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Dec 8, 2007 05:50 AM

Sushi on Westside

Used to live in the city of angels and am visiting soon for a few days. Wanted to know what new/old sushi places are good on westside? Used to go to Hana Sushi on wilshire in brentwood back in the 80's but dont know if its still around. On a different topic what about dim sum? Empress pavilion downtown was the place? Thanks for your chow help everyone.

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  1. Sushi Zo in West LA (right on the border of Culver City) is "the" sushi place on the westside.

    If you have an unlimited sushi budget you might want to also check out Sushi Mori at the intersection of Gateway Blvd. and Pico (just west of the 405 Fwy / Sepulveda Blvd.) for comparison purposes.

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    1. re: Servorg

      TY Serv,
      I also remember a place on wilshire upstairs in a strip mall? Does it sound familiar? I wanna say off of barrington but maybe not.

      1. re: eatnbmerry

        Your thinking or Echigo which is on Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Bundy upstairs in a mini mall. Not the same quality as Zo or Mori, but we like it. It gets some negative comments here because they use "warm" rice with their sushi.

        1. re: eatnbmerry

          It's Asakuma you are talking about. At corner of Wilshire & Barrington.

          1. re: fdb

            TY to all for your help. Is hana still around?

            1. re: eatnbmerry

              Yes but it has had some really bad / downhill alerts here lately.

      2. I had a lunch at Sushi Masu yesterday and it was great!

        1. I'll recommend Kiriko on Sawtelle for sushi. And Zo is really easy to get to since it's a stone's throw from the National exit on the 10. If you're willing to travel a bit further east, there's Hirozen on Beverly. There's also a really traditional edo-style place on Sepulveda whose name escapes me, but I ducked in one time when Zo was closed.

          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          1. My favorite is Hide Sushi on Sawtelle. I always get sea urchin sushi, monkfish liver sushi, spicy tuna roll and yellowtail scallion roll.

            Sushi Karen in Culver City is pretty good too. Their amberjack is delicious.

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            1. re: eileen216

              Finally someone who has eaten at Sushi Karen! I've driven by that place a million times. OK, I'm going.

              Eileen216, do you agree as a recent eater with any of this old review:



              1. re: gadflier

                i went to sushi karen once.
                never again.
                not one piece of fish that was better than mediocre, most were worse.

                1. re: gadflier

                  Yes, I agree with the review. Sushi Karen is not fancy, but they serve decent & fresh sushi with reasonable price.

                  1. re: eileen216

                    Westsidegal, in all seriousness, what sushi places DO you like, as you clearly hate the two you mentioned?

                    Eileen, I went to Karen for lunch this week based solely on your review, and thought it was quite good. Big pieces of fish, fresh but not sublime, very well priced, left me alone to sit at a table for 4 as a solo without insisting on me sitting at the bar. I'll go again, and thanks.

                    1. re: gadflier

                      if Sushi Zo is open, that is my first pick.
                      Sushi Sushi on beverly near olympic is my second pick
                      if it's a Sunday, Hide sushi is my third pick, but i won't get the ankimo anymore.
                      I can also be quite happy at Kiriko.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Thanks for answering. We agree on Zo. I've been meaning to try Kiriko for some time, used to go to Hide but not in a while. Sushi Sushi is new to me, and they will be my next lunch!

                2. re: eileen216

                  I've gotta nix Sushi Karen.
                  Had an abysmal meal there about 5 months ago.
                  Will NEVER go back.
                  (to top it off the place even smelled bad).

                  I like Hide too, but after you've had the monkfish liver at Sushi Zo, you will be ruined for anyplace else... .

                3. Top Westside sushi joints (my 2 cents') as of December 8, 2007...

                  5. Mori (Pico) $$$$
                  4. Yuzando (Sawtelle) $$$
                  3. The Hump (Santa Monica Airport) $$$$
                  2. Sushi Zo (National) $$$
                  1. Kiriko (Sawtelle) $$$

                  Special corporate account/fat wallet category award goes to: Urasawa $$$$$+

                  2 more cents: Echi-DON'T-go...

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    If you want the best $$ options, go to Sushi King on Wilshire or Hama Sushi on Windward in Venice.

                    I saw Hirozen listed but no refernces to the food. Haven't been there yet but I hear its a gem so may be worth a try as well.