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Inexpensive sushi platters in the Valley or Westside?

sparklegem Jan 6, 2008 07:08 PM

Any suggestions for inexpensive to go sushi platters in the valley or on the westside? I need to pick up a lot of sushi for a party of twenty children; most will want cuccumber rolls. Will be traveling from Santa Monica to the party in Woodland Hills.

Thank You!!

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    brandygirl RE: sparklegem Jan 6, 2008 10:29 PM

    Gelson's is the only grocery store where I will buy sushi, and it's much cheaper than the restaurants. They might be able to make a platter including cucumber rolls if you call ahead and ask.

    1. mnosyne RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 02:01 AM

      The Nijiya Market on Sawtelle between Olympic and LaGrange is a best bet for fresh and inexpensive sushi platters. They have a wide assortment, and make up lots of kid-size pieces.

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        aliris RE: mnosyne Jan 7, 2008 05:32 AM

        Wow; who knew? Thanks for the suggestion! I was going to suggest Costco, but it's really gross. But if cost matters and "quality" doesn't (I hesitate to call it quality of any sort -- that implies there's sushi involved, which basically there is only nominally), this might maybe work...Nijiya is a great suggestion!!

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        sparklegem RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 04:24 AM

        Thank you both for the great suggestions! I think that we will go with Nijiya. We shop there often and our daughter loves their sushi. I have never odered a sushi platter. Should call it in, go in the day before and set up an order or do they make it up while I wait? Is it usually cheaper then purchasing the small pakages and making your own platter?

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          mnosyne RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 08:07 AM

          You can call it in, but if you drop by the store, you can see photographs of all the platters they offer, and make sure you get what you want. It's definitely cheaper than buying the small packs. They'll give you chopsticks, wasabi and soy sauce with your order. I'm not sure how much advance notice they need--I usually order the day before.

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          Diana RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 07:41 AM

          Hope its not too late! The best and most affordable platters are from Farm Boy in Sherman oaks, in the same center as Trader Joe's. It's on Riverside.

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            ebethsdad RE: Diana Jan 7, 2008 07:46 AM

            Second this. Farm Boy is the best.

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              waxfondler RE: ebethsdad Jan 7, 2008 08:19 AM

              Is Farm Boy a grocery store like Trader joes?

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                Debbie W RE: waxfondler Jan 7, 2008 08:21 AM

                No, they have produce, flowers, sushi, self-serve froyo, and some nuts and honeys. No frozen goods or dairy or anything.

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                  Diana RE: Debbie W Jan 7, 2008 08:25 AM

                  well, froyo is dairy, usually.

                  They also have take home and make korean galbi bbq (yum) a few dried fruits and candies and such. The sushi there is amazingly fresh and well done. The platters are huge and really affordable. Plus, they're really great to customers.

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                    waxfondler RE: Diana Jan 7, 2008 08:34 AM

                    Thanks. Im always at Trader Joes so i will mos def try Farm Boy.

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                      CinnamonKitten RE: Diana Jan 7, 2008 04:13 PM

                      Farm Boy really satisfies! Their to go sushi is the best sushi of it's kind that I've had. Really fresh, really nice pieces of fish and the rice is seasoned very nicely too!

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              bophisto RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 10:18 AM

              In addition to the Sherman Oaks Farmboy there is also a newer one in West L.A on Overland close to the 10 in Palms Area. if that would be more convenient for some reason.

              3101 Overland Avenue
              Los Angeles, CA 90034
              (310) 836-0707

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                sparklegem RE: sparklegem Jan 7, 2008 01:46 PM


                Thank you for the Farm Boy suggestion. It is not too late. The party is Saturday and I will be in the Valley on Wednesday; so I will go check it out. That way maybe we can sample both Farm Boy and Nijiya, take a look at what they offer and even compare prices. I let you know with what we come up with.

                Thank you for all the great input!!

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                  mungus RE: sparklegem Jan 8, 2008 10:46 AM

                  I've been to both (west LA Farm Boy, not SO). I'd go with Nijiya. Their sushi is a little more, this sounds weird, but precise. Less mushy, cleaner looking and tasting. Not that FB is bad or dirty, just slightly gummier?

                  But they are both decent though. Also, Mitsuwa is okay. Have a great party!

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                    Diana RE: mungus Jan 8, 2008 11:18 AM

                    I've tried both, and I still prefer Farm Boy. I didn't find it gummy. And it was beautifully presented!

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                      mungus RE: Diana Jan 8, 2008 01:23 PM

                      Maybe I just caught an off batch. Time to revisit!

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                  sparklegem RE: sparklegem Mar 20, 2008 04:20 AM

                  We ended up going with Nijiya. It was perfect.

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