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Sep 28, 2003 12:25 AM

All you can eat sushi

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Anyone can recommend some good all you can eat sushi in Los Angeles or Orange County. I want to go for a real sushi bar not a sushi buffet like Todai.

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    Professor Salt

    Mosun in Laguna Beach has a $20 deal on Mondays. They fish is purchased for the Monday special, not leftover from the weekend. It's all you can eat in an hour at the sushi bar, or 1.5 hours at a table.

    They have all you can eat appetizers, but stay away from these - they are cooked ahead and often are cold and lifeless by the time you get them. The sushi menu is limited on those nights, just your typical items.

    Not great sushi, mind you, merely passable. Mosun is more about atmosphere and the party crowd of beautiful people. Mosun usually draws a 20-ish crowd during the week and draws people from the OC clothing & "fashion" industry. Fun with friends, especially if you're single.

    680 S Coast Hwy (just north of the Ralph's on Cleo St)

    PS - Do *not* park in Ralph's. They tow aggressively.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      hey they just reopened with Taka the former sushi chef as new owner and Cole Jones as manager

    2. Ichiban in the Glendale Marketplace is about the best we've been to.
      Kabuki has outposts in in Pasadena, Culver City and the West Valley. We've found the Pasadena branch to be okay, but some of the people on this board may not agree.

      1. I know a pretty good place in Culver City that
        deserves wider recognition. It's called Sushi Otom
        and it's in a nondescript building next to a
        Motel 6 or something on Sepulveda just across from
        the 405 offramp (see address below). They have a $30
        all-you-can-eat-in-an-hour special which allows for
        quite a range of choices. I've had sea urchin,
        freshwater eel and sea eel, for example. It's a
        great little neighborhood sushi bar.

        Sushi Otom
        3936 Sepulveda Blvd
        (between Venice and Washington)
        Culver City, CA 90230

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        1. re: Dave Tanner

          The place is very good, be sure to sit with Taka or Pancho at the sushi bar. The owner Katsu also works the sushi counter, but he is very slow so as not to give you as much sushi. Taka is talented, Pancho cant speak much english, but the sushi is good. 35 or 38 dollars closed Mondays.

          1. re: Dave Tanner

            Otom is still there, but ownership has changed and they don't offer AYCE any more. It's an okay place without it, but the prices have gone up slightly and the quality has gone down. I didn't do AYCE before, so I don't miss that. But I sure miss Katsu....he got the good fish!

            This was once our go-to neighborhood sushi place. Now we're looking for a new one.

            1. re: Miketsu

              Otom has all you can eat sushi (sit at sushi bar for 1 hr) that is made to order by real sushi chefs. No conveyor belt, no premade buffet style. Highly recommended. Taka is my favorite chef.

              1. re: akcher

                I've never been to dinner at Otom (when the AYCE happens), but I've gone there for lunch every couple of weeks for a few months and I love it there. It's not fancy at all and you're not going to get blown away by it, but I like it as a neighborhood joint. The chefs there are all friendly and one of the newer chef's, Shige, makes a killer tofu & cheese cheese-cake type thing.

                If I'm not in a hurry, I'll get omakase during lunch and the bill rarely goes over $40 including tip. One time it was about $70 but I'll just call that a fluke because I had some pretty good desserts too.

          2. I don't know if it's still there, but there used to be good All-you-can-eat at Sushi Zen on Santa Monica Blvd. Just West of Crescent Heights, on the north side of the street.

            1. There's a pretty good little place in Anaheim on State College called Shogun Sushi. As I remember, the all you can eat lunch is 17.95. Nothing too exotic or hip, but pretty good quality stuff for the price. I have lunch there a couple times a month.

              The address is:
              512 S State College Blvd
              Anaheim, CA 92806
              (714) 778-0078