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sally from LA May 9, 2008 12:28 PM

I need recommendations from westsiders (Westwood, Marina del Rey etc and environs) for reliably fresh and delicious sushi - price is not an option. Thanks!

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  1. wilafur RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 12:44 PM

    top sushi joints on the westside, imo, are sushi zo and mori.

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      westsidegal RE: wilafur May 9, 2008 06:05 PM

      of the two, mori will cost more $$.

      also, if you go to sushi zo, be aware that they offer just a couple of cooked items so everyone in your party will need to be ok with raw fish.

      i love them both, but for different things.
      at this moment, i love zo more, but it is an ever-changing vacillation between the two.
      sushi zo, imho, is a better deal, fwiw

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        fdb RE: wilafur May 10, 2008 12:24 AM

        Please, PLEASE, don't go to Mori on a Sunday night!!! I know it's my fault to go on a Sunday night, but they shouldn't even open on a night when their fish is terribly unfresh. It ruins their reputation toally in my book.

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        zack RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 01:46 PM

        don't forget kiriko, sasabune, echigo

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          lizziee RE: zack May 9, 2008 02:56 PM

          Takao

          Incredible sashimi, great toro seared

          some photos

           
           
           
           
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            lizziee RE: lizziee May 9, 2008 03:00 PM

            Also Takao has wonderful cooked dishes - Lobster, great tempura, interesting seafood (see last photo), and Wagyu Beef from Kagoshima, Japan

             
             
             
             
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          ldodb RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 03:01 PM

          You definitely can't go wrong with Mori .

          http://morisushi.org/

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            JE33 RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 03:10 PM

            Hamasaku

            1. Vince S RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 04:11 PM

              Regardless where you go, you will get different grades of fish. You figure, there are only so many whole sale fish supply companies in DT LA.

              Get to know the chef and let him/her decide what you should eat for the day. That will guarantee freshness.

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                jacinthe RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 07:29 PM

                I always like Sushi Masu, on Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd.

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                  citizenx RE: sally from LA May 9, 2008 11:54 PM

                  I go to zo, mori and kiriko regularly but I also LOOOVe irori in MDR. Not as fancy but the sushi is very good, the sake is not overpriced. They will tell you if the fish you want is not that good that day (if you sit at the bar).

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                    westsidegal RE: citizenx May 10, 2008 10:47 AM

                    imho, irori isn't even near the mori-zo-kiriko league.

                    irori's fish isn't nearly as good, and they must know it because they douse it in TONS of sauce.

                    irori, for years was my go-to place because it is moments from my house, but after tasting zo, kiriko, and mori, i just can't bring myself to go back there any more.

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                    bulavinaka RE: sally from LA May 10, 2008 07:59 AM

                    You may want to also consider Bar Hayama on Sawtelle. Very respectable sushi and sashimi, but a very well-rounded menu in general. Also if you enjoy sake, I don't know of a deeper broader selection than theirs - they'll be glad to offer flights and pairings... A couple of posts have mentioned questionable quality fish on Sundays - this is true for most places. Alot of Japanese restos are closed Mondays - they're trying to purge their inventory before their day off...

                    1. J.L. RE: sally from LA May 10, 2008 12:39 PM

                      YES list:
                      Sushi Zo
                      Kiriko
                      The Hump
                      Mori
                      Nishimura
                      Bar Hamaya
                      Yuzando
                      Takao

                      NO list:
                      Irori
                      Hamasaku (unless you like rolls a lot)

                      NOT EVEN IF IT WAS THE LAST SUSHI JOINT ON EARTH list: Echigo

                      By the way, "westside sushi" is a VERY well-covered topic in previous posts. Use the 'search this board' function to check out what other 'hounds have had to say in many similar posts...

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