Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Apr 29, 2008 01:22 PM

Koi Los Angeles -- Suggestions Needed...

I was hoping I could get some recommendations for Koi, as I have never been before. I wanted to stay within the limit of 100 per person (not including tax, tip, or drinks). What are some "must-haves" for a party of 2.

If someone has been recently and has a general breakdown of the individual prices of some of the "must-have" dishes, that would be great.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Ah. Good ol' Koi. Here's what to expect.

    Valet Parking $8
    Lychee Cosmo $12 (might be more)
    Rock Shrimp Tempura $18
    Crab Hand Roll $10 (good for only 1)
    Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice $12
    Dynamite on California Roll
    Kobe Style Filet $52

    1. Koi is definitely pricey but it gets the Hollywood crowd night after night so I guess they are doing something right. The food is very similar to Kat-suya and Nobu. I loved the rock shrimp tempura and the hanabi (spicy tuna on crispy rice) but the quality of the fish is excellent. They are more known for their cocktails, especially the various martinis.

      1 Reply
      1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

        I second the crab hand roll and spicy tuna on crispy rice. I also like the albacore with crispy onions. haven't been recently so I don't have the price, sorry. . .

      2. I really like the grilled eggplant from Koi - I don't remember the price, sorry. Probably around $10?

        1. I usually hate when people say, "Go elsewhere," but are you married to the idea of Koi? For similar prices and glitz, but better food, you might consider Katana.

          If not, try the albacore sashimi that comes w/ ground garlic, and the tuna sashimi comes w/ garlic chips, that are both interesting, and safe enough not to get ruined by anachronistic ingredients. My friends like their dragon rolls and soft shell crab roll, as well as the miso black cod. Honestly though, even for fancy schmancy rolls, Katana beats Koi hands down.

          4 Replies
          1. re: Emme

            I've tried Katana, Katsuya, and Matsushia. Just wanted to try Koi once for the sake of trying a new place....but is it so bad that it requires not even trying?

            1. re: LAfoodie897

              not *so bad, but i just wouldn't spend my money there. i'd rather drop that much elsewhere. you can report back your opinion :)

              1. re: Emme

                Will do. Hopefully, it won't be a complete letdown.

                1. re: LAfoodie897

                  good. just dont set the bar high in your head, expect high (perhaps unjustified) prices, and be wary of mayonnaise-y rolls.