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Best sushi for $80 pp or less

1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 02:51 PM

On my radar -
Toshi Sushi
Kappo Ishito
Hiko Sushi

we are somewhat novices, and enjoy ROLLS

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  1. 1newyorkguy RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 03:14 PM

    from reading past posts...I have to add Masu to the list.

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      RacerX RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 03:40 PM

      If you like rolls, you definitely need to cross Nozawa off the list - the "sushi nazi" doesn't do rolls.

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        Sarsa RE: RacerX May 28, 2009 09:36 PM

        except for the lobster and the blue crab hand rolls.....

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        westsidegal RE: 1newyorkguy Jul 18, 2009 12:13 PM

        from actually trying masu, i would recommend deleting masu from the list.

      3. Bob Brooks RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 04:43 PM

        Suggest adding:

        Echigo and Kiriko(West L.A.)
        Sushi Sushi (Beverly Hills)

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          TomSwift RE: Bob Brooks Jun 2, 2009 09:14 AM

          Definately Echigo. Toshi is a hoot and also a hell of a sushi master.

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            J.L. RE: TomSwift Jun 2, 2009 11:04 AM

            Total opposite reaction from me: Echi-don't-go....

        2. Servorg RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 04:48 PM

          You can add U-Zen to your list.

          U-Zen Japanese Restaurant
          11951 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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            wilafur RE: Servorg May 26, 2009 09:56 AM

            not a fan nowadys as they are so inconsistant. i'd have a good meal, then a few weeks later have an utterly crappy meal. i've written them off forever.

            however, to get an "afffordable" sushi fix, i tend to go to masu and echigo in west la.

            if i venture to the south bay, i go to kanpachi or muira.

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              Servorg RE: wilafur May 26, 2009 10:00 AM

              I guess they have been in our regular rotation for at least 20 years and in all that time I can't say I have ever had a crappy meal here. Sushi has always been good without being stellar, and we also enjoy their other small plate dishes such as their sauteed garlic sprouts, mushrooms and shrimp and their spicy tofu and the baked green lip mussels with crab meat.

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                wilafur RE: Servorg May 26, 2009 10:02 AM

                you have been blessed then. =)

          2. Das Ubergeek RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 08:15 PM

            Not Nozawa, because he is traditional nigiri only, and bear in mind that Hide is cash-only, so bring a couple of Benjamins along.

            If you don't absolutely NEED rolls, I suggest Nishi-Ya in Glendale (so close to Burbank, yet still not Burbank).

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              bsquared2 RE: Das Ubergeek May 25, 2009 10:00 PM

              I really like Hide. Not really a place for "rolls", just really good fish. It is very affordable as sushi can go. The downside is they don't take cards. I think they have an ATM there since so many people are caught off-guard.

              If you really have to have "rolls", Katsu-Ya is pretty good. If you are a novice, Hide is a low-key place where nobody will judge you.

            2. J.L. RE: 1newyorkguy May 25, 2009 10:33 PM

              Kappo Ishito is NOT a sushi place. It serves Kappo cuisine.

              If you like rolls, try Hamasaku, on Santa Monica Blvd.

              Nozawa will literally kick you out of the restaurant if you try to order a California roll there.

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                dfoldes RE: 1newyorkguy May 26, 2009 08:42 AM

                based upon your description it seems like the best advice would be hamasaku. sounds like exactly what you're looking for. melrose and kings road or sm blvd and sepulveda-ish. melrose location is better albeit it a bit la vs. vegas inspired.

                1. peppermonkey RE: 1newyorkguy May 26, 2009 09:05 AM

                  sushi dokoro kirala - they have an awesome $65 omakase, sushi only which usually includes ameibi so fresh it tries to bite you, and really fatty otoro from spain. You can also get rolls there if you want, but you can't sit at the bar. If you go up to 100 you can get their course omakase which includes crazy delicious things with black truffle, gold, and others.

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                    1newyorkguy RE: peppermonkey May 28, 2009 05:32 PM

                    thanks for the tip..I don't get why anyone would pay a dime more to eat gold..that is ridiculous.

                    any thoughts on Hirozen and/or Jinpachi?

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                      noshie RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 05:38 PM

                      Nagao has wonderful rolls and creative salads

                      13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                        1newyorkguy RE: noshie May 28, 2009 06:52 PM

                        any thoughts on Yu-n-mi?

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                          yummyinmytummy RE: 1newyorkguy Jun 2, 2009 05:10 PM

                          It is just ok. The fish is JUST ok. Creative rolls. NIce fish. It is expensive for what it is. The service is horrible. i have walked out on more than one occassion after sitting at a table for more than 15 mins and NOONE has acknowledged that we are sitting there. No water, menu, waiter....not like you cant see us, the whole place is what, 400 square feet, TINY!!

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                        peppermonkey RE: 1newyorkguy Jun 2, 2009 09:00 AM

                        i don't really care for the gold either. I'd rather have a cheaper bill. But I don't mind as long as food is great.

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                          Obessed RE: 1newyorkguy Jun 2, 2009 09:16 AM

                          I would highly recommend Hirozen and it will fit easily into your budget. Be sure to make a reservation as it's super small and gets really crowded.

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                            Clyde RE: 1newyorkguy Jun 2, 2009 05:56 PM

                            i'm a fan of Hirozen. they make my favorite cut scallop roll.

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                              1newyorkguy RE: Clyde Jun 2, 2009 06:24 PM

                              that might be my next destination into upper-middle tier sushi

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                          TravelingDiva RE: 1newyorkguy Jul 18, 2009 11:00 AM

                          You should also ad Sushi Sei in Hermosa Beach, CA to the list. Sit at the bar and ask for Ki Sean (S?) and omakase. Delicious!

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                            cls RE: 1newyorkguy Jul 18, 2009 10:17 PM

                            If you're into "ROLLS," you can cross most of the good places off your list. Experiment a little and you can branch out.

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                              AAQjr RE: 1newyorkguy Jul 19, 2009 09:41 AM

                              For really good sushi and rolls on the Cheap(er) I'd go to Nagao or bimi. Both have really nice fish but will also do american style rolls.

                              13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                              11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                                havepixel RE: 1newyorkguy Jul 19, 2009 10:12 AM

                                Asakuma on Wilshire /Barrington. They have a good selection of creative rolls and sushi specials, and you can easily get out of there for under $80/person with a few drinks.

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