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  • mbfs Jul 28, 2010 09:22 PM
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My husband and I are going downtown for his birthday. We're interested in sushi or izakaya. Where should we go? If we're on the Westside we love Izakaya by Katsuya, Ita Cho, Hide, Sushi Sushi and SugarFish. We don't go downtown too often so we need help. I've read some of the reviews on Haru-Ulala, Honda Ya and sushi go 55 but they seem really mixed.
Thanks for your help!

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Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sushi Sushi
326 1/2 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Izakaya
8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. Sushi Gen in The Honda Plaza.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Shojin in Little Tokyo Square

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      Shojin
      333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. re: apple7blue

        Caveat emptor: Shojin is mainly vegetarian. Not a bad thing at all, but you should know.

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        Shojin
        333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        1. re: J.L.

          I guess I'd add let them know you want a special night. I have been treated really well by them. Like on a prix fixe meal they changed the meal to my requirements--since its prix fixed--they absolutely did not have to . . . They have very interesting sushi

    2. Sushi: R23, Sushi Gen and Sushi Go 55

      Izakaya: Haru Ulala, Raku Plus

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      Haru Ulala
      368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      R23
      923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      Sushi Go 55
      333 S Alameda St Ste 317, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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      1. re: J.L.

        My husband and I just went to R23 with three other friends. We do not hear much about this place lately on Chow.com, but we all enjoyed their food very much. Since we live on the Westside and we can find comparable Japanese food in our neighborhood, I doubt we will travel that far just for the food. But their food is great. If I was in the neighborhood I will be a regular. And, yes, they still do have the cardboard chairs.

         
      2. Based on the types of places you mentioned for the westside, the vibe downtown is very different, and may not be to your liking. The easiest and least likely to fail recommendation would be Sushi Gen. Actually, I've had good sushi at Chaya but it's ridiculously expensive.

        My favorite izakaya downtown would be Izayoi.

        If you wanted to mix it up, Kagaya would be a nice place for a small birthday.

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        Izayoi
        132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Kagaya
        418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Chaya
        525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. As far as izakayas go:

          Just this week I ate at Honda-Ya for the first time. I really enjoyed it.

          Izayoi is still my favorite. It seems as though they do slightly more inventive takes on the traditional dishes. Of course you pay a bit more, but I find it worth it.

          Haru Ulalu used to be my cheap date go-to. But last time I went, the food had gone seriously downhill. And one of the grill guys tried to serve us something I had just seen him drop on the floor. The sushi chef stopped him. I was really interesting to observe, so I guess I got something out of the night.

          Anyone have an opinion on Ebisu?

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          Izayoi
          132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Ebisu Restaurants
          356 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. Been to R23 and Sushi Gen, I thought Sushi Gen was far superior.

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            R23
            923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. Use the special occasion to splurge on Kagaya! Otherwise, as per your listed criteria - I think Honda Ya might be a little pedestrian for a birthday, though the food is good. Definitely vote for Sushi Gen if you haven't been.

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              Kagaya
              418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012