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First date, sushi, west side

I'm in Santa Monica on Main..doesn't have to be right around here...looking for high quality fish that won't break my wallet. Thanks!

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  1. you could shoot for happy hour at Chaya Venice.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      fwiw i once had sushi at chaya venice on a sunday night.
      never again.
      old, slopped-together fish. poor in every way.

      i love going to chaya venice for the vegan entree they serve, but i won't trust them with sushi again.

      i know that sunday night is not the best night for sushi anywhere, but hide regularly serves far better sushi on sunday night than did chaya venice on that night-truly there was no excuse.

      1. re: westsidegal

        that sucks, and you're right - there's no excuse, even on a Sunday. i've never had anything but good sushi there (not necessarily *mind-blowing* but always solid)...but it's been a long time since my last visit.

    2. best priced of my recommendations:
      k-zo in culver city. also very nice room, very civilized
      here is a link to their sushi and sashimi price list:
      http://www.k-zo.com/index.php/site/su...

      closer to you:
      u-zen
      and
      hamasuku

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        1. re: westsidegal

          i love the sushi at Hamasaku, but it's pretty pricey!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            yes, it is.
            big, fancy rolls are approximately $15 each.
            also, hamasuku, the times i've been there, has been packed.
            imho, for a first date, it's better for the restaurant to not be packed.

        2. Just as an alternative and probably just as delicious in a stylish way, OP might consider Wakasan kaiseki/omakase on Westwood in West LA. I haven't tried it yet but it's on my list because some solid posters have spoke well of this place, including a timely comment by poster laureate Thi N. Look for his particular post about halfway down the thread.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5958...

          1. BiMi sushi on Wilshire, make reservations.

            1. What do you mean by won't break your wallet? K-Zo ,which was recommended, is a good date place,but it's a bit pricey. I'm not a huge fan, but I think a lot of dates go well at En Sushi on SM Blvd. Definitely serviceable sushi and fun atmosphere.

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              1. re: NAspy

                i went to en sushi once, and didn't remember their prices as being any less than k-zo.
                i've posted k-zo's prices above.
                their portion size is very generous.

                really, are en sushi's prices any less?