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

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phoenikia Aug 16, 2008 08:08 PM

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. monku RE: phoenikia Aug 16, 2008 08:23 PM

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

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      cls RE: monku Aug 16, 2008 08:33 PM

      Is Koi 10 years old?

    2. monku RE: phoenikia Aug 16, 2008 08:27 PM

      Crustacean
      9646 Little Santa Monica Boulevard
      Beverly Hills, CA 90210
      310.205.8990

      http://www.anfamily.com/Restaurants/c...

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        ipsedixit RE: monku Aug 16, 2008 11:43 PM

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

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          creamfinger RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2008 05:51 PM

          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.

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            hrhboo RE: creamfinger Aug 17, 2008 06:13 PM

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

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        NAspy RE: phoenikia Aug 17, 2008 06:54 PM

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

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          bllrdfam RE: NAspy Aug 18, 2008 09:14 AM

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

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            phoenikia RE: bllrdfam Aug 18, 2008 12:07 PM

            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?

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              phoenikia RE: bllrdfam Aug 20, 2008 07:34 AM

              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...

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                ipsedixit RE: phoenikia Aug 20, 2008 09:15 AM

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

          2. roxhills RE: phoenikia Aug 17, 2008 08:41 PM

            Could it be Benihana on La Cienega?

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              phoenikia RE: roxhills Aug 18, 2008 12:16 PM

              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.

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                phoenikia RE: phoenikia Aug 20, 2008 07:37 AM

                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.

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