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Good, Decent Sushi in Palms/Culver City??

hch_nguyen May 2, 2007 11:20 PM

I'm looking for reasonably-priced local sushi joints. Sometime I'm craving sushi but have no desire to drive more than a mile for it (I know, I know, but after a long day of work and school on some nights, that's just how I feel about it). I was going to Yokohama in Culver Center for a while whenever I got the jones, but I figure there's got to be better. I'm not looking for orgasmic sushi or anything. Just something decent, satisfying, and reasonably priced. I know Sushi Zo is nearby (which I intend to go to one day), but that doesn't really fit the bill of what I'm looking for in this regard.

I mostly like nigiri or sashimi, but I enjoy an occasional creative roll, too, just to mix it up a bit. I've heard of Sushi Karen and Niko Niko. What are those places like? Anything else?? Can you tell it was one of those long days of work and school???

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  1. Dommy RE: hch_nguyen May 3, 2007 10:27 AM

    I like Sushi Karen... Strong and not terribly expensive, nice variety of rolls.

    For Lunch time and REAL cheap try the California Sushi Academy. It's surprisingly decent! And they are happy to do handrolls. :D


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      hch_nguyen RE: Dommy May 3, 2007 12:34 PM

      Oh, thanks, I forgot the academy was around there....

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        vinosnob RE: Dommy May 8, 2007 01:39 PM

        Second Sushi Karen...unpretentious, friendly and solid fresh fish that won't break the bank

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          slacker RE: Dommy May 8, 2007 01:46 PM

          Third Sushi Karen, except that last time I was there, the fish didn't have much flavor, so I probably won't be going back for awhile.

          Try Sushi Mashiko, in the minimall on Jefferson where Ralph's is. I usually get the udon, but tried their sushi once, it was good. There seems to be some regulars who go there for the sashimi.

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            Densible RE: slacker May 8, 2007 03:26 PM

            Fourth for Karen-SO works nexts door and when I can't find him at work-I know where he is...the reasonable pricies help subsidize this level of sushi commitment.
            I enjoy the spicy tuna tataki,halibut sashim and the lobster roll-ask for hand not cut-it really is great. He gets the spicy tuna roll and a ton of other stuff that I cannot remember.
            It is right across the street from Yokohama but will seem like world's apart.

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              pkaz RE: slacker May 8, 2007 11:05 PM

              Yes - Sushi Mashiko is a good find. I used to work at Sony & we would go there all the time for Sushi. I live in Culver City now and while KZo is my favorite, Sushi Karen is a great value. Also, a little bit out of the way is Hide on Sawtelle - great quality and very cheap!

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                hch_nguyen RE: slacker May 9, 2007 07:22 AM

                I drive by that strip all the time and have never noticed Mashiko. Then again, there is an Indian restaurant I have been meaning to try in that strip for 2 years now...haha...Now I have more reason to stop on in.

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                  westsidegal RE: hch_nguyen May 9, 2007 07:35 AM

                  if you're talking about the strip center across the street from west LA college, my advice would be to skip the indian restaurant there.

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                hch_nguyen RE: Dommy May 8, 2007 05:31 PM

                Hmmm...you know I recently did some research on Sushi Karen, and a lot of what I read stated that they were on the pricier side for sushi....

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                  Dommy RE: hch_nguyen May 8, 2007 05:39 PM

                  When compared to ZO and Kiriko, that is def. not the case. It's not cheap by any means, but for the quality you get (much better than Sakura house which is in the same price point and sometimes gets raved about as well), it's a value...


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                    eatdrinknbmerry RE: Dommy May 8, 2007 06:37 PM

                    yes if i can afford zo i'll go there. my neighborhood sushi is Sushi Karen b/c chef toshi is really friendly and i'd say out of the 25+ times i've been there ( i work in CC), only 3-4 times have been very average. the prices are not cheap but the fish is fresh. no ambiance here whatsoever.... unless you want to count his little japanese fountain at the corner of the sushi bar. i recommend the jalapeno amberjack - served with fresh garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and yuzu, scallops (hotate), yellowtail belly. i can never afford the toro but i'm sure it's good.

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                  msbadkittie RE: Dommy May 11, 2007 03:38 AM

                  we love Sushi Karen!! sit at the sushi bar towards the end, closer to back of restaurant. that is the side that the owner is always on. great sushi, great service.

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                  coreyander RE: hch_nguyen May 8, 2007 12:52 PM

                  I am right there with you on the need for convenient sushi. I haven't been in Palms for long, so I don't really know all of the sushi options, but I've enjoyed Mika on Olympic between Sepulveda and the 405. Might be more than a mile from you, depending on where you live. Their menu is very California -- mostly rolls -- but they also have good nigiri. I just ask them what is particularly good and fresh when I call. The salmon, in particular, has always been top notch. They also deliver within a 2 mile radius, but I don't know how good their service is because I always do carry out orders.

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                    hch_nguyen RE: coreyander May 8, 2007 05:30 PM

                    Hmmm....Mika was the place my sister and I tried to go to one Sunday, and they were closed although their menu said they were open until 9pm on Sundays. I was wondering if they had shut down or not. We ended up getting fried chicken for my sister at KFC, and it was a disaster. Don't ask me how we went from sushi to the Colonel. The appetite can be a funny thing to which any chowhound can attest.....Guess I'll have to give Mika another shot, but I'll call first to make sure they're open. Thanks for the input.

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                      cupcake RE: hch_nguyen May 8, 2007 06:06 PM

                      Can anyone elaborate on Mika? I am always wary of that particular strip mall, but I would love to try it. How is their spicy tuna? What are the prices like?

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                        hch_nguyen RE: hch_nguyen May 9, 2007 07:26 AM

                        Yeah, I'm interested in any comments about Mika, too!

                        Cupcake, if I go, I'll post back, so you can get an idea. I have their menu, and it seems very well-priced for a sushi place. Most cut rolls are about $7.50 to $8.50. Good sushi lunch specials/boxes for around $10 (but I want to try the sushi lunch special at Sushi Gen or Sushi Go 55). Assorted nigiri a l a carte for around $3.50.

                        Great prices in my mind! but we'll see how it tastes....I'm hoping it's decent.

                    2. eatdrinknbmerry RE: hch_nguyen May 8, 2007 06:38 PM

                      also, if you're looking for your money's worth, you can go to Sakura House on centinela/washington.... long lines though. if you're into huge pieces of fish, here's the place... i don't think it's better than Karen though. try the torchoned Escolar sushi - crazy good.

                      1. hch_nguyen RE: hch_nguyen May 9, 2007 07:21 AM

                        Thanks for all the responses, you guys! I knew there had to be better than Yokohama. I thought Yokohama was decent, but they did what I despise. They reduced their portions AND raised their prices. Everything seems to be going up in price these days, so if they raised their prices a bit, that's certainly understandable, but, c'mon, why hit your customers with a double whammy like that....annoying, especially because they weren't all that, just convenient...not trying to get into a discussion about restos that do that....just venting a bit. Thanks again, everyone! I'm going to try all these....and whatever other suggestions that might come up....

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