Non-foodie sushi places!
Ok this is chow hound so we're all about good food. I'm all for that. However sometimes i'm looking for a good time with friends as opposed to a Zen experience with the perfect piece of raw fish.
In a sentence: Has to be a fun place for a bunch of friends in their 20's, but still have decent sushi and not break the bank.
Atmosphere: Stunning decor is not required, but not a place with a cafetria or diner type feel to it. Most importantly, has to be lively and fun for a bunch of friends out at an evening dinner.
Food: A full sushi menu with at least "decent" quality is a requirement, but NOT limited to just sushi. Some people in the group will definitely want their dragon and spider rolls. A good drink selection would be a plus, but as long as there is something alcoholic in the place, it should be fine.
Location: The west side. Santa Monica, WLA, West Hollywood, etc.
Price: Affordable! Something around $20-$40 pp. Please do not suggest sushi roku.
From what i've read Musha on Wilshire sounded kind of like what i'm describing, but i'm not sure how much of a sushi place it is and what their prices are like. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
En Sushi on Santa Monica Blvd. in West L.A. -- Fresh sushi, affordable, and hip decor. I love Musha for their tapas, but like some of the others have said, their rating dropped to a C! Yikes.
I second U-Zen. Another possibility is Hakata on Wilshire. They have a wide selection of sushi rolls, cooked food, and a full bar. They can also accommodate a reasonable sized group. It's our neighborhood sushi joint and sports bar.
Musha is fun, but has almost no sushi, and it's not the reason to go there. Also, they aren't open for lunch, dinner only (not sure what you were planning). If you want an izakaya with more sushi, Sasaya on Santa Monica (not too far up the street from U-Zen) has rainbow rolls and a few other sushi offerings in addition to other izakaya treats. Shochu cocktails, beer, wine, and sake (similar to Musha). Also, 6pm on as well.
The Canal Club, though possible to get expensive, is perfect for what you want.
Also, Yabu on Pico and Kifune on Washington
Taka-Sushi (yummy shiitake salad!!!)
The Hump is probably too pricey.
In WeHo, Katana and Koi I fear would blow the bank too, but they are sushi/Japanese/fusion cuisine. More reasonable in the area is Umai on Santa Monica.
I do second Chaya Venice and Akwa.