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nicomiz Feb 12, 2008 12:25 PM

where would you go for sushi on Valentines Day in Downtown LA?

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    markn Feb 12, 2008 01:44 PM

    Recently went to Takami Sushi & Robata at 7th & Wilshire. Very nice space with great views of downtown. Food was good, not too expensive as long as you order carefully.

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      rickym13 Feb 12, 2008 01:46 PM

      not cheap but R23 is nice

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        TailbackU Feb 12, 2008 01:58 PM

        I 2nd R23. Cool spot w/ good food.

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        namstermonster Feb 12, 2008 01:53 PM

        depends on whether you want good atmosphere or food. takami has an awesome view, but the sushi is almost inedible. r23 is okay.. my fav places are neither in downtown or offer a nice atmosphere, so i think you'll have to sacrifice a little on either part. how about urasawa in BH?? or mori sushi??

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          markn Feb 12, 2008 04:33 PM

          Re. Takami......I would say inedible is an overstatement......I didn't order any nigiri but the sashimi salad was very good and the other stuff ranged from ok to good.

        2. David Kahn Feb 12, 2008 04:40 PM

          R23 has great atmosphere, and I like their salads and cooked foods, but am not wild about their sushi. If the sushi itself is key for you, I think it's tough to beat the sushi bar at Sushi-Gen in Little Tokyo.

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          Sushi-Gen
          422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          R23
          923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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            mollyomormon Feb 12, 2008 04:49 PM

            I totally second this. R-23 is great for the atmosphere, just don't go expecting really good sushi. The crab salad and the lobster tempura are delicious, though.

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              Emme Feb 13, 2008 08:03 PM

              both of these are good.

              for a hotel atmosphere, there's sansai too.

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                New Trial Feb 13, 2008 11:18 PM

                Emme, did you mean Sai Sai in the Biltmore? I ask because there is also a SanSai restaurant in Downtown--but it is a different kettle of fish, if you will forgive the expression. Sai Sai is lovely but pricey. SanSai is unlovely and cheap.

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                  Emme Feb 13, 2008 11:55 PM

                  yes yes sai sai thank you! definitely didn't mean sansai for "fast food"

                  yeah it's pricey, but it's lovely as you say.

            2. ipsedixit Feb 12, 2008 06:30 PM

              I think R23 would be the best date spot for sushi. www.r23.com

              If you do want an alternative, consider Takumi in Little Tokyo, which is a bit cozy in its surroundings but offers very very good nigri. www.takumirestaurant.com

              Don't get Takumi place confused with Takami, which is in the financial district in downtown Los Angeles on the penthouse floor of an office building. Takami is fine as a destination ONLY if you know what to expect. It's sort of like Yamashiro -- all looks and no substance, and very pricey looks at that. www.takamisushi.com

              Enjoy wherever you end up.

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                cls Feb 12, 2008 07:01 PM

                Although I would definitely be considered a sushi snob, if you (and more importantly your date) are not, then Takami is the way to go. The food is just fine, but the room is amazing.
                Have you considered Shibucho on Beverly? Just West of downtown but a great hidden valentine's spot.

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                  rickym13 Feb 12, 2008 09:24 PM

                  i love food at shibucho but don't think its a "date" type of place imo.
                  as i started with r23 recomendation another spot for nice date for sushi would be thousand crane at old "new otani" hotel. nice japanese garden to walk around and also you can have night cap at the genji bar after your meal.

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                    David Kahn Feb 13, 2008 09:47 AM

                    I drive by this place (Shibucho) twice everyday. Is it good? Does it work as a lunch destination?

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                      cls Feb 13, 2008 03:57 PM

                      I am not sure if Shibucho is open for lunch, I have never tried. Here's a bit of the back story: the chef is Shige. He has been known to be very friendly or (although I have never seen it) a bit of a sushi nazi. He has French training which shows in some of his dishes and prefers to serve omakase at the bar, although there are tables available. The restaurant stays open in such a bad location because Shige's main business is buying wine at auction and selling to Japan. His preference is reds and he has a wine list of everything from Opus to vintage Cheval Blanc. If you love sushi and enjoy omakase it can be great. If you love vintage red wine, you will find it amazing. If you are truly adventurous, let him choose the wine (give him a budget) and you will be rewarded handsomely.
                      And, as far as a date place, I guess that depends on what you are looking for. If you want great food and wine in a little known (outside of Chowhound) restaurant, it can be a great date place.

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