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

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mrs. fitzwilliam darcy Jul 3, 2007 06:05 PM

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!

  1. Debbie W Jul 3, 2007 06:28 PM

    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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      hambriento Jul 3, 2007 07:45 PM

      second Iwata

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        mrs. fitzwilliam darcy Jul 3, 2007 08:29 PM

        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.)

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      Jack Flash Jul 3, 2007 06:13 PM

      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).

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