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Apr 24, 2007 06:03 PM

best sushi in studio city area?


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    1. Budgets do have a bearing on the answer.
      Ask 10 people and you will probably get at least 5 different answers.
      Asanebo is good, yet not as well known for its sushi as Nozawa or Katsu-Ya or Tama, etc. You cannot go wrong with any of them, depending on who, what, when, with whom, etc., and of course, budget and day of week - Nozawa is closed on Saturday and Sunday, btw!

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      1. re: carter

        I 've eaten at Nozawa, Tama and KAtsu-Ya as well as Asanebo. I found Nozawa to be poorer in quality and attitude, Katsu-Ya to be chock full of "theme" rolls, dishes and sashimi and Tama to be just rude.

        Asanebo has fabulous fish you won't find elsewhere, and the itame keeps a more traditional type bar than any other I've found in the Valley. His sashimi is supreme.

        1. re: Diana

          Tama rude? Never in my life have I been to a friendlier sushi joint, with the exception of Tokio when it actually served sushi.

          1. re: Diana

            yes, what Diana said, nail on the head.

        2. Sushi Iki on Ventura Bl is the best in my opinion.

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          1. re: wakko11

            Tarzana is hardly Studio City, regardless of how good it may be!

          2. Kazu Sushi
            11440 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

            Cross is Laurel I think. Best sushi, minus the attitude and the fancy rolls. They do a kobe beef sashimi that they is SICK!!

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            1. re: kellydeez

              how is it sashimi if they torch it? Is it super torched or just seared?

              Actually, I found Kazu just "eh".

            2. while i'm a purist and only eat sashimi, the friend i'm going with likes all those non-traditional "disneyland" rolls with tempura and sauce and all that nonsense. so i'm trying to find a place that will please us both. cost isn't really an issue.

              thanks for all the input thus far...

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              1. re: 1_healthnut

                Ah.. then take your friend to Katsu-ya in Studio City. Avoid the encino one

                1. re: Diana

                  Wow. I'm surprised to hear that about Kazu. For me it has never disappointed. Not to mention the fact that I don't have to deal with a scene or a wait when I go. All of those Katsu-ya, Koi places have good food but I'd rather be in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a great meal. Then again I was born here so I'm not very impressed with who's going to be there. Kazu's blue crab roll rocks the house!

                2. re: 1_healthnut

                  Yes, I second the Katsu-ya recommendation. It has some of the flashy specials (which are delicious, in my opinion) but it also has amazing plain old sushi and sashimi. I love their albacore sushi and I have friends who were very impressed with their octupus and uni.

                  1. re: sarahvagaca

                    Everyone is wrong
                    Nozawa - fine whatever
                    Katsuya - overrated
                    Asanebo- good but overpriced
                    try Sushi 101 on moorpark and tjuenga - trust me and report back what you think

                    1. re: radman123

                      I've eaten at Sushi 101 a couple of times. Alas, in my experience, Sushi 101 does not even begin to compare to Asanebo.

                  2. re: 1_healthnut

                    Another vote for Katsu-ya. I think the plain sushi is overrated and overpriced, but it is the best combination of non-traditional rolls and decent traditional sushi in Studio City.

                    1. re: 1_healthnut

                      To please both of you, it's Katsu-Ya but that's very different from answering your original question, the best sushi in Studio City. Katsu-Ya serves excellent mayo and soy-sauce drenched deep fried rolls. Junk food disguised as sushi (Alright, I confess I love it too). Your pal will be in heaven. I give them credit though for serving good, fresh traditional sushi and sashimi. However, definitely not the best. Not by far. If you want excellent sashimi, there's Asanebo. Strangely enough, their sushi is not that great, subpar rice and cut. When I go there for their omakase, I rarely get more than two servings of sushi out of 10 plates. When I heard that they once used to refuse to serve sushi I completely understood. Sashimi is what they're good at and they shouldn't settle serving anything less. Kazu, like kellydeez pointed out, serves both excellent sushi and sashimi, rivaling Asanebo and they also have less traditional plates. Their toro tartar and tuna carpaccio, for example, are sublime (Asanebo does serve alot of fantastic non-traditional stuff too, the beautiful halibut sashimi with black truffle, seared toro with jalapeno paste, etc..). The trade-off is here. IF you want to please yourself more than your friend and to answer your original question, go to Kazu or Asanebo. But if it's all about your pal or just pleasing both of you, then go to Katsu-Ya.

                      1. re: jackkirby

                        I agree about Katsu-Ya as "junk food"...but it will keep them happy. It could be worse, It could be Sushi Dan!

                        For real stuff, hit Asanebo!

                        Actually, 4 on 6 in Sherman Oaks could satisfy BOTH of them WAY better than Katsu-Ya

                        1. re: Diana

                          4 on 6 is in Encino, and I doubt it would please the friend who wants non-traditional rolls. Frankly, I find 4 on 6 grossly overrated by people on this board. It's okay for traditional sushi, but does not come close to Sushi Iki in Tarzana. And for non-traditional rolls, you always have Katsu-Ya across the street or, for a little less money, Hirosuke a mile away.