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Jul 18, 2008 12:12 PM

Best Omakase (L.A.)

I have a huge dinner next week, and my friend would like to experience omakase at one of our best sushi spots.

And, seriously, I'm not willing add any more zeroes to my Amex bill this month, so Urasawa is definitely out. OUT!

I would love to hear (read) suggestions and prices as well, please. Thank you!

How is The Hump's Omakase? And, how much is Mori's and Zo's?

Thanks again!!!!

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  1. My pick: Asanebo (the B course, which is around 100-120 per person)

        1. re: valleychowhound

          Love love love Sasabune. Best Omakase in the city. A bit pricey (I think it was $100 per person) but worth it.

          1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

            isn't sasabune the place that serves presliced fish?

            1. re: westsidegal

              If so, that's news to me. Not at those prices. I'll inquire next time I'm there.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Sasabune DOES precut their fish. It's not great sushi, although most people don't know that because it's the trendy choice. Zo is the best omakase I've had in the city, although I've never been to Urasawa. Omakase at Zo will always costs me slightly more than $100, but I'm a hungry guy. The downside with Zo is that Keso (sp?) is often unwilling to cater the omakase to your own personal tastes. It's usually whatever he feels like making.

                1. re: PlatypusJ

                  i still like sushi zo but lately, i feel that keizo is leaning more to the assembly line method ala sasabune. nothing really changes in the omakase. doh.

                  1. re: PlatypusJ

                    Yeah I tried Sasabune for the first time a couple weeks ago. Nothing to shout about, bit disappointing really, fish quality was very average....


            2. Not counting Urasawa ($$$$$+), here are my top 5:

              By the way, try to have sushi on a Tue.-Fri.

              5. Sushi Masu - Westwood... probably the least expensive of the 5 ($$$)
              4. Mori Sushi - on Pico... killer uni ($$$$)
              3. The Hump - at the Santa Monica Airport... fresh fresh stuff, a lot of it from Tsukiji; hairy crabs can get expensive ($$$$-$$$$$)
              2. Sushi Zo - on National... much lauded on the Chowboard. Beware, it's in one of those famous SoCal mini-malls; make sure you get the yuzu drink concoction ($$$$)
              1. Kiriko - on Sawtelle... My dark horse favorite omakase. Ken-san will treat you right ($$$$-$$$$$)

              Yes, I did notice they're all on the Westside. So be it.

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              1. re: J.L.

                second sushi masu, great guy good food ridiculously cheap

                1. re: ns1

                  ...and third sushi masu: great option, particularly if you're looking to save some $...

                  1. re: ns1

                    heh, just came back to Masu yesterday after a few month hiatus. Good as usual. Stuffed ourselves with some ridiculous oysters (last ones that he had), anago, kanpachi, red snapper, salmon, spanish mackeral, sweet shrimp, + a few others that I don't remember, as well as 3 large asahi's

                    Total for me and the wifey? 90 bucks!!!!!!

                    I ate a bit less than that and did not drink @Sushi Gen 2 days prior and THAT total came out to a hundred bucks.

                    I think Masu does a better fried head than Gen; the only dish that I thought was noticeably lower quality than Gen was the spanish mackeral. Still good, but not like Gen's. I also did not get any attitude @Masu; he's actually a real nice talkative guy.

                    I feel like I always get attitude @Gen and that they're always trying to hustle you.

                  2. re: J.L.

                    What's the yuzu drink concoction???

                    1. re: fatassasian

                      it's a shot of yuzu juice that is presented at the end of an omakase meal at sushi zo.

                    2. re: J.L.

                      i totally agree about the killer uni at mori. this is the uni that turned me on to uni.

                    3. Wa in West Hollywood is pretty fab. omakase is (i think) $75 a person. sit at the sushi bar and ask for tito. enjoy the fois gras!

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                      1. re: hughman

                        Is Wa the place next to the Palm Car Wash? If so, then I agree it's fab, but not amazing. The only sushi places worth trying in Weho are 1) the place across from the Palm Car Wash, 2) the place on Sunset and La Cienega in the strip mall that includes Sunset Tan, and 3) the place next to Aahs on the corner of Sunset and San Vicente. Zo is better than all of these, however.

                        1. re: PlatypusJ

                          wa is on the second floor of a structure on la cienega, east side of the street, between holloway and fountain.
                          it's ex-chefs from matsuhisa.