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KAITEN-SUSHI DAICHAN on Sawtelle

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cupcake Jun 7, 2007 08:50 PM

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!!

  1. Pei Jun 8, 2007 12:30 AM

    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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      bulavinaka Jun 9, 2007 05:49 AM

      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. Das Ubergeek Jun 8, 2007 08:14 AM

      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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        cupcake Jun 8, 2007 08:43 AM

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

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          Pei Jun 8, 2007 09:01 AM

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

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            cupcake Jun 8, 2007 09:34 PM

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

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              cupcake Jun 8, 2007 09:35 PM

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

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                Pei Jun 8, 2007 09:41 PM

                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!

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                  cupcake Jun 8, 2007 09:54 PM

                  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?

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                    lisamp29 Jun 8, 2007 11:10 PM

                    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.

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                      Pei Jun 9, 2007 07:54 PM

                      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.

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                      rameniac Jun 9, 2007 01:56 AM

                      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.

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                        cupcake Jun 9, 2007 07:47 PM

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

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