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OMAKASE recommendations, please :) Not only nigiri sushi.

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 :]

  1. c
    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
        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.

      3. f
        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!

        11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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        1. re: fdb
          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


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

              Adding link for Katsuya - Hollywood

              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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          1. re: ipsedixit
            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.

            2. re: ipsedixit
              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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