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adevejian Aug 31, 2007 01:40 PM

Looking for an excellent gourmet Japanese joint aside from Nobu / Matsuhisa but not too expensive (like Urasawa) because a friend is treating us. I haven't been to any of the following places but maybe Orris, Wakasan, Maison Akira?

Thanks for any help.

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    WHills Aug 31, 2007 05:20 PM

    Sushi Iki in Tarzana if you are close to the valley.

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      silverlakebodhisattva Aug 31, 2007 05:05 PM

      I guess my question is whether you want more "gourmet" (i.e., fusion, innovative, atmospheric, hipitude) or more "Japanese". If the latter, I'm thinking Izayoi, Tama, Kappo Ishita

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      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
        adevejian Aug 31, 2007 05:17 PM

        I'm looking for an elegant atmosphere, with excellent food. Whether the food is authentic or not isn't really my concern for this particular night. Though, generally, I've found that traditional places excite me more than fusion-type places.

      2. Emme Aug 31, 2007 04:31 PM

        Takami the new rooftop sushi downtown.

        Also, I'm not sure if Thousand Cranes is what you're looking for.

        SHU in the Beverly Glen Centre is good--never had a bad meal, altho it is pricey.

        I don't think Chaya or Chaya Venice would be "gourmet Japanese," but I enjoy them both.

        1. wilafur Aug 31, 2007 02:27 PM


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          1. re: wilafur
            adevejian Aug 31, 2007 02:32 PM

            We've had Kagaya and it was great, though we'd like something other than shabu-shabu.

            1. re: adevejian
              wilafur Aug 31, 2007 04:39 PM

              how about omakase at sushi zo?

              1. re: wilafur
                adevejian Aug 31, 2007 05:15 PM

                Have had Zo as well. For some reason I'm more a Nozawa guy.. but after reading the countless suggestions for the omakase at Zo (we ordered from the list) I'm willing to give it another shot.

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            jkao1817 Aug 31, 2007 02:17 PM

            Personally I like Mako over the others.

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            1. re: jkao1817
              adevejian Aug 31, 2007 02:36 PM

              Thanks. Any specific entrees you prefer?

              1. re: adevejian
                jkao1817 Aug 31, 2007 03:25 PM

                Have him do his omakase.

                But get the Lamb Chops, fried oysters, and whole fried fish.


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