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Trendy Sushi help, pleaseeee!

Hi! First time poster and I'm new to LA. My gf and I are looking for a very trendy sushi place...something along the lines of Koi (the only trendy-ish place we've been to in LA so far). We're from NY and have dined in places like Tao, Megu so something like that would be perfect! We like the fun rolls of Sushi Samba with the ambiance of Koi. We're driving from OC but wouldn't mind driving all the way up to West Hollywood if need be.

Thanks for any help! =)

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    1. If you want a scene, Katana is the place. Can't speak for the sushi, but sounds like that's your 2nd priority:)

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      1. re: ElJeffe

        second katana [for your purposes].

        you might also consider blowfish on sunset. very samba-ish from what i gather [although since the sushi is apparently ot worth the prices, i haven't bothered trying it mysef.]

        8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

        Blowfish Sushi To Die For
        9229 W Sunset Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          third these recs.

          kumo sushi is new and roll happy in hollywood.

          nobu out in malibu is more expensive, but certainly scene-y too with an almost guaranteed celeb sighting.

          unfortunately, sushi roku (a place i normally don't recommend) is trendy, scene-y and big on "fun rolls."

          1. re: Emme

            i just couldn't bring myself to recommend roku. the bev ctr location is fine for what it is, but the one in s.m. is truly horrid.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              i know, but given that the OP likes koi... roku ain't too far off, but i concur that the 3rd st location is better than sm where the tables are even more closely assembled to enlighten patrons on how it feels to be a sardine.

              1. re: Emme

                Feeling like a sardine there would be particularly disturbing since it is a sushi restaurant.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            These are two great recommendations on trendy sushi joints. I think Blowfish, while being trendy, actually has some pretty good sushi and rolls.

            Another one you might want to check out is Geisha House. I would say the food is average at best, but the scene is very trendy/hollywood.


        2. Sushi Roku. Either the 3rd Street location or the Santa Monica location would fit the bill. The sushi is so-so, though at times it can be decent. It's high-priced for what it is. But you'll get a trendy setting, no doubt.

          1. Geez, is anything Trendier with a capital "t" than Geisha House? You pay dearly for it, too. For "Fun Rolls" you could visit Sushi Dan (oh, ick)

            Katsu Ya in Hollywood (??) is pretty trendy right now, too.

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            1. re: Diana

              Katsuya in Hollywood hasn't opened yet.

              1. re: hrhboo

                This Thursday it opens. I'm going to try to duck in and get a fusion roll of some sort. It'll be interesting: Geisha House doesn't get packed, so if the two are splitting customers then both will end up suffering. Perhaps Starck's goal is to actually draw customers away from Kabuki nearby, which always seems to be busy (their restaurant is slightly below street level, and so passersby can look in and see the entire restaurant).

            2. Don't go to Sushi Roku - it's awful. Also, isn't Katana owned by the same group that's Sushi Roku.

              For trendy sushi I would go to Katsuya.

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              1. re: LMelba

                yes, it's the same group - they own boa as well.

                i agree, the food at the s.m. location of roku is awful, and the service is even worse.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  To be clear, I was not advocating eating at Sushi Roku. I was only offering them up as an example of a trendy sushi place. I am going to the trouble of posting this clarification in the hopes that my street cred is not irreparably damaged.

                  1. re: glutton

                    i think we all understood that, and your cred remains intact :) you did qualify that it was so-so sushi.

                    i was merely pointing out that our new friends [and ayone else, for that matter] might be better off avoiding the s.m. location.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Yep understood, you did say it was so-so, I just wouldn't want to recommend something that is that bad - Sushi Roku was the worst sushi I've ever had. I'd put Ralph's market sushi at a higher mark then Sushi Roku. Trendy yes, but I stand by my statement that the food is awful - and that's putting it lightly.

                      PS: Boa terrible too. I don't understand how places like these stay open.

              2. Tengu in SM would work well, and is closer than WeHo.

                1. if you like megu, then you should think about kumo, which just opened on melrose...the decor is stunning (more along the lines of morimoto in nyc) and the place has a great sushi bar and, like megu, a menu with a lot of interesting cooked items. definitely worth a try

                  1. I don't spend much time in the OC but reading all of these suggestions puts me under the impression that the OC has _zero_ trendy sushi spots. Is that really the case?

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                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                      OC is too conservative to be trendy ...

                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        that would be mosun sushi in laguna beach. the sushi at mosun is actually quite palatable for a trendy spot. the mirugai is fantastic.

                        1. re: wilafur

                          i think wasa is very good in newport beach...they have at least one other location down there, although i have only been to the NB location...

                      2. Crazy Fish - amazing sushi and one always sees stars there - does that qualify as trendy? decor-wise its not the most shih-shih, but the celeb factor brings it up a notch.

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                        1. re: khanafanatic

                          Stars would qualify it as trendy. Amazing sushi would qualify it as a miracle.

                          1. re: khanafanatic

                            the only "amazing" thing about that place is that they've somehow managed to stay open in a city teeming with scores of places that serve better fish...in less obnoxious environments.

                            yes, it's a "scene." for twenty-something hipsters willing to wait - often for more than an hour - to eat bizarre combinations of sub-par fish that's been battered, deep-fried, and doused in sauce, most likely in an attempt to hide the fact that the product wasn't very good to begin with.

                            the majority of what they serve there in no way resembles actual sushi.

                            they should change the name to fubar fish.

                            1. re: khanafanatic

                              arrggh..no not crazy fish ..i have mixed this up with Hirozen..i was thinking crazy fish as that was the place we did NOT go to. Hirozen - that was high quality sushi.

                            2. 1.katana
                              2.sushi roku (3rd street location) - they get first dibs on fresh fish,
                              3.blowfish to die for
                              4.crazy fish.
                              5.katsuya brentwood

                              if you want a Tao experience, Katana is probably your best bet. they have ok food, its a great place for people watching (sit on the patio), service is OK, the music is hip - carefully selected tracks by the best downtempo dj's out there, and it's in the heart of Hollywood. takami would be great but they're pretty new.

                              have fun!

                              1. You're from NY, driving up from OC, and want something like Koi and Tao? Definitely go to Katana. Maybe even Geisha House. I've never been to Blowfish, so I can't comment on that.

                                Crazy Fish? You must be ... Crazy. Who's going to drive 2 hours to eat at a strip mall on Olympic when they're looking for a scene? Sushi Roku is a little closer to what the OP is looking for, but definitely a step down in decor/vibe from Katana and GH.

                                1. Hey, thanks a ton for all the replies! soooo many places to choose from!

                                  1. man, read through this thread twice...i really hope LA lives up to the great places we've been to in nyc. i wasn't actually too thrilled about morimotos, btw. anyways, it'll be tough to replicate the nyc vibe, but from what i hear, cali has better sushi...

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                                    1. re: jyl246

                                      As a fellow guy from back east (NJ) who has been exploring LA's culinary diversity for 10+ years, please consider my advice that LA has so much more to offer than "trendy sushi".

                                      There are at least three distinct Japanese neighborhoods (Gardena, closest to you, has an extremely large Japanese population) which serves up not only sushi but all kinds of great Japanese food to...... wait for it........ ACTUAL Japanese people! Be warned though, once you start eating decent sushi you'll have a hard time paying 3x as much for the rubbery, flavorless stuff at Sushi Roku.

                                      Do a search on Chowhound for:

                                      LIttle Tokyo (it's not called Japan Town, though many peopel call it that)
                                      Sawtelle (just west of the 405, north of Olympic)

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