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Family friendly -- but good! -- sushi in Valley?

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Hey, Hounds.

The Mr. and I are longing for some sushi tonight, and we'll be bringing our 4-year old. He (the 4 year old) behaves well, tastes everything and likes most. But I wouldn't feel comfortable bringing him to any really fancy & quiet, or staid sushi bar. What's the best place to bring him, in that ultra-rich sushi neighborhood of Studio City/Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood?

Thanks!

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  1. Tama Sushi, an oft-recommended place on this board, would probably be OK for a well-behaved child. I've seen families there. As always, the key with any 4 y.o. is attention span - getting in & out before he gets tired of sitting around. In my experiences at Tama, I've gotten prompt service (but without feeling rushed).

    1. Kids are always welcome at Iwata, and lots eat there on a regular basis. Ventura Blvd. across the parking lot from the El Torito just east of Van Nuys Blvd.

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        1. re: hambriento

          Thanks for the suggestions. We chose Tama over Iwata, but only because it's closer to our home. We had a beautiful, lovely meal, and our son was fine. We did get "the eye" from a few patrons as we walked in (or was that because we were all in shorts at 7pm? Hey, it's freakin hot in the valley today.). But I know we didn't give anyone cause to complain or feel that their meal or ambience was harmed by the presence of my kid. He ate: masago, yellowtail, sunomono, tempura shrimp, some eel and avocado roll, and that beautiful spinich appetizer roll thingy. I love my kid, and every time he eats like this it just blows my mind how many parents feed their kids nothing but mac & cheese and chicken nuggets. (my kid does love those, too, but he eats EVERYTHING.)