We miss Ubon -- now what?
I know it was pricey, but it was a way to get some of Nobu's sashimi preparations without having to deal with Matsuhisa. And it had delicious cooked food as well. (Feathery tempura is hard to come by these days.)
My eight year old is in mourning.
Where can we go in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood/Westwood area that will make a better-than-reliable family sushi-eating experience?
I'd recommend Taiko in Brentwood. It's in the same multi-level plaza as CPK and the Daily Grill (Taiko is on the third floor). Great udon and soba (udon is made in-house, I believe) with a vibrant fish-based broth ... they have the standard udon-donburi-teriyaki menu items, plus a couple standouts (I love the scallop dynamite and the black cod entree). Their sushi chef is also proficient - I had sushi omakase with my SO under Watanabe-san and was duly impressed ... great quality for a "Japanese comfort food" restaurant. It's also super chowpup-friendly - it seems like diners come in with their young children all the time.
11677 San Vicente Blvd.
We were big fans of Ubon at the Beverly Center, we tried almost everything in their menu. It was very sad to see them closing. I wish I can find a similar place, they had good items in their menu, not just sushi but many japanese dishes with a peruvian touch. I loved their anticucho, their miso Chilean sea bass, and their so good tempura. I miss everything that I ate there.