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Has probably been discussed: Good quality, moderate priced sushi in LA?

mpr86 Jan 26, 2008 06:38 PM

I am sure this has been beaten to death, and yes yes there is no cheap good sushi.

Lately have been trying out a lot of new places, and generally tend to visit Hide about once a week.

So far the best places I have dined at are:
Nozawa, Sasabune, Hiko, Go 55, Katsu-ya, Iroha, Blowfish, Roku, HamaSaku, Matsuhisa etc.

They all have their highs and lows, but Hide continues to stay on top due to their fresh fish, great prices, and consistency.

Lately I have been wanting to find somewhere new that has very similar prices to Hide, with the same quality etc. Although Hide doesn't carry fresh wasabi, nor 'real' ginger, they are my choice for best bang for your buck.

So Chowhounders, please recommend some great sushi places which wont dent my wallet, as I tend to visit Sushi joints way too often.

(On the list to visit: Echigo, Kiriko, Zo) Any others? I'm really only into sushi and don't eat all the fancy rolls etc. A place which carrys fresh wasabi at a reasonable price would also be a major plus!

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  1. Servorg RE: mpr86 Jan 26, 2008 06:41 PM

    You might give Sushi Masu a try. It's on Westwood Blvd. just a block or so south of Santa Monica Blvd. on the west side of the street.

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      mpr86 RE: Servorg Jan 26, 2008 07:04 PM

      Do you know what their Omakse runs PP?

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        Servorg RE: mpr86 Jan 27, 2008 01:50 AM

        I haven't had omakase there, just ala carte. But it seemed reasonable the couple of times we went.

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          ns1 RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 11:59 AM

          re: masu omakase, freaking BARGAIN

          the most expensive I've had there for me and the GF was 120 pre-tip.

          It usually runs us 80-90 and we eat quite a bit. Highly recommend.

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        eileen216 RE: mpr86 Jan 26, 2008 08:17 PM

        Tama Sushi is great with very affordable omakase.
        They have 3 different omakase, $35, $45 and $55.

        Photos: http://flickr.com/photos/eileen216/se...

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          markn RE: eileen216 Jan 29, 2008 07:45 AM

          Yes and if you want to go even cheaper, they have a $20 sushi plate that comes with like 12 pieces of sushi & miso soup. You won't get the "top of the line" stuff but very good and fresh nigiri. Or you can get sashimi instead. Add 6.50 for a small bottle of Yaegaki sake and you're out the door stuffed for 26.50 + tax + tip. Not bad.

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          lac582 RE: mpr86 Jan 27, 2008 09:05 AM

          Azami on Melrose near LaBrea

          1. trolley RE: mpr86 Jan 27, 2008 09:19 AM

            i can tell you where to avoid. Go 55. I hit a serious low there yesterday for lunch. the young itamae had serious attitude and obviously was not enjoying his life. the fish was old and the toro was chewy. the mirugai was good but that was about it. i don't know what happened. maybe it was an off day but i've never been to sushi Gen and had an off day like this one. this place used to be really good.

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              mpr86 RE: trolley Jan 27, 2008 08:48 PM

              Last time I had Go 55's Toro, it was very off par. Way too frozen, and too chewy.

            2. SauceSupreme RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 06:22 AM

              For moderate-priced sushi, I like both Hirozen and Sushi Ike (and actually Ike is my favorite sushi spot overall at the moment).

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                Akitist RE: SauceSupreme Jan 28, 2008 09:42 AM

                Ike's good, and there's some good people-watching, too, due to the area.

              2. yogagals RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 07:10 AM

                Fresh sushi is a must have in my life and I love reasonably priced sushi! My 3 top picks are in Little Tokyo: Usui on 1st street--it's a cozy little joint. Oomasa also on 1st street located in the Japanse village (validates parking). And Sushi Gen on 2nd street.

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                  trojans RE: yogagals Jan 28, 2008 09:51 AM

                  Sushi Don Sasabune in Studio City on the corner of Laurel Canyon and Riverside. It is a fast food sushi joint with very good quality sushi. The selection is not large just basic cuts. They will fill you up for about $11.00.

                2. truefoodie RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 11:54 AM

                  There is cheap good sushi -- granted, it is not the "art" of the Omakase at Nozawa but it is cheap and good. For killer sushi on the cheap - cash only - gotta be NOSHI in K-town.
                  Nothing fancing - and I mean NOTHING - but big cuts of good, fresh fish.
                  TRULY GREAT SUSHI ON A STUDENT BUDGET! Don't beliver me? Try it!

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                    WHills RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 08:02 PM

                    Sushi Gen...sit at a table, order a combo (sushi or sashimi deluxe)...best quality fish for the price!

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                      karynx78 RE: mpr86 Jan 28, 2008 09:19 PM

                      I really liked Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo on Central and 2nd. Everything there was super fresh. A friend and I did the omakase there and it was surprising really cheap. Total bill came out to be $115 for about 10+ pieces of sushi plus 2 bottles of sake. The selection of fish is not as exotic as at Zo's or Matsuhisa but the usual favorites are really fresh. I really enjoyed my first experience there. It was nice to know that I didn't have to spend 100+ pp for good sushi.

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                        HollywoodLocal RE: mpr86 Jan 29, 2008 02:55 AM

                        Sushi Time on Beverly Blvd & Crescent Heights - nothing fancy, just cheap very fresh tasting sushi, great service and great prices. It's my go-to lunch spot, ave bill for 2 hungry diners is $35 (no alcohol)

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