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Great sushi on Ventura Blvd. from Calabasas to Sherman Oaks: where?

Okay, I'm looking for great sushi at a reasonable price around Ventura Blvd. between Calabasas and Sherman Oaks. Ideally, I want to spend no more than $50 to $60 per person, definitely no more than $80 pp. I'm more into the traditional sushi, rolls, and sashimi. I want really fresh fish and love giant clam, toro, blue fin, tuna, yellowtail, eel. I'm not that into fusion and not that into presentation, gold leafs, etc.

I like Brother's and Little Brother's sushi but am looking for something a notch up. I really like Shibuya in Calabasas, so if I can't find anything better, I will go back. But, I'm hoping someone can suggest something better than Shibuya.

I've seen suggestions for 4 on 6 and Asenabo (sp?).

I read the review on Go's Mart, but it seemed a little too expensive and too fusion/too into presentation for me.

What would you recommend for great sushi, great sashimi (giant clam, toro, etc.), for the price above with no alcohol?

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  1. Shibuya in Calabasas. Fresh sushi. It's in a small strip mall, and lines start to form before the restaurant opens. Small inside, and the food is awesome.

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    1. re: artsage

      So, I'm boring. I went back to Shibuya in Calabasas for another yummy dinner. I went at around 5:40 p.m. on a Friday night. They open at 5:30 p.m. It was full at that point, so we were finally seated at 6:15ish. But, it was well-worth the wait.

      Here is what we ordered for 2 people:
      1) Seafood Salad (the absolute best sashimi salad around, perfectly dressed with big pieces of sashimi, with roe on top for a nice tasty tecture....I thought Brother's had a good version, but Shibuya's Seafood Salad is the best)
      2) Miso soup
      3) Yellowtail sashimi
      4) Giant clam sashimi
      5) Spicy Scallop Roll
      6) Shibuya Roll (shrimp tempura, asparagus, spicy tuna, crab...excellent roll!)
      7) Toro sushi (very yummy)
      8) Live blue sweet shrimp sushi (smaller but more buttery than the large prawns; came with fried heads)
      9) Monk fish liver appetizer (came w/ 3 big pieces)

      Total before tip: $110 for 2. (not bad, and very yummy meal...) I wonder if Sushi Iki can beat this for this price.

      1. re: WHills

        Monkfish liver! They had ankimo this late in the year! Awesome! 8^o

    2. Well, before I read that you like Brothers I was going to recommend that, but what about:

      1) Sushi Iki in Tarzana - I haven't been, but has gotten great reviews on this board.

      2) Sushi House of Taka (just off Ventura Blvd., on Van Nuys Blvd. just south of the 101 freeway) - fits the bill perfectly. Great sushi (I love the halibut, yellowtail, albacore, and spanish mackerel and japanese scallop). They also have sashimi, etc. Our current favorite neighborhood place.

      Asanebo doesn't really do sushi, it's more of a sashimi place, and probably too into presentation for your tastes (however, quality is very high) + it's in Studio City, which is way past SO. If you were willing to go that far, what about Tama, Teru or Iroha? All will fit the bill nicely.

      Good luck, let us know where you ended up!

      GK in SO

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      1. re: GK in SO

        I liked Sushi Iki in Tarzana, but I would hardly call it "reasonably priced," which the OP requested. I dropped over $100 for lunch for one, and it was a pretty quick lunch too as I was rushed for an appointment.

        1. re: omotosando

          I avoid the live items and can stay within the OPs price range. The sushi is cut in very large pieces, which offsets the price. Most of the nigiri is between $6 and $10, so choosing carefully will stay in budget. I think the fish is far and away the best in the Valley. The downside is that a lot of items (e.g. scallop, uni) you would normally be able to order at most restaurants just as nigiri are only served at Iki as "live" items for $20 or more a serving. The "live" scallop was served as a very good scallop nigiri plus some of disappointing dynamite made with the rest of the scallop. I would have preferred to pay $10 for the nigiri only.

        2. re: GK in SO

          ABSOLUTELY second that for Taka. We're Thursday night regulars and love it. Rools are delicious and HUGE

          1. re: GK in SO

            Going to Iroha (my son's favorite neighborhood sushi) soon. What should we order (my son gets stuck ordering the same thing each time)? We aren't terribly experienced sushi eaters, but we are pretty adventurous.

            1. re: gsElsbeth

              Iroha isn't cheap. Not much too adventurous there. Just ask them for Omakase, really. Leave yourself in thier hands. Still, in my experiece, their itame are not really all that knowledgeable about more than the basics and their "theme rolls" (read, not real sushi)

          2. Funny, my two suggestions upon reading the title would have been Shibuya and the Brothers.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              We just discovered EDO Sushi on Ventura near Fallbrook. We really liked their Jennifer or Jessica's special- raw ahi chopped wrapped in slices of avocado with 3 different sauces on the plate...YUM!

            2. House of Taka is a darn good place

              Asanebo may stretch your budget, as will 4 on 6 or Ike..but you COULD do it if you were careful. When I can, I save up for them to really go to town!

              1. Katsu-Ya in Encino or 4 on 6 at the far northerly end of the Office Depot center in Encino would be two good choices, and basically across the street from each other.

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                1. re: carter

                  The hype of Katsu Ya is more than it can live up to, especially for someone into more traditional sushi. It's sort of like a better done Sushi Dan-they have better food than Sushi-Dan, but they mostly thrive on doing themey, non-traditional rolls for gwai lo (sp?)

                  1. re: Diana

                    gai jin is probably the right term for a Japanese restaurant

                    1. re: Diana

                      Gwai lo(sp) means white(or American) devil in Chinese. Its not exactly an enduring term so I am not sure what the relevance is in describing people who enjoy non-traditional sushi.

                      1. re: jasonsha

                        It's called "Diana confused two terms for white people and ended up lookig stupid"

                        What I was trying to put across was the idea that most sushi places do a whole bunch of crappy, over done, over sauced theme rolls that some of the more un-experienced American people go bananas for-but that would not be served at traditional japanese sushi places. Sushi Dan is an example of he worst kind of offender. katsu-ya does it with more class, but still does it. Like that awful spicy tuna covered in a mound of salty, fried onions. Eeew.

                        At least katsu ya does some traditional things.

                        Now, I enjoy a theme roll every now and again. Sort of like whe I go to the State Fair once a year and splurge on a corn dog or "tostada salad" You know, junk food.

                    2. re: carter

                      Katsu-Ya is no Katsu so stick with 4 on 6...=)