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Best sushi for $80 pp or less

On my radar -
Katsu-Ya
K-Zo
Hide
Nozawa
Toshi Sushi
Kappo Ishito
Hiko Sushi

we are somewhat novices, and enjoy ROLLS

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

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    1. re: 1newyorkguy

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

      1. re: RacerX

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

      2. re: 1newyorkguy

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

      3. Suggest adding:

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

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

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

          1. re: TomSwift

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

        2. You can add U-Zen to your list.

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

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          1. re: Servorg

            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.

            1. re: wilafur

              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.

          2. 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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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              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. 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.

              1. 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. 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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                  1. re: peppermonkey

                    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?

                    1. re: 1newyorkguy

                      Nagao has wonderful rolls and creative salads

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

                        1. re: 1newyorkguy

                          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!!

                      1. re: 1newyorkguy

                        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.

                        1. re: 1newyorkguy

                          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.

                          1. re: 1newyorkguy

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

                            1. re: Clyde

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

                        2. 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!

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

                            1. 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.

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

                              Bimi
                              11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                              1. 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.