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Foodandwine Jul 19, 2007 09:50 AM

Going for my maiden try today or tomorrow for lunch. I have heard to go late in the day if you care not to wait. What should I order? and how inexpensive is this place?? Will $25 feed me fairly well??

  1. ladius Jul 20, 2007 08:29 AM

    Just remember to bring cash (no credit cards accepted). They do have an ATM inside tho.

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      zoomchic Jul 19, 2007 02:16 PM

      I use to go to Hide but was unimpressed after branching out. I did end up there 2 weeks ago when Kiriko was unexpectedly closed. For $7 more, I would go to Kiriko and order their Omakase lunch. Really fresh and delicious and not a zoo.

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        vinosnob Jul 19, 2007 01:55 PM

        I'd go to Echigo for their lunch special and maybe add on a few items. Last time I was there, the lunch special was $12 for 5-6 pieces of nigiri and a blue crab hand roll.

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          waterisgood Jul 19, 2007 04:43 PM

          While I do really like the blue crab handroll at Echico, I respectfully disagree about choosing Echigo over Hide for lunch. I think Hide has much better quality cuts of fish and better presentation. The dishes at Echigo are a little sloppy, and their rice is a little too vinegry for my taste. Atmosphere is also better at Hide, in my opinion. Out of the "moderately priced" sushi restaurants, Hide is by far my favorite.

        2. Foodandwine Jul 19, 2007 10:40 AM

          Hmm any reviews??

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            Servorg Jul 19, 2007 10:57 AM

            It's fine for what it is. Maybe the best of the "inexpensive" sushi places without considering the "all you can eat" places. No fancy rolls. Normally good spicy tuna, scallops, etc. You should be okay with $25 worth of sushi as long as you're not a huge eater.

            Cash only.

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              Foodandwine Jul 19, 2007 11:32 AM

              thanks for the advice servog! anyone else care to chime in. I guess I am not being flooded with Praise for this spot..

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                estone888 Jul 19, 2007 11:41 AM

                I was there for lunch the other day. It's okay, but only okay for the price. If I remember correctly, I had four orders (two pieces each) of sushi: maguro, aji, hamachi and hirame. None of it was great, by a longshot, but it wasn't bad and it cost me right around $25. I don't know that there's anywhere any better for the money. It does beat the all you can eat sushi places. But when I want sushi I'd rather spend more money and get a lot better sushi.

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                  spicychow Jul 19, 2007 11:55 AM

                  I agree, Hide is just okay for me. I used to like it a lot more few years ago, but last time I was there for dinner, I was pretty disappointed. There are just so many better sushi restaurants in LA, I'd rather spend more and go to another place.

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                  WBGuy Jul 19, 2007 09:37 PM

                  Hide has a comfortable, neighborhood sushi restaurant feel. I go there often, because it's within walking distance to my place; it's our lazy Sunday lunch option. While the fish is usually pretty good (as long as you sit at the counter where you can eat it right away), I wouldn't call their sushi great by any means. If you live nearby, or want a good value for your money, Hide won't disappoint.

                  However if you want a sushi "experience", you'll likely find it elsewhere. Hide only does plain, no-nonsense sushi.

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                WestsideLisa Jul 19, 2007 12:10 PM

                I've been going for years, and I still like Hide. I agree that it is not the best sushi in LA, but I think it has a good price to performance ratio...and it's absolutely fine for a lunch or a quick dinner. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fantastic dining experience or a special occasion restaurant, then it's probably not the best bet. Some items I like are toro, sweet shrimp, aji, albacore, scallops and hamachi. If you want rolls, you can try spicy tuna, yellowtail & scallion, salmon skin, or eel & avocado.

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