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KAITEN-SUSHI DAICHAN on Sawtelle

Someone from this board suggested I give this place a go, and despite my trepidations, I LOVED it!! Very clean, revolving conveyor belt restaurant in the Olympic collection. Incredibly fresh fish at GREAT prices, and soooooooooooo fun, especially with a child. They make anything you want to order as well. Three of us ate ourselves silly for 48.00 tonight, and the best part..PINKBERRY is right downstairs!!

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  1. We went last night too, after a failed trip last week (can you believe the entire plaza lost power for a whole day?)

    Four of us ate for about $20 after tax and tip, so definitely in the same price range.

    And for your viewing pleasure: http://www.chezpei.com/2007/06/kaiten...

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    1. re: Pei

      Hey Pei, nice writeup and photos... after having some very mediocre experiences (at best) at those conveyor-type sushi places in LA as well as in Asia, I've always passed as the novelty wore off pretty fast for me. But this place looks like a mild thumbs-up with a happy face to boot... but please - no strong-arm tactics, okay? Like line-caught fish, I bruise easy... Those home-brew eight-ounce curls actually work!

    2. Note that while Daichan Restaurant on Ventura and Eureka in Studio City is an excellent restaurant in its own right, it is not related to the Daichan on Sawtelle. Daichan Studio City is a "homestyle" Japanese restaurant -- they do have a few kinds of sushi, mostly chirashi, but they do not specialise in it.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Pei, HOW did FOUR OF YOU eat for 20 DOLLARS? Are you on a diet?

        1. re: cupcake

          Hehe, I meant 20 each! Oh gosh, $20 total wouldn't have even been enough for a snack!

          1. re: Pei

            Seriously, why does noone ever mention this place? I am already plotting my next visit.

            1. re: cupcake

              The "fun factor" of this place is just great.

              1. re: cupcake

                Hehe, we just went again tonight. Spent a little more this time, almost 100 total for three people (including a $12 bottle of sake). It was quite empty for a Friday evening, even when we left around 8 p.m. I didn't realize last time how deep the restaurant in. That conveyor belt goes on forever!

                1. re: Pei

                  Pei, what did you have? Any special rolls? And did you know that until yesterday, I was under the assumption that you were a "he"?
                  Also, did you go to Pinkberry?
                  Did you try the "my" roll at the restaurant?

                  1. re: cupcake

                    I love this place also. I was hesitant at first, but found out it was great. My fav roll is the spider roll. It is very cheap. 2.00 for yellow and blue plates. 4 for the red plates.

                    1. re: cupcake

                      LOL. No worries. It's often impossible to tell from people's handles alone. Did you mistake me for famous architect I.M. Pei? :)

                      Glad you went back to the restaurant again! I went Wednesday and yesterday...we keep missing each other!

                      One word about the uni: it's not bad (at least as good as what you can buy at Nijiya on a good day, though certainly no Sushi-Zo), but they squeeze a little lemon on it! J and I were totally surprised. He said he almost spat his out before he realized what was going on. Next time I might ask for them not to add it. It was an interesting combination to try, but not a winner for me.

                    2. re: Pei

                      i really like dai chan so i'm glad to finally see this place get some love here on chowhound. it's not zo or urasawa or even kiriko, but it's fun, cheap, and the fish is fresh/good enough to fall in the "good" category for sure. great sushi on a budget, which is what i've been looking for these days.

                      1. re: rameniac

                        I went back again tonight, two days after my initial visit. YUM!!