Fresh fresh fish for a sushi fanatic
Hi guys, I know we have a ton of Sushi places in L.A, but I'm trying to narrow down the choices.
I want to take my boyfriend to a new place that will offer sushi that is melts-on-the-tongue fresh. We're on the west side so anywhere from Venice to Brentwood would be cool. We are definitely sushi connoisseurs but we do operate on a budget. Can any of you chowhounders recommend a place that has really good sashimi for about $50- $60 per person.
I hear a lot about Hide which is close to my house, but I'm not sure its the right atmosphere for a romantic birthday dinner. I would definitely chose quality of fish over atmosphere, but a little bit of both would be nice!
We're going on Tuesday, so hopefully we can avoid weekend overcrowding.
With the budget you've proposed, it would cost too much to try:
and maybe even Sasabune...
So, we have narrowed it down to:
Sushi Masu (on Westwood Blvd.)
Place Yuu (on Sawtelle) - it's an izakaya with excellent sushi
Hide Sushi (on Sawtelle)
Hamasaku (on Santa Monica) - known for being a "roll factory", its sushi should be good too
Bar Hayama (on Sawtelle)- more of a "generalist" Japanese restaurant, but their sashimi was good, as I recall.
I cannot vouch for U-Zen or En Sushi (both on Santa Monica), but I have tried Sushi King (on Wilshire) - it's OK...
That budget is problematic. If you were doing a lunch, Kiriko's omakase lunch special would work. I think Kiriko has much better fish than Hide and Sasabune. Depending on what you order, you might be able to do a dinner in that range. I took a group there and most of the people were mainly interested in tuna, salmon, yellowtail, etc. (i.e., not particularly exotic), though I did add seared toro and blue crab rolls. I think we averaged just about $50 including tax and tip. So I think it depends on how much you eat and what you select.
One thing you might consider is calling the restaurant you want to try and explain the circumstances, and asking if they can do an omakase for $$40-50 per person -- bearing in mind that the fish is likely to be less expensive cuts and extras like drinks and dessert (and any additional fish) will not be not part of that cost. On a Tuesday night, when there probably are not people lined up for seats, the restaurant might accommodate you.
if you do the standard kiriko lunch special, be aware that after they have served you the fish on the special, they don't necessarily tell you that the special has ended and that you will be charged more money if you continue to eat.. . .
the last time i was there for the lunch omakase, the bill was a surprise. ..
A bit further east at La Cienega and San VIcente is Haru, ITHis is my current favorite for the quality to price ratio. it;s casual, it certainly more romantic and I think better than Hide. I enjoy it much more than Kiriko.
Haru Sushi & Roll Cafe
480 S San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hirozen on Beverly would be an excellent choice and I believe within your budget if you are careful with ordering. I am looking forward to eating there next week while on a business trip. Have fun!
You claim to be sushi consoisseurs, yet you don't mention any restaurants you've been to...a little confused here...
At your budget, I would get on the freeway and go order the sashimi deluxe @ Sushi Gen...a fabulous sashimi plate, with miso, little apps, tempura and side of rice is about $25 or so. that will leave plenty for beer and any a la carte additions. Or, you could just order the Sashimi plate and go twice!
how about making a trek down to gardena/torrance? places like kanpachi, sushi ken, miura, etc all have fantastic omakases that start in the $35pp range.
if not, i'd recommend sushi masu on westwood. i've never had an "off day" there and i love that they are walking distance from my house.
You guys are great! now I don't know which one I want to go to. I think, to keep the price down, I may want to order Chirashi rather than Omakase. So my final question would be which one has the better asthetic for a romantic dinner, Dokoro Kirala or Sushi Sushi? Thanks again for all the wonderful suggestions!
Thanks so much for all the recommendations everyone. I chose to go to Dokoro Kirala in Beverly Hills and it was absolutely perfect. My bill came to $120 after tax and tip and my boyfriend is still daydreaming about how good the Salmon sashimi was.
Their carpaccio's are exquisite! Service was friendly and the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic but not too fancy date night. I will definitely go back.