Hey Sushi Hounds! I need a cheapish rec.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can fill this order:
has fancy rolls for the SO,
and interesting stuff for the purist (me).
Ah, hell, I'd even drive out of the westside if it's worth it.
I was thinking Hide on Sawtelle, finished off by some Teba @ Fu Rai Bo if there isn't a line.
Oh yeah, it's for tonight, 9ish.
Give U-Zen a try. Enough rolls to keep your honey happy and enough classics to do the job for you at a reasonable price. They also have some great non sushi appetizers like the garlic sprouts with shrimp and the spicy tofu.
11951 Santa Monica Blvd (one block east of Bundy on the N side of SM Blvd.)
Los Angeles 90025
since jdwdeville specified 'cheapish,' it should be noted that u-zen is more expensive than hide. (of course they offer more than hide does)
in the same league as u-zen and with about the same pricing as u-zen, i'd also recommend k-zo in culver city.
9240 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
we ended up going to u-zen last night. food was very, very good, and the selection was extensive. aji and katsuo were very fresh, the bonito tasting almost meaty. pen shell clam is a favorite of mine that almost never appears on sushi menus, big, meltingly tender pieces that even my clam-fearing SO loved. wild organic salmon with garlic chips and a sweetish miso(?) sauce was great (#1 for my SO). japanese tai had lemon, shiso, and ume and was very delicate in flavor, in contrast to a bluefin tuna that was the fish equivalent of raw kobe beef. we finished with sweet japanese scallop. we also had the u-zen roll (huge! not my style but...) and a great spicy scallop roll.
of course, when confronted with all this great sushi, we promptly forgot our original plan to do "cheapish" sushi! 7 nigiri, 1 roll, 1 handroll, 1 sake (house), 1 beer= $100
but, oh well... I guess we can eat in for the rest of the week...
Thanks Servorg, we will definitely be back!
Budgets are made to be busted! ;-D> Glad to hear that you liked it. To keep the tab down my wife and I have often just dined on appetizers with only one or two sushi items. We normally get out for around $60 plus tip when we do that. Of course we aren't alcohol drinkers normally, so with only one coke and one ice tea as our drinks of choice it does help to hold down the damages.