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Inexpensive Sushi Near Westwood

nosh Jul 19, 2009 01:37 PM

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.

  1. Servorg Jul 19, 2009 01:51 PM

    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. Foodandwine Jul 19, 2009 02:28 PM

      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:


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        travelingmansoul Jul 19, 2009 03:36 PM

        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
          Servorg Jul 19, 2009 04:14 PM

          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
            J.L. Jul 19, 2009 05:09 PM

            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.

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            nosh Jul 19, 2009 09:02 PM

            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
              westsidegal Jul 19, 2009 09:28 PM

              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
                Servorg Jul 20, 2009 05:24 AM

                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. re: nosh
                  vinosnob Jul 20, 2009 09:34 AM

                  Masu without a doubt

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                  jaykayen Jul 19, 2009 10:57 PM

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

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                  1. re: jaykayen
                    maudies5 Aug 8, 2011 05:25 PM

                    Takao is not inexpensive!

                    11656 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                    custo Aug 5, 2011 10:29 AM

                    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
                      nosh Aug 5, 2011 10:40 AM

                      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
                        AAQjr Aug 5, 2011 11:07 AM

                        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
                          gordo26 Aug 7, 2011 12:05 AM

                          BIMI is unfortunately closed. Second Sugarfish.

                          1. re: gordo26
                            AAQjr Aug 7, 2011 01:28 AM

                            bummer! when did that happen?

                            1. re: AAQjr
                              gordo26 Aug 8, 2011 03:09 PM

                              Just recently - Seed Bistro is moving in shortly.


                          2. re: AAQjr
                            ilysla Aug 7, 2011 01:21 AM

                            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
                            Servorg Aug 5, 2011 11:18 AM

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


                            1. re: custo
                              vinosnob Aug 5, 2011 03:17 PM

                              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

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