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Feb 28, 2009 01:00 AM

OMAKASE recommendations, please :) Not only nigiri sushi.

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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  1. Sunday is going to be the deal breaker.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cls

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

      1. re: J.L.

        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

        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.

      3. 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!

        11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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        1. re: fdb

          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: Servorg

              Adding link for Katsuya - Hollywood

              Katsuya Hollywood
              6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              1. re: Servorg

                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)'ll be further away but if you were considering asanebo you would be willing to head out that far anyway.

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

          And, yes, open on Sundays.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            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

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

            2. re: ipsedixit

              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. 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.