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b-day dinner: omakase choices?

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hi everyone!

i'm choosing a place to eat for my birthday next month with my family and have a few ideas but don't know which to choose.

i'm planning on eating in LA area and wanted more like a japanese set menu dinner. here are a few that i've found:

- Wakasan (1929 Westwood Blvd)
- Yabu Restaurant (521 N La Cienega Blvd)
- Matsuhisa (129 N La Cienega Blvd)
- Katsu-Ya (11680 Ventura Blvd)

there's not really a limit to the pricing as long as the food is good enough to be worth it.
i was reading through a few posts and i guess what i'm looking for is *kind of* like "omakase"...i'm not looking for all sushi or sashimi though. a variety is nice :]
and decor-wise i'm not that picky. as long as the place isn't too overwhelmingly noisy then i'm pretty open.

so my question is which of the above 4 would you recommend and why? and if there are any other suggestions please let me know!! thank you all very much! i really have no clue which to choose ><

edit: i'm not sure if this will help..but the last place i went for omakase was at Thousand Cranes in the Kyoto Grand Hotel in little tokyo (used to be New Otani). i'm kind of looking for that type of set menu. thanks again!

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  1. Whenever I think of omakase, the first that come to mind (and is affordable by my wallet...) would be Sushi Gen.

    And when $ is not an limitation, for sure you can't go wrong with Urasawa.

    But then... I'm just a sushi guy. I usually focus on only that, not a *kind of like* omakase :-p

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

    Urasawa Restaurant
    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: kelvlam

      Definitely agree with kelvlam, if money is not an issue, go to Urasawa.

    2. Since you want the meal to include more than just raw fish, if you can swing it (time and expense--and getting the reservation), Urasawa would be the best choice. If Urasawa were not workable for any reason, the next choice should be Mori [Pico at Gateway], followed by Kiriko [Sawtelle North of Olympic]. All have been written about extensively on this Board.

      1. I really enjoy the food at Wakasan. The food was delicious!
        http://flickr.com/photos/eileen216/se...

        I also like Tama sushi. The omakase was really good.
        http://flickr.com/photos/eileen216/se...

        1. thanks everyone!

          my mom has been to urasawa before and she said that it was really good too~~
          but i want to go somewhere new for everyone in my family so i'll look up the other restaurants you guys have mentioned!!

          1. Matsuhisa- is the gold standard. Of the 1/2 dozen or more times I have been there, only once was it good vs AMAZING

            I also recommend you try Kan Pai near LAX on Lincoln and then there's a place which used to be on Sawtelle but moved to Santa Monica Blvd- really well known but the name escapes me