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Aug 16, 2008 08:08 PM

iso Japanese restaurant in Beverly Hills that has a pool or a stream inside

My mom mentioned she wanted to return to a Japanese restaurant she visited about 10 years ago, that had some sort of pool or stream of water inside the restaurant. Which restaurant would she be describing?

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  1. Koi Restaurant
    730 N La Cienega Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    (310) 659-9449

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    1. Crustacean
      9646 Little Santa Monica Boulevard
      Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: monku

        Crustacean is a lot of things (mostly awful), but one thing it is not is Japanese.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been to Crustacean three times now, and each time it was mediocre to poor and way overpriced, yet when I say this to people I get flamed like I just said something bad about The French Laundry. I have no idea why this place is so beloved. I feel vindicated that at least one other person agrees with me.

          1. re: creamfinger

            You're in good company, Crustacean has never gotten much love on this board.

      2. It is Crustacean you are looking for. Koi has not been around 10 years, but Crustacean has, probably just.

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        1. re: NAspy

          I agree - As someone else pointed out it is not Japanese, but the stream is unique so your mother is likely remembering Crustacean.

          1. re: bllrdfam

            My parents raved about the sushi wherever it was that they ate- apparently it was an upscale Japanese restaurant that my West LA based cousin was impressed they had tried. I don't think they would have gone to a hyped-up place like Crustacean. Was another restaurant located in Crustacean's space pre Crustacean?

            1. re: bllrdfam

              Asked my mom if it was Crustacean, after describing what's been mentioned, and she said she had crab and says that it is quite possible the place wasn't Japanese (either I heard wrong before, or maybe I was combining 2 restaurant raves into 1 memory), so it looks like it was Crustacean that they visited. Based on your comments, I don't think I want to spend any of my limited LA dinners there, even if they have a stream;)

              Thanks for all your help...

              1. re: phoenikia

                Avoid Crustacean at all costs. You'd be better off dumpster diving ...

          2. Could it be Benihana on La Cienega?

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            1. re: roxhills

              I don't think it could have been a Benihana. Whatever restaurant she visited really impressed her, having a serene & unique atmosphere with the water, and good sushi. I didn't get the feeling this place would have been a chain or a Japanese steakhouse.

              1. re: phoenikia

                Apparently my memory/comprehension is failing me- there was no good sushi, just a stream and unique atmosphere, and the restaurant was most likely Crustacean.