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Inexpensive Sushi Near Westwood

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My sister is in town and would like to have sushi, but it has to be very easily reached and found near Westwood Village. She is far from an expert and does not demand authenticity or omokase. Think good rolls and the simplest sushi. Being from St. Louis, I'm hoping to find somewhere that would give her nd my mom a fun, good meal without spending a lot of time or money.

A few years ago, I took her to En Sushi on Santa Monica Blvd. and it worked out fine. I know there are a couple of places in Westwood Village, maybe all-you-can-eat and a higher level place on Broxton. Any feedback? Would anywhere on Sawtelle meet this criteria? I will have to give them VERY simple driving directions, so the closer and simpler the better.

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  1. Hide, U-zen and Masu are all potential candidates. Hide on Sawtelle, Masu on Westwood Blvd. just south of SM Blvd. and U-zen on SM Blvd. just barely east of Bundy.

    1. Hi Nosh,

      Its a Sushi Truck, pure LA streetfood..

      These guys are very good. Tried them a week back in El Segundo and was very pleased. Perhaps you can check back on their site when next weeks schedule is posted. They have been in Westwood village the past 2 weeks.. There is a thread on the board here, however its not my style to cut and paste threads:


      1. go down sawtelle

        kiriko is great. gets pricey though.
        hide is good too and less pricey.

        sasabune on wilshire is very good too.

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        1. re: travelingmansoul

          I like Kiriko very much. I have not been to the Wilshire Blvd. Sasabune in the years since they moved from their prior location. But I'm sure that both of these could not be considered inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination (which is what nosh specifically asked for).

          1. re: travelingmansoul

            Kiriko & Sasabune are not quite appropriate for sushi beginners, and borders on being out of the price range of $80pp.

            Place Yuu (on Sawtelle & Mississippi) may work out better.

          2. Thank you fellow hounds for the helpful and quick recommendations. I have shown my sister some of the web postings and menupages menus for Hide and Masu. Both seem very comparable in terms of offerings, price, and convenience. So I ask you which I should send my sister and mom to, Hide Sushi, Sushi Masu, or does anyone have a strong preference for another in the same area and price range? Also, any particular favorite specialties to order at either place?

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            1. re: nosh

              imho, hide definitely has the better fish.
              masu has a prettier, more comfortable room and dining experience.

              for myself, i would absolutely go with hide.

              1. re: nosh

                They are pretty comparable by my taste buds. Hide can definitely be more crowded at times and tell your sister it's CASH only. I don't think she'll go wrong at either spot. Both can offer "parking" challenges at times. There is a parking lot just a bit past Masu that is cheap but can fill up at times. Sawtelle of course offers other things to stroll by and look at.

                1. If lunch is ok, go to Takao. It will be VERY good and inexpensive.

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                  1. re: jaykayen

                    Takao is not inexpensive!

                    11656 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                  2. Hey chowhounds, I just moved into Westwood from the northeast and was wondering if I could get some updates to this topic. I absolutely adore sushi but im stuck on a student budget and without a car. Thanks in advance!

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                    1. re: custo

                      Probably best to start a new thread -- if most 'hounds are like me, they list threads by the date they were started.

                      1. re: custo

                        Sushi Nagao on San Vicente and 26th is a good value with decent fish and good rolls. I am always surpised how little i spend there. Knife cuts can be sloppy and if you are looking for traditional sashimi this ain't the place to go. But if you have a raw fish craving on a student budget you could do worse. Like there is a sushi place on Sawtelle that is filled with students 'everything 2.75$' The name escapes me.. but it is super cheap.

                        My everyday bang for buck place is BiMi on Wilshire. good stuff from cooked to sashimi to sushi and reasonably priced for sushi and a splurge place on a student budget.

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

                        1. re: AAQjr

                          BIMI is unfortunately closed. Second Sugarfish.

                          1. re: gordo26

                            bummer! when did that happen?

                          2. re: AAQjr

                            I think you're referring to Sushi Stop? I've only been there once; don't plan to return. Each serving is indeed cheap, but the quality of the fish (and the small curry bowl) is sub-par and (I think like any inexpensive sushi place), it only stays cheap if you plan to order just a few dishes. Still, might be sufficient for a student on a budget. OTOH, I'd recommend saving up so that the poster can go to Hide (b/c if you're only going to eat a little, neither Hide or Masu is going to be outrageously expensive)....

                            I'd say Masu is moderately expensive, but it has a lovely, calm, neighborhood-joint feel to it.

                          3. re: custo

                            You might want to check out the SugarFish mini chain. For budget minded sushi lovers it seems like a good solution.


                            1. re: custo

                              Not necessarily "inexpensive", but not expensive either. I find it to be a great value and you should sit at the bar in Masu's section. He is one of LA's original sushi chefs.

                              Sushi Masu

                              Sushi Masu
                              1911 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025