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OMAKASE recommendations, please :) Not only nigiri sushi.

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beautifuldiirt Feb 28, 2009 01:00 AM

Hallo everyone :)

So it's that time of the year again when I turn one year older :(
I get to choose a place for my birthday dinner with my family...and I want omakase again!
I looked through Chowhound and found so many choices and I started to jot down a few places but then the list became so long so I kind of gave up.

Here are some things I was looking for that might help:

- Price range: preferably <$80 pp. $100 tops.
- Location: Los Angeles (Downtown,Hollywood), or at least near the area (I live near Pasadena)
- Time: Open Sunday night (many closed Sundays)
- Type: More looking for a place that has a variety of dishes (sushi/sashimi, cooked dishes, etc). I know that there are different types of omakase. I'm looking for a place that doesn't just serve like 10 dishes of sushi.

Please give me your opinions! Any recommendations are appreciated :]

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    cls Feb 28, 2009 06:17 AM

    Sunday is going to be the deal breaker.

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    1. re: cls
      J.L. Feb 28, 2009 09:21 AM

      Agreed. Could you do this on a Tue, Wed, Thu, or Fri?

      1. re: J.L.
        J.L. Mar 2, 2009 12:28 AM

        Try Kiriko on a Tue-Fri. It's a splendid meal, and I believe you can "eek by" at just under $100pp

      2. re: cls
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        josephnl Feb 28, 2009 10:57 AM

        Absolutely agree. All good sushi restaurants get their fish fresh from the market early every morning. Fish markets are closed on Sunday...thus you will not find many top-rated sushi restaurants open on Sunday.

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        fdb Feb 28, 2009 08:11 AM

        First come to mind is Asanebo. You get to choose from 3 price ranges so it'll definitely work for you. It's located in Studio City, an easy drive from Pasadena. In addition to sushi, their cooked dishes are superb. Happy Birthday!

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        Asanebo
        11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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          beautifuldiirt Feb 28, 2009 10:30 PM

          That was one of my top choices! Thanks, I'll keep Asanebo on the list :)

          This sucks. I can't do it any other days because I live near my school during the weekdays. and Sunday is the only day my whole family is available. :\

          1. re: beautifuldiirt
            Servorg Mar 1, 2009 08:01 AM

            http://www.sbe.com/katsuya/

            1. re: Servorg
              Servorg Mar 1, 2009 08:06 AM

              Adding link for Katsuya - Hollywood

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              Katsuya Hollywood
              6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              1. re: Servorg
                peppermonkey Mar 2, 2009 08:25 AM

                if you're going to katsuya you'd be better off going to the studio city local and paying $40 less for the same stuff ($55 for omakase i think)...it'll be further away but if you were considering asanebo you would be willing to head out that far anyway.

        2. ipsedixit Feb 28, 2009 10:56 PM

          Toros Sushi
          500 W Main St
          Alhambra, CA 91801
          (626) 281-6889

          And, yes, open on Sundays.

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            fdb Feb 28, 2009 11:13 PM

            Toros serves very good sushi omakase, but I don't remember being served any cooked dishes other than deep fried head of sweet shrimp or miso soup. Have you?

            1. re: fdb
              ipsedixit Feb 28, 2009 11:22 PM

              I've had rolls and tempura, as well as roasted eel.

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              beautifuldiirt Mar 1, 2009 01:20 AM

              OOoo my family and I actually go there like 1-2 times a month, lol
              but not for omakase. I didn't even know they offered omakase!

            3. bgazindad Mar 1, 2009 07:51 AM

              Are you sure you want omakase? What you describe sounds more like a kaiseki dinner. Who is on your list or at least the top 3.

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