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Mar 18, 2009 06:44 PM

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:

      closer to you:

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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.

          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?