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Sushi Style & Substance in LA?

I've been to and love Nozawa but am wondering if anyone has any recs for a sushi place that has incredible sushi with great atmosphere. not looking for traditional only. thanks!

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    1. re: russkar

      No kidding. Make that two millenia.

    2. You know, I'll put my .02 in for two neighborhood joints that I like a lot. One is Hirozen on Beverly, which is a nice little spot with great quality also.

      The other is Sushi Ike on Hollywood and Gower. Definitely not as "saucy" as Hirozen, which makes for a more focused meal but still quite good.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        FWIW, Bette Midler used to be a regular at Sushi Ike.

      2. I second the Hirozen rec.

        For more atmosphere and less substance, there's always Katana. And at least there, you can get a good buzz on with their yummy cocktails, or try their robata skewers for a nice twist.

        1. I think Sushi Ike in Tarzana is good, and the design is gorgeous. I complimented the owner on the design and he proudly told me that he designed the place himself. It's small and simple, but very elegant - what the Japanese call "shibui". However, I'm not sure if by "great atmosphere," you are looking for shibui, or something more flashy and theatrical.

          1. You might like the Hump.

            1. My two faves are Asanebo (primarily for sashimi) and Tama (primarily for sushi).

              1. Nishimura in BH is a wonderful spot, both for food and for quiet ambience. Small, with a small entry garden. THere are only a few tables and a small sushi bar.

                The sushi is incredible, and he has some unusual takes on traditional fare.

                1. Would you consider any of these places "romantic" ?

                    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                      The person i'm taking for their bday told me Hamasaku is their favorite. I think it's good, but i think there's better.

                    2. Katsu-ya in Studio City is a favorite of ours for interesting sushi confections, though they also have high quality sashimi and nigiri. Stick the specials board for your best bet and make sure to make a reservation because the tiny place is mobbed with lines up the wazoo by 6pm.

                      Katsu-Ya has more glamourous locations in Brentwood and elsewhere if you're looking for something with more ambiance for a special occasion, though the original in Studio City is noted to be better.


                      11680 Ventura Blvd.
                      Studio City,CA 91604
                      (818) 985-6976

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                      1. re: poptisserie

                        so far away from traditional, you may as well go to McDonald's.

                        Good for theme rolls and such..well they used to be.

                        Seriously. And quality plummeted when toshi quit, several years ago.

                        1. re: Diana

                          I agree that it's far from traditional and it really depends on whether you want authentic sushi or just looking for something to break the monotony.

                          I wouldn't put it on the level of McDonald's, unless you're trying to imply that Katsu-ya is so commercialized that it now appeals to the masses. Yes, it has multiple locations. Yes, if you come with the expectation that you're going to sit down to a traditional omakase meal, you're going to be disappointed. And yes, Katsu-ya is popular to palates of all sizes and colors. But it's not a cartoonish Disneyland-esque spectacle of a sushi restaurant--a more proper comparison would be a conveyor belt sushi place or even the Gonpachi remodel in Beverly Hills.

                          People dont come to Katsu-ya because they're looking for California rolls and maki that are mild-mannered and unoffensive to the non-sushi eater. They come because every once in awhile, when you eat out that much, it takes a little more than just fresh and traditional to impress the senses.

                      2. I second Asanebo. Really good traditional sushi, nice atmosphere, good service.

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                        1. re: Diana

                          Thanks for the suggestions. I really appreciate it. didn't think it would be so difficult to find a master chef, mind blowing sushi + ambience.