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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

              1. in the SFV, there are two midori sushi outposts. one in sherman oaks and the other in studio city.

                its decent for an ayce sushi joint.

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                1. re: wilafur

                  I don't know why people keep recommending Midori Sushi. The fish is all sliced far in advance and as a result it's dry and devoid of flavor. Making matters worse, the fish is also sliced deli slicer thin and served on rice meteors that you're required to finish. Almost every roll is packed with mayonnaise and imitation crabmeat as base, as well as a huge amount of rice. My guess is if you ate non-stop for an hour, including rolls and nigiri sushi, when all was said and done, you'd probably have consumed no more than 6 oz. of actual fish. Of course that would be in addition to the 3 lbs of rice and the pint of mayonnaise.

                  1. re: creamfinger

                    couldn't agree w/ you more. Based on a few suggestions from CH, my gf and I, who are normally sushi snobs, ventured out to Midori in Studio City, and came home very disappointed. All the fish were cut razor thin, and all precut ahead of time. We sat at the bar and the first chef that was serving us made a habit of making the sushi w/ way too much rice. Towards the end of our meal, a different chef served us a few pieces and the rice was much smaller. Either way, the fish really failed, both in freshness and preparation. Yeah, it's cheaper than going to Zo or Nozawa, but I came away thinking that i would have rather paid extra to get some good sushi.

                2. hakata on wilshire & yale in santa monica also has all you can eat sushi. they have two options - premium and normal. i've never had the premium, but i'm pretty sure the main difference is that it has some of their more specialty rolls as well as sashimi - so you don't get full on rice.

                  i believe the costs are: 32.95 for the regular, 42.95 for the premium.

                  both include the ability to also order tempura, gyoza, miso soup, etc...

                  1. Kiku Sushi in Monrovia has all-you-can-eat but I have't tried it.

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                    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                      I finally tried this place tonight and I'm very sorry I did. This has to qualify as the biggest dining disaster of the new year. The wife ordered the small sashimi, 12 pieces, and I got 8 orders a la carte. She got hers and I could see the look of terror on her face. 12 pieces, small and thin, looking like scraps that I wouldn't feed to the dog. She said it was ice cold, practically frozen, and she couldn't taste it at all. My orders were not much better - small cold fish on top of rice with NO WASABI, almost totally tasteless. To top it off the staff was bickering with each other in front of customers, and the service was slow and listless. We couldn't wait to get out of there. My wife left about half of her sashimi behind and I took her to denny's for pancakes and a root beer float.


                      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                        wow, sounds like gordon ramsey's next stop with "kitchen nightmares"

                    2. Sushi Zen no longer has that happy hour special...

                      1. Whatever you do do NOT order the all-you-can-eat at Paradise sushi on the Hermosa Beach pier. I used to be regular there, sushi was always fresh. Then one day we decided to order the all you can eat. What a difference - it was horrible. Then I noticed something really interesting... at 7:50, right when the all you can eat was about to end (at 8pm), the chefs began pulling the fish out of the freezer and replacing it! They were feeding the all you can eaters the crap sushi, and saving the good stuff for the other customers! What a joke. Haven't been back since.

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                        1. re: HollywoodLocal

                          Hey - for these all-you-can-eat in 1 hr places such as Midori, is that actually enough time to get your share of food and not have to litereally inhale it?

                          Do you order, then get your food in say, 20-30 mins, and then basically get one more order before your hour's up? Or is it faster than that? Also, how much volume can your order at once?

                          Not to be a cheapskate here, but I'd hate to drop good money on perfectly good sushi and find myself rushing to devour it simply because it took to long to be prepared. I'm also convinced that with a group, there's no way I can eat a sushi dinner in 60 mins if you count the time it takes to hand-prepare those cuts as well. Seems awfully short to me - if anyone's got any positive or negative experiences with this time window, feel free to describe.

                          1. re: agarose2000

                            It really can really vary greatly depending on the time you go, the speed of the chef and above all how crowded the restaurant is. Honestly though, if you search a bit you can find some great deals on inexpensive sushi that are night and day better than any AYCE sushi place you will find in LA (and I've tried most of them). For example, at Hide on Sawtelle Blvd. you can stuff yourself for around $35. It's not AYCE, but it is cheap. Their sushi isn't on par with LA's premier sushi restaurants with regards to either selection or preparation, but it's still one of my favorite places. It's not the place to go for the mayo/crunch rolls, but if you actually like the flavor of fresh fish, their nigiri sushi and sashimi are an incredible bargain. Best of all, you can eat at your own pace and enjoy your meal.

                            1. re: creamfinger

                              maybe i'm a bigger eater than most, but for me to be full at hide generally costs about $40 to $50.

                            2. re: agarose2000

                              I get stuffed. The chefs are pretty good. But, frankkly, to be honest, Ive neer had anyone kick me out after the hour was up. If you try to go, say, two or something, yeah, then it will show.

                              Since you are sitting at the bar, you order plate by plate or a few items at a time (sometimes I order two things together). You don't order everything all at once. Each item comes out in usually under 5 minutes, as the chef makes it right there and most often no cooking is invovlved. When you eat theat, you order a little more, and so on.

                              Have you eaten sushi before? I've never heard of it taking 20 minutes to make sushi, unless maybe you sit at the table and order everything at once, which would make all you can eat sushi a bit odd.

                              me, I always sit at the bar, its more fun.

                              1. re: agarose2000

                                i've never had any problem actually getting ALL i can eat at midori.

                            3. Personally, I like Fuji in Pasadena. They're one of the rare places that DON'T have the 1hr time limit. I also like them because they have a wider selection of hot foods, like fried oysters =d Definately try their white tuna if you go =d ($26 for dinner and it comes with dessert =D)

                              My bf likes Sushiya, also in Pasadena, a little more. The fish is a little fresher there, since so many people go to that one. ($26 for dinner and a 1hr time limit but I've never been scolded for being there for 1hr 1/2)

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                              1. re: yjenny

                                i was just at sushi ya on saturday for lunch. good value at $19.95 for lunch and $23.95 for dinner.

                                not to mention the beer is uber cheap there!! pitchers of kirin for $7.

                                1. re: wilafur

                                  There is a place in the Valley on Ventura Blvd somewhere near Winnetka (north side of the street - for some reason I am thinking it is across the street from that El Pollo Loco or Baja Fresh. You enter in from the parking lot that is east of the building). Called Fresh and something or something fresh. A couple of years ago it was $23.95 AYCE for an hour. They had some wonderful offerings and my bro and I ate til we were stuffed. Before my brother relocated to Wisconsin, he said he and some friends would drive there from Simi/Thousand Oaks once a week to eat there and made me go with him when he was out visiting. It was really good.

                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                    is it this place? if so, it's on my hit list. =)

                                    New Light & Healthy Sushi Bar
                                    19817 Ventura Blvd
                                    Woodland Hills, CA 91364
                                    (818) 884-7802

                                    1. re: wilafur

                                      Looks and sounds like it! Try some of their "innovative" options during the all you can eat. There was one that was spicy and knocked my socks off!! Sit at the bar - the chefs are fantastic! ;-)

                              2. I've personally been to Joe's in Lakewood. I believe they have other locations in Cerritos, Riverside, and La Habra. I wasn't really into the raw sushi back then, so I can only say that their rolls and the dynamite appetizer were pretty good. I'll probably go back there and check out the quality of the sushi next time. This is their website: http://joesushi.com

                                I wrote a review on the place: http://whereweeating.blogspot.com/200...

                                Another place I've been to was waaaaay back in the days when I didn't know jack about sushi, but I really liked it. It's all the way in Loma Linda, but the place "Maki Yaki" has many locations, and I'm sure some of them have all you can eat.

                                1. creamfinger. Midori Sushi is delicious biatch! The sushi is so fresh, extra large and juicy (that's what she said) and the saki is super cheap! -- a large bottle for just $25.00

                                  In fact, we are drunk off the saki now -- so if your looking for a great place to enjoy the finest of the sea head to Mid - or -ri.

                                  PS -- You can take as many of the toothpicks as you want, just don't forget to sign your check or else they'll spank you in the back.


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                                  1. re: thatswhatshesaid

                                    You should consider writing a LA food blog for alcoholics. You can specialize in reviewing restaurants that people should only go to when plastered. Midori can be your first review.

                                    1. re: thatswhatshesaid

                                      sometimes i hit midori too.
                                      delicious is NOT the correct word.
                                      they serve watery-textured fish, some of which has been pre-sliced, but all of which is edible.
                                      if you stick to the 'fancy' mayonaise based rolls, the basically poor/mediocre quality of the fish will be somewhat more disguised.

                                      i go there when i know that VOLUME is the main criterion of the evening, NOT when quality is desired.

                                    2. maki maki in the irvine spectrum runs an all you can eat dinner on thursday and an all you can eat brunch on sunday. they're pretty good.

                                      another is joe's sushi. these guys have locations in cerritos/lakewood and la habara (i think they have a 3rd location, but i don't know where.) again, they're not bad. the albacore nigiri is very good. avoid the eel though. it has a really peculiar taste that's not very nice. i think they run the all you can eat all day, every day. lunch is cheaper than dinner, but even with the dinner price, they're the best deal you'll find.

                                      my personal spot is ise sushi in placentia. they're good, and they run the all you can eat everyday, and as far as i know, they don't have a time limit. the only issue i have with the place is the one sushi chef. if you get there during busy hours, you'll be waiting a very long time for the sushi chef to fulfill your order.

                                      1. Onami in downtown Torrance on Carson Street used to be a Todai and is pretty much the same. All you can eat buffet with a good selection of sushi. It's $23.95 Mon-Fri for dinner, $25.95 Sat, Sun & Holidays. Lunch is $14.95 & $16.95 according to their website. www.o-nami.com

                                        1925 W. Carson St.
                                        Torrance, CA 90501
                                        (310) 787-1632