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Inexpensive Sushi in Sherman Oaks for Birthday Monday Night

Emme Oct 11, 2009 08:07 PM

Hey all,

Know this is a bit last minute, but we're doing a surprise party for a friend's birthday tomorrow night (Monday 10/12), and need somewhere that can fit 10-12 people around 730 pm (I'm going to call ahead, as well as arrive early, but need somewhere that can feasibly house us).

The budget is VERY tight for most of the attendees, so no desire to force an expensive evening on them.

Her boyfriend suggested Octopus in Burbank, but would much rather be in Sherman Oaks, since people are driving in from Calabasas.

Thought about Sumo... really hoping someone can toss in another superior suggestion?


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  1. RacerX Oct 11, 2009 08:18 PM

    Hey Emme,

    Not in Sherman Oaks, but a bit further west in Tarzana/Woodland Hils is Sushi Ichiban Kan.

    Very solid menu - they offer cookd dishes but their stand out items for me are the sashimi,chirashi, and nigiri sushi. Very reasonable priced and a nice room, good for a small group.


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    1. re: RacerX
      RacerX Oct 11, 2009 08:22 PM


      Sushi Ichiban Kan
      19723 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA

      1. re: RacerX
        Emme Oct 11, 2009 09:41 PM

        thanks but they don't want to go any further west than sherman oaks... i know this is a tough one.

        1. re: Emme
          Kitchen Queen Oct 11, 2009 10:08 PM

          Not a sushi bar but, what about Daichan in Studio City (on Ventura just w of Vineland) www.yelp.com/biz/daichan-studio-city They do have sushi, poki bowls and sashimi plates along with an array of cooked Japanese yummies. Cheap and varied. Call and reserve the whole back section. They also have a back room/private area that you might be able to use. Good Luck!

          1. re: Kitchen Queen
            Emme Oct 11, 2009 11:04 PM

            thanks, i'll call them in the morning.

            also, does anyone have experience with Sushi Fukyo on Sepulveda south of Ventura?

            1. re: Emme
              Jwsel Oct 12, 2009 09:10 AM

              I'm not a big fan of Fukyo.

              I know you say Sherman Oaks is your westernmost limit, but less than 3 miles west is Hirosuke in Encino. It was originally owned by the chef who now owns Sushi Ichiban Kan and, though it is not as good, is solid for the nontraditional rolls that are its specialty. You also can get a $25 gift certificate for Hirosuke from restaurant.com for $10. If you use the discount code "four" (assuming it still works), you can get that certificate for only $2. (They only allow you to use one per visit.) So to get $25 worth of food for $2 could help with the tight budget. (Separate from that, Hirosuke has a happy hour sushi menu, but it ends at 6:30 pm, which is earlier than your planned group.)

              The other budget option is Midori in Sherman Oaks or Studio City, which is AYCE. It's not going to blow anyone away in terms of quality, but the rolls are decent and about $25 per person. (There is a requirement that everyone at the table get AYCE, so if that is above anyone's price point, it could be an issue.) I rarely would even consider an AYCE, but I just cannot think of a good option for budget sushi in the area. I've never been there with a large party, so I do not know if there would be an issue with space for your group.

              1. re: Jwsel
                Emme Oct 12, 2009 10:08 AM

                thanks... the boyfriend decided on Kintaro Sushi in Sherman Oaks. not expecting too much from it, but at least it's not AYCE... will report back.

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