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Sushi Zo for anniversary

Food622 Jul 15, 2008 07:56 PM

Hello all!

After reading about Sushi Zo for the past two years (the good and the bad), the hubby and I are going to try it for our Anniversary. We know it is in a strip mall (ambiance be damned), but all that matters to us is great food! I have read - no pictures, no cell phones, no sauce when instructed. We are sitting at the bar for a 7pm reservation.

Is there anything else we should know? You guys were so helpful before our reservation at Urasawa, that I felt I needed to come to the board for advice on this one. Though I am sad I won't be able to take pictures, I fully plan to enjoy myself.

Should/Can we bring Champagne? If we do, offer it to the chef?

Is 7pm too late? We do like it less crowded.

We are planning on omakase, but I noticed that there was only one piece of fish served per course, can you request more of the same fish toward the end of the meal?

Can you make requests during the omakase?

Do they serve the same thing to everyone, or do they have different omakase for different customers?

Anything else???



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    goldangl95 RE: Food622 Jul 15, 2008 08:38 PM

    Are you going during the week or fri or sat night? I believe on fri/sat the omakase is pretty factory like (not that it isn't delicious!) everyone in the restaurant is getting the same thing in the same order. You can tell them that you absolutely don't what x, and I'm sure you can tell them you want more of y. (Better chance of this if you sit at the bar!)

    7 pm shouldn't be crowded..I've noticed people don't tend to eat in LA until 8 p.m.

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      New Trial RE: Food622 Jul 15, 2008 11:52 PM

      Great choice and happy Anniversary! I would call first to confirm about the champagne (tell them it is your Anniversary when you call) and, by all means, offer him some. 7pm is perfectly fine--I have dined there as late as 9pm without problem (though, at that hour, I usually do a la carte rather than omakase). You can tell him what you like and don't like and he will usually be accommodating. I have gotten variations (additions and deletions) on what other omakase patrons were served based on telling him my likes and dislikes but, otherwise, the general run seems to be similar for most guests. While I have not done so, am sure you could request another order of something you found particularly appealing--though I usually get full from the variety offered in the normal course of Zo's omakase before I have reached his last offerings so doubles have not had a chance to come up.

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        Food622 RE: New Trial Jul 16, 2008 09:53 AM

        Do they have champagne that you can order there? Or is it just beer and sake?

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          Schweinhaxen RE: Food622 Jul 16, 2008 10:27 AM

          No champagne

      2. wilafur RE: Food622 Jul 16, 2008 09:50 AM

        first off...don't think too much and just have fun!

        the sushi there is very good but i feel it is becoming more and more factory-like....and this is not just limited to fri-sat as i had the distinct feeling when i went a few mondays ago.

        keizo-san is receptive to your likes and dislikes so do not be afraid to pipe up anytime during the omakase.

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          slacker RE: Food622 Jul 16, 2008 12:03 PM

          I took pictures of every single item of my omakase dinner at Sushi Zo.

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            kevin RE: slacker Jul 19, 2008 07:32 PM

            hey all does he still serve that yuzu juice concoction? and is it just limited to the omakase crowd?

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              Snoopy RE: kevin Jul 19, 2008 09:15 PM

              Yes, he still serves it (had it tonight). We had omakase--not sure if he only gives it to omakase customers.

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                slacker RE: kevin Jul 21, 2008 12:13 PM

                We had to ask for it. We did omakase.

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                  wilafur RE: kevin Jul 21, 2008 01:55 PM

                  still serves it at the end of the omakase dinner.

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                    kevin RE: wilafur Jul 21, 2008 11:53 PM

                    also, when is the best time to go for the omakase so that the main sushi chef will serve me and it won't to much of an assembly line?

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                      westsidegal RE: kevin Jul 22, 2008 10:23 PM

                      the last time i was there the main chef made all the sushi with the assistant doing the saucing and the steaming of the ankimo and the blow torching of the butterfish.

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                chowchow2008 RE: Food622 Jul 19, 2008 09:51 AM

                Happy Anniversary! For sure you will have great food at sushi zo.

                But 1st, it's not allowed to bring anything from outside even coffee or water.They don't have champagne but have some Sake Beer and white wine.

                I think 7PM is not too late but better go early cause If restaurant gets packed, sushi comes slow.

                About Omakase, you can stop anytime, you can request anytime.( that's waitress said to me) but If you request, takes long to be served sometimes(if they are busy) ,better chance at sushi bar.

                Don;t fotget making reservation! Enjoy!!

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