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Apr 2, 2007 07:55 AM

Where should I have omakase for the 1st time???

The title of my post says it all. I have two arms and two legs. I want to have all of them when I leave, so please don't say Urasawa. That's all I ask. I'm looking for a lunch omakase under $50??? under $30??


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  1. Sushi Gen
    (Urasawa isn't open for lunch and contrary to popular belief it isn't a Omakase Sushi only experience but a combination of Some Sushi and several cooked dishes that are served at the Sushi Bar)

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    1. re: russkar

      I second the rec for Sushi Gen.

      If you were to go at dinner time, and was doing omakase for the first time, I would recommend Sushi Ike in Hollywood.

    2. I would do the high-end sushi omakase lunch at Kiriko. It is $29.50, and you get salad, miso soup, nine pieces of nigiri, one roll (usually blue crab), and homemade ice cream for dessert. The nigiri usually includes bluefin, toro, salmon that they smoke in-house, and some other high-end fish (uni, Japanese scallop) with interesting preparations. All the fish is incredibly fresh and the chefs are responsive to particular preferences and dislikes.

      1. if you want to start slow....try out echigo at lunch. they have a lunch special for $12-15. i think you get around 6-8 pieces. otherwise, kiriko is a good bet as jwsel posted above.

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        1. re: wilafur

          Echigo is ok for the 11- Lunch Special but Sushi Go 55 (little Tokyo) is much better for the same price. Been to both many times.
          Sushi Gen has higher quality than either of the above.

          1. re: russkar

            if the OP works on the westside, it may not be feasible to make it out to downtown and back in time. vice versa if the OP is working downtown.

            1. re: wilafur

              Kirko or Sasabune are on the West Side.

          1. re: OCAnn

            anywhere but matsuhisa, any time; they're good for mediocre sushi. echigo and kiriko are my rec's. haven't been
            to Sushi Go 55 but think that Echigo is better than sushi gen. but most of the advice on this post is helpful

            1. re: epop

              The main reason I give Sushi Go 55 the nod over Echigo(been several times) is that Sushi Go 55 uses the same fresh pieces of fish they serve at the Sushi Bar which they cut to order(pretty amazing) , not already cut odds and end's drowned in sauce like "E" does.

              1. re: epop

                I've had good, solid sushi (not mediocre) @ Matsuhisa. They've also shared some prepared squid they made for themselves (not for public consumption/sale). My mother enjoyed that so much that they gave her a small jar to take home.

                I've really enjoyed the food & service there; I'm sorry to hear that your experience wasn't the same.

            2. Sushi Gen & Sushi Go 55 are good & mid-priced (the former is better, I think). I also like Azami on Melrose if you don't mind eating some creative stuff (nothing bastardized like California Rolls, but things like "tuna crispies" - raw toro with sauce on fried wonton skins)