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Jul 11, 2009 12:56 PM

Corkage Policy at Sushi Zo

We are going to Sushi Zo tonight for our anniversary, and I would like to bring a bottle of Dom with us. We have never brought wine, or alcohol there before. The last thing we want to do is upset Keizo, so some guidance would be much appreciated. I was also wondering if there is a special omakase that needs to be requested or if he just prepares the same thing for everyone. At Sasubune they have the "Japanese" omakase that can be requested with the more adventurous items. We have been before, but didn't get 1/2 of the items that we saw on the Kevin Eats blog. Price is not an issue.

Thank You!!

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  1. In the past it has always been "No BYOB" allowed. You might check to see if that's still the case.

    1. just say you want the fool deal, i would abstain from bringing anything outside into the restaurant, he may flip at the drop of a pin.

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      1. re: kevin

        Should I request specific things I have seen reviewed, or just let him know that we eat anything and everything and price is no object? Also, what is best to order to drink there?

        1. re: Food622

          yeah, why don't you just say you'll eat anything and make it known to him as well the price not being an issue if that's true.

          they have a live sake there which i have not tried but they also have decent cold bottles if i don't remember if they have kubota manju but that's pretty good (i guess it would be equivalent to the patron of sake). oh, and they do have kirin on draft which is also good to see. and possibly echigo in the bottle, if they have echigo then do order that if you are into beer.

      2. Go to Mori. No corkage as long as you share with Mori. You can bring anything except for sake. He enjoys wine.

        1. Why even bother going to Zo anymore? Everyone seems scared to death of his volatile temper so far on this discussion. What lemmings have we become? I thought WE were the customers.

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          1. re: J.L.

            the reason would be that i remember the fantastic, terrific taste of his fish.
            it's hard to accept that i'll never taste that again. . . . .

            1. re: westsidegal

              The terrific fantastic taste of fish of which you speak is not monopolized by Keizo. Mori, The Hump, all have equally good fish, without the fear.

              BTW, Zo's vaunted quality is sliding a bit on my last visit there 6 months ago. Sayonara, Sushi Zo, I say.

              1. re: J.L.

                i agree, thought i can't get that yuzu juice anywhere else, i would gladly pay jackson for just one of those shots. the rest of the sushi is good to great at times, i much prefer go's mart in canoga park.

                1. re: J.L.

                  although i haven't been to zo in a while, my new york based eating buddy and i did a comparative taste testing between zo and mori on two consecutive nights. (btw, his normal ny hangout is sushi yasuda (sp?)).

                  zo won the contest of 'which has the best-tasting fish?' HANDILY.
                  mori won the 'most charming itamae' contest handily.

                  it depends on what is more important to you at the time.

                  sadly, these days, if i need to pay myself, i'm priced out of both of them, so it really doesn't matter any more to me personally. . . .

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Yasuda is no comparison when pitted against West Coast sushi. As for better tasting? All the major sushi players in L.A. get their "bread & butter" fish from the same clique of purveyors/fishmongers. Theirs is a small world.

                      Funny you mentioned comparison testing... I last did Zo 6 months ago, and then Mori 1 week after that. My conclusion was the opposite of yours: Mori has better food AND a far less intimidating itamae, making for a far more "regular" dining experience. Thus, we agree to disagree.

                      Urasawa coming up for me next month. As usual, I trust that Hiro-san will remain the embodiment of L.A. sushi.

              2. we posted not long ago that although we had experienced the same cold or worse experience at SUSHI ZO, it had improved on our last two visits. Keizo-san even smiled and waved as we left the last time; the place was packed.

                seems as though the date has already passed and would like to know what you ended up doing.

                if it were us, we would have gone to the restaurant in advance with the champagne and flutes, explained the special event and asked him personally. then you could have left the Dom and the glasses which they could have served inconspicuously without raising the brows of other diners and challenging their precedent.

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                1. re: revets2

                  We had a wonderful meal there! Had everything from Kevin's post (except for the needlefish - he didn't have any that night). We ate everything he had along with a 2nd helping of the uni and ikura! He was incredibly pleasant and gracious. We spoke about his 3 year old daughter and our 2 year old son. His face just lit up while speaking about her. Based on Kevin's previous post we ordered 2 different kinds of live sake, both wonderful. It was an outstanding anniversary meal! Not urasawa, but we used our once a year pass on my birthday, so we will just have to wait until december to return there! Thank you for all your guidance.

                  1. re: Food622

                    Thanks for your report back. I hope your experience, including both food and feeling welcomed by Keizo-san will help dispel some of the beating Zo has taken here lately. What was the final damage?

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Final total including tip was $430.

                      1. re: Food622

                        how much of the bill was attributable to food vs libations? my typical meal at sushi zo runs around $120pp for food only.

                    2. re: Food622

                      Maybe Keizo has been reading Chowhound?!

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Just about any newish parent will become more engaged when their kids become the subject - AHAH! :)

                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          Tru dat... Kind of a slam dunk icebreaker...

                          1. re: J.L.

                            If you really want to score points, bring a small gift for either or both, particularly if you he divulges their b-days, or for girl's day or boy's day in Japan... :)

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              Why would I be interested in scoring points with Keizo at this point? Mori, maybe. But Keizo, probably not.

                              1. re: J.L.

                                Take it easy - just throwin' it out there... :)

                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                  Heheh sorry bulavinaka, got a bit carried away there.

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    I should have paid more attention to your responses - it's obvious where you stand... sorry... :)