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High end sushi

hdalsy Jan 15, 2009 09:28 AM

Every year I pick one high end restaurant for dinner to celebrate my birthday. This year I want to go with sushi. I'm looking for someplace with real fresh fish, maybe some unique specialty rolls, possibly a good choice for omakase, and also some options for my non sushi eating dad. I'm open to location anywhere from Santa Monica to Hollywood (don't really want to go to the valley or south bay). Any recs would be great!

  1. soypower Jan 15, 2009 11:43 PM

    If price is no object and you can get a reservation, by all means try Urasawa...

    Here's a great review w/ pics...


    Be warned: they only serve omakase.

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    1. re: soypower
      kevin h Jan 15, 2009 11:50 PM

      Yep. My thought is that Urasawa's easily the best sushi in the city, and arguably the country.

      However, unfortunately there aren't really many options at Urasawa for your "non sushi eating dad."

      1. re: kevin h
        soypower Jan 16, 2009 12:05 AM

        oh wow..it's you, kevin of kevineats...i love your website.

        1. re: soypower
          kevin h Jan 16, 2009 02:39 AM

          Yep that's me! Thanks soypower.

      2. re: soypower
        cls Jan 16, 2009 04:18 AM

        When someone asks for "specialty rolls" and states their dad is coming who doesn't eat sushi, you recommend a $400+ per person meal at Urasawa????
        So if I ask for fish and chips with a good tartar sauce and my dad doesn't like fancy restaurants, your would recommend Providence?

        Try this, new from the owners of Manpuku with two well regarded sushi chefs and more to eat from the kitchen: www.hachi.us

        Hachi Sushi & Robata
        12009 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        1. re: soypower
          westsidegal Jan 16, 2009 06:51 AM

          fwiw, to me, urasawa is a very poor choice for this situation.
          urasawa, which can easily cost more than $400/per person, should be reserved for people who understand and appreciate the cuisine.. . .
          taking somone to a $400 meal who doesn't really care for that type of food, to me, would make for an uncomfortable situation.
          just my opinion

          1. re: westsidegal
            ns1 Jan 16, 2009 08:24 AM


            1. re: westsidegal
              soypower Jan 16, 2009 08:43 AM

              you are so right cls and westside gal...i completely overlooked that statement...my bad.

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            New Trial Jan 15, 2009 11:29 PM

            Both Mori and Kiriko would be great choices to fit those needs. Mori is more expensive but I think it is also better.

            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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

            1. J.L. Jan 15, 2009 04:34 PM

              When I hear rolls and someone in the party who's a nonsushi eater, I think Hamasaku (either the Santa Monica Blvd location or the one on Melrose)...

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              1. re: J.L.
                JE33 Jan 16, 2009 08:10 AM


              2. westsidegal Jan 15, 2009 11:38 AM

                i believe that k-zo in culver city will meet all your requirements nicely.

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                1. re: westsidegal
                  Adsvino Jan 15, 2009 12:25 PM


                2. liu Jan 15, 2009 10:16 AM

                  I think the Hump at the Santa Monica Airport -- right on the runway -- might be the perfect place! Anyone would love the location and I'm sure they will accommodate your dad's tastes with some very nicely presented non-sushi items.

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                  1. re: liu
                    westsidegal Jan 15, 2009 11:37 AM

                    depending on what's ordered at Hump, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars//pp. you really have to stay aware of what you are ordering and how much you are ordering.
                    have heard several times about unexpectedly, outrageously, high tabs at the end of the meal.

                  2. lasushiblog Jan 15, 2009 09:45 AM

                    As far as a good omakase, one of the best i've had is at Sasabune in west la. They offer a japanese, and an american style omakase. Not sure if they will have anything for your dad. You can always go to a place like Koi, but it is uber trendy and overpriced. Hide offers an omakase, and will have something for your dad...however, while the sushi is good it's not the best in town. You can check out some good options on lasushiblog dot com

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                    1. re: lasushiblog
                      westsidegal Jan 15, 2009 11:35 AM

                      if you go to hide, be aware that the tables are cramped and that they take CASH ONLY.

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