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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!

  1. J.L. May 10, 2008 12:39 PM

    YES list:
    Sushi Zo
    The Hump
    Bar Hamaya

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


    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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      bulavinaka 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...

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        citizenx 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 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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          jacinthe May 9, 2008 07:29 PM

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

          1. Vince S 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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              JE33 May 9, 2008 03:10 PM


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                ldodb May 9, 2008 03:01 PM

                You definitely can't go wrong with Mori .


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                  zack May 9, 2008 01:46 PM

                  don't forget kiriko, sasabune, echigo

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                    lizziee May 9, 2008 02:56 PM


                    Incredible sashimi, great toro seared

                    some photos

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                      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

                  2. wilafur May 9, 2008 12:44 PM

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

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                      westsidegal 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 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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