' know where you live, but if Studio City is not too far of a drive, check out Teru Sushi. I know Katsuya gets all the attention, but I think the quality is so much better at Teru. Ask to be seated at the Sushi bar in Richard's section. He's the head sushi chef and will take good care of you.

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        1. re: TailbackU

          In the same neighborhood and more reasobaly priced (compared to Asanebo, Nozawa, etc.) is one of my favorites, Tama. EVERYTHING is ultra fresh, the sweet shrimp is phenomenal and the owner Katsu is refreshingly amiable. Don't miss the scallop nigiri sushi.

        2. Just had Azami for lunch yesterday and they had really good scottish salmon, snapper from japan, wild big-eyed tuna, and yellowtail toro. Go for omakase at the bar for best results...

          1. Are you willing to go south of the 10? Sushi Karen on Washington in Culvery City is one of my stand-bys if I am not going to Sushi Zo .... there are pretty solid reviews on the board for it. It's west, but not as far west as the places you mentioned! Hmmm, though I don't know if they'll offer your beloved shrimp heads!