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Aug 1, 2008 02:48 PM

Another SUSHI question

We ALWAYS go to sushi shibicho in costa mesa since I was young. The problem is, it's too far!! Especially since the family might have to drive 3 seperate cars. Just wanted to ask everyone where you would take your family for the best sushi in LA? Dad is visiting from japan. No rolls, want fresh wasabi. Authentic! Thanks!!

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      pasadena. I work near Beverly hills though... That's why LA will be better

    2. Sushi Zo and Mori are your two best bets.

      1. Hi yum,

        While I respect Shibutani-san and still enjoy a meal there from time-to-time, there are definitely better Sushi experiences than Shibucho (O.C.) (but he's not bad :). Since you're asking for "the best sushi in LA," if price is no object here are some choices:

        (You can do a search and see many reviews on these places :)
        1. Urasawa - Legendary Dining Experience. Note that it's more than just Sushi, but it has a Sushi-focused portion that's wonderful.

        2. Sushi Zo

        3. Mori Sushi

        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Sushi Zo
        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        Mori Sushi
        11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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        1. re: exilekiss

          Must politely chime in and disagree with Mori. The omakase at The Hump is superior.

          Urasawa is Kappo-style sushi.

          Japan obviously has far better sushi possibilities than L.A. - I suggest trying something that cannot easily be found in Japan.

          For example, why not take Dad to Langer's for a kickbutt pastrami?

          1. re: J.L.

            Hi J.L.,

            No worries, thanks for another vote for The Hump. Strangely it's one of the few Sushi restaurants on the Westside that I've never gotten around to eating at yet (which is why I didn't mention it). :) I'll have to try it soon.

            Agreed that Japan has better Sushi; I was just answering the OP's request. :)

            To yum: I think J.L. brings up an excellent point - if your Dad just wants a nice meal out in L.A., consider something he can't get back in Japan.

            1. re: exilekiss

              be aware that the hump can end up costing considerably more than urasawa--an UNBELIEVABLE amount of money

              1. re: westsidegal

                The Hump is more than Urasawa? I find that hard to believe. I find it hard to believe that anywhere could cost more than Urasawa.

                1. re: chowmominLA

                  i guess it all depends on what you order. there is a thread on CH entitled "best omakase" or something similar in which epop spent $1000 for two people at the hump....for food only. woooo!

                  1. re: chowmominLA

                    search yelp for reviews on "the hump"

                    it's pretty laughable. i'd pass.

                    1. re: ns1

                      wow, i had no idea... I've been to the hump a few times and nice atmosphere with the planes and all but the sushi was just okay... and I think it was more like $60 or $75 per person. I can't imagine dropping $500 there.

                  2. re: westsidegal

                    Yes be very careful at the Hump, first time there, dropped $500+ omakase for two. Basically all food other than a bottle of asahi. Gawwk, if I had known it was going to be that much would have just gone to Urasawa.

                    They seem to carry lots of bling sushi items, live sculpin, hairy crabs, whole flying fish sashimi, good place to take advantage of expense accounts of people you don't like!


            2. Sushi Sushi on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills is very authentic. Not sure if they use fresh wasabi - they probably will if you ask in advance. My Japanese clients like Kiriko on Sawtelle - reserve the tatami table in the back and ask the chef to make you a special meal and to use real wasabi. Mori and Sushi Zo are also good. Mori definitely uses real wasabi. The Hump is sushi for gaijin. Urasawa if you can afford it.

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              1. re: omotosando

                I'm hearing reports on this board that Ken-san, the owner of Kiriko is off work due to an injury. If true, that might want to make you reconsider Kiriko on your list.

                1. re: omotosando

                  Mrs J.L. & I ust sat in front of Ken-san a bit over a week ago and had an outrageously good meal!

                  We chatted for quite some time after the restaurant closed for the night. No mention of any injury (unless it happened just a few days ago).....

              2. honestly...I think some of the best sushi in town is at Izakaya by Katsu-ya (3rd & La Cienega). It's chill, they have crazy attentive service and the fish is super fresh. I like it also because it's reasonably priced.

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                1. re: krizo

                  Katana on Sunset for great sushi and if you want to take part in the "LA" vibe. Also like Sushi Roku on 3rd and Sushi Hiroba is a little hidden gem on Vine and Melrose area

                  1. re: brkfstatiffs

                    sushi roku is hardly authentic and hardly a place to take a family

                    1. re: ns1

                      Yes, I still remember the one and only time I went to Roku we were presented with the "Chicken Teriyaki Roll" = chicken in a sweet sauce piled on top of Krab california rolls... ugh. Serves me right for letting one of my want to be trendy friends pick a place.

                      1. re: kdoc

                        I doubt they even know what fresh wasabi is at Roku. The food is dreadful. It's a place to be seen for the 20-something crowd. It is the antithesis of a good sushi bar.