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Affordable omakase

So I'm fully aware of the hundreds of sushi posts here, I've combed through most of them, my head is now spinning. What I'm asking from all you 'hounders is for something specific. My friend is moving, and I'm taking him to dinner this Thursday. He was the first person in LA to truly introduce me to REAL sushi (not just California rolls), and I want to toast our friendship by treating him to a good omakase.

Stipulations:
- I've got a budget of $100 (give or take), to include a couple glasses of sake or Sapporos. Ratio of sushi awesomeness to price will be highly taken into consideration.

- I'd rather it be an omakase or sushi, sashimi and the like. Would rather not see plates of teriyaki mixed into my orgy of fish. Unless of course, those izakaya-like plates just blow me out of the water.

- SFV, OC and South Bay are out.

- I've never done omakase before, so any place where the chefs will yell at me or blow me off because I'm a newbie, I'd rather save for another day when I'm feeling slightly masochistic.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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  1. suzhi zo. should be able to have a beer or 2 with the omakase for a bit over $100.

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    1. re: wilafur

      For two people with drinks $100 omakase will be difficult at Zo I think.

      1. re: Servorg

        doh. i should read vs scan. i was under the impression the OP's budget was $100pp.

        that being said, the OP may want to check out hide....cash only though.

        1. re: wilafur

          even at hide, an 'orgy of fish' is likely to run more than $50/per person including beverage and tip.

          1. re: westsidegal

            i'm a big eater and am able to get out of hide for +/- $55 with a beer.

            i applaud your voraciousness.

      2. re: wilafur

        gotta disagree
        i have omakase at sushi zo weekly.
        i intentionally limit myself so that the tab won't get prohibitive.

        even so, for two, with NO beverages, it's very hard to come in at that number. once you add tip and tax, i've NEVER been able to have an omakase for $50/person or less.

        one CAN, however, with careful ordering order from the menu and come in at $50/pp including beverage and tip.

        (maybe if you stop at taco plus (next door) and have a quesadilla before or after, you can get out of zo for a $50 omakase)

        most of the folks on this board report omakase at zo runs ~$75/pp or more BEFORE tip and beverage.

        1. re: westsidegal

          as mentioned above, i thought the OP's budget was $100pp. =)

      3. if you reconsider your refusal to go to the southbay,
        you can get an omakase at sushi ken on hawthorne blvd for an amount within your budget.
        still, at your price, it won't be an 'orgy of fish.'

        1. Not exactly sushi—they do great sashimi—but if you want to return the favor and (maybe) introduce him to great "home-style" japanese food why not try Wakasan on Westwood? Omakase (the only way to go) is about $35pp. That should leave plenty for sake or maybe some Sho-chu!

          1. I'm an avid omakase fan (Nozawa, Sasabune, Hiko, etc.). We had an exceptional and reasonable omakase dinner at Echigo in West L.A., I think around $40pp before sake.

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            1. re: jflo

              Respectfully disagree. Echi-don't-go.