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Best Sushi in LA County?

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Coming in from out of town, specifically SE Florida where the Sushi is OKish. We were in San Diego last year and had the best sushi at Kaito in Encinitas. This time around, we will be all over from Santa Monica to Downtown to Hollywood to Anaheim over 5 days and we need to have the best sushi/omikase. Price no concern. We have 2 little kids (ages 7 and 8) who love sushi also. We love classic and more contemporary styles. Please advise!!

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  1. Mori Sushi in West L.A. (on Pico and Gateway) is exactly what you're looking for. Reserve a place at the sushi bar in front of Mori.

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    Mori Sushi
    11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. Sushi Mori blows Kaito away with its emphasis on high quality, traditional sushi (heck, Sushi Ota in San Diego blows Kaito away in this respect as well).

      BUT, it may be difficult sitting at Mori's bar (or any serious sushi bar, for that matter) with 2 kids in tow.

      If price is TRULY no concern, and you want the kids to have a good time too, consider booking ahead at Urasawa ($400+ per head, regardless of age). Tell them you have 2 kids. The whole place only has 10 seats at the bar, and one table for 4 (the table is even in a private room!). I would advise the table room. The sushi is arguably the very best sushi kaiseki / omakase this side of the Pacific.

      Alternatively, you might want to try Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo, or Sushi Dokoro Kirala in Beverly Hills. Both are excellent, and a tad more kid-friendly.

      Happy eating!

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      Urasawa Restaurant
      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: J.L.

        If you sit in the private room, do you interact much w/ the chef? I feel like Hiro would be great with kids.

        1. re: andytseng

          Great question. Honestly, in my 7 visits to Urasawa, not once have I seen any children. I proposed the private room since it would be a tad easier to keep an eye on the kids, in case they fidget over the course of the 3-4 hr. marathon meal.

          Hiro-san strikes me as friendly and hospitable (I would be too if you were dropping $1600 before tips and alcohol on a single meal at my place), but the relative geographical isolation of the private room (5-6 ft away from the sushi bar) may make it more difficult for itamae banter to occur... I suppose if the kids are super well-behaved, then the whole family sitting at the bar would be no problem. I just can't see Zo being as accommodating, for example...

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          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        2. re: J.L.

          Alright so maybe price is an issue. I would prefer not drop more then $100/head.... Sorry about my flippant attitude on that point.

          1. re: Raboi

            Try Sushi Dokoro Kirala in Beverly Hills (small place, has tables)...

            or Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo. Enjoy!