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Great sushi in SF valley, a la Northridge, Chatsworth etc.?!

nyctolafoodie Aug 31, 2009 05:40 PM

Hey all,
I'm looking for suggestions for a great sushi place for lunch in the SF valley.

We usually go to places just for the food (i.e., regardless of how much they spent on decor, as long as it's delicious), but I'll be taking my partner to a birthday lunch, so decor counts too this time. We'll be in the Northridge area, but fine w/driving further out (e.g., Encino? Woodland Hills? Studio City?). Unfortunately, money's tight w/us too, so am looking at $50-60pp range.

Saw the 8/12/09 discussion, but wasn't sure which of those suggested (e.g., Ichiban Kan, Taka, Matsuda, Midori, Iwata, Iki, Hirosuke, Katsu-Ya, Kushiyu, Go's Mart, Sushi Spot) would be suitable for a celebration, as opposed to more casual dining, esp. bc a lot of the places listed don't seem to have working websites and/or photos to check out.

Thanks a lot! Y'all are always a big help.

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    hungrykitty Sep 3, 2009 01:33 PM

    MUSASHI in Porter Ranch - YUM

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      pointone Aug 31, 2009 06:38 PM

      I grew up in Chatsworth. For sushi close to Northridge, I like Omino, Sushi 4 on 6, and Brothers. Of the three, you could definitely get out of Omino and Brothers for less than $50 per person, but they don't have great decor. 4 on 6 is nicer in terms of decor and atmosphere. Asanebo in Studio City isn't bad either. Have a great lunch!

      11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      Brother Sushi
      21418 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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      1. re: pointone
        BeerLover Aug 31, 2009 10:47 PM

        Try Crazy Tokyo for lunch

        1. re: pointone
          pointone Aug 31, 2009 11:24 PM

          I forgot to mention Kiwami (Katsuya Uechi's new restaurant) in my earlier post. I can't vouch for it, but I've been meaning to try it. That might fit what you're looking for in terms of price tag and atmosphere. Maybe someone else has tried it and can chime in with a first-hand account.

          1. re: pointone
            boogiebaby Sep 1, 2009 03:54 PM

            I also was going to suggest Omino (Devonshire and Variel), but like pointone said, it doesn't really have a nice decor. It's a neighborhood sushi place with great sushi though.

            1. re: boogiebaby
              nyctolafoodie Sep 1, 2009 04:45 PM

              Thanks all! I think we're going to try Kiwami, since that's the one that sounds most like it'll fit price point and decor not to mention taste. The others we'll definitely try another time since we're up there a lot visiting fam.
              Thx again.

              1. re: nyctolafoodie
                liu Sep 1, 2009 04:58 PM

                Hi, nyctolafoodie!
                I think you will like Kiwami. The space is modern, clean and open...very pretty inside. The service is excellent and the sushi is very good. They do take reservations and I would urge you to call ahead. Also, in that same phone call you can let them know your price range so that they can meet it. It is such a blind issue with sushi; if you know that the restaurant has your request in mind, you will be able to relax. I do think, however, that $50-60pp as you mentioned is very adequate for lunch.

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                  nyctolafoodie Sep 1, 2009 05:31 PM

                  Yikes, our bday lunch has turned to dinner, and when I called, Kiwami's booked until next month anyway...and omakase there range closer to $100pp nowadays...

                  However, I've decided to go there anyway for just dinner b/c now I'm curious and hungry. If the service, decor, and sushi are as great as everyone is saying, we will definitely make another reservation for a future date w/the master chef.

                  1. re: nyctolafoodie
                    liu Sep 1, 2009 05:38 PM

                    If they are booked, then they might not be willing to accommodate you as they might if they were not full. However, I still would suggest that you call them and discuss your desires (price, favorite items, foods that you don't care for) and they still might be flexible and modify your menu...even a little. $100pp is a lot of food, and it is even more food if you stay away from the live, squiggly ones like live scallops and shrimp.

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