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Big birthday dinner this Saturday. We had planned to go to Umami Moto, but I read some reviews that said it is loud and child-unfriendly. The chow-baby is a seasoned restaurant goer (she's 5yo and has been going out to eat since 2 weeks of age), but the reviews made it sound like not such a good choice, plus not such good sushi. Is Nanakusa reasonably nice? Is there another Japanese place you would suggest? I am open to other Asian cuisines (I love all, but am leaning toward Japanese for my b-day). Is Peony nice?
I know Peony is way West and I am willing to travel out there (we live in WFB) but would prefer to stay within the city.
Thanks in advance!

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Umami Moto
17800 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

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  1. I might suggest izumi's.
    I took my four year old there (years ago) when his mother was in the hospital for an extended period. I wanted to get his mind off of things. They were awesome. He ate them out of fried oysters, and loved everything else.

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    1. re: exvaxman

      Is Izumi's relatively nice too? Is the sushi very good?

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      Izumi's Restaurant
      2150 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

      1. re: AliceS

        I haven't been there in a while, but they used to be very good.

      2. re: exvaxman

        My experience of Japanese in Milwaukee is limited to only Nanakusa, but I found it to be very nice, on par with many Chicago places. We were there on a quiet slow cold Tuesday in late autumn, but I recall it having several smaller rooms, which would make it more manageable for the chowbaby, even if it's a little more hopping on your celebration night.

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        Nanakusa Japanese Restaurant
        408 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

        1. re: itsbubbles

          how about Sake Tumi? Despite the kitschy name, it has a decent rep, and I impulsively made a reservation there for Saturday. Willing to cancel if it's no good though.

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          Sake Tumi
          714 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          1. re: AliceS

            Hi Alice, I think you'll be happy with Sake Tumi. It's not nearly as good as it used to be, but still a fun place with good, fun food. The Kai Fire roll is awesome, and I would also recommend trying some of the Korean dishes, such as bibimbop. Having small kids myself, I would say that it's fine for kids, depending of course, on how well behaved they are. As for Peony, the times I've been there, the food has been good, but there's hardly anyone there so it's a quite atmosphere.

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            Sake Tumi
            714 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

      3. I think I'd put Nanakusa ahead of Umami Moto. Very nice atmosphere too, and not at all loud. A well-behaved kid would be fine there.

        We tried essentially every sushi restaurant in the city when we moved here and have settled on Nanakusa as our go-to nice spot (though Thai-namite is a good everyday sushi place).

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        Umami Moto
        17800 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

        1. I would not put Izumi in the same class as Umami Moto and Nanakusa. It is just not as nice a setting. My choice would be Nanakusa.

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          Izumi's Restaurant
          2150 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          Umami Moto
          17800 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

          1. We ended up at Sake Tumi and it just didn't quite do it for me. The tofu cake was not at all tofu-y, and I love tofu. It was all deep-fried-y, which is not what I wanted. The sushi was fine, not super, but OK. Chow baby had the sesame chicken, which was fine for her.
            I will have to try Nanakusa, that sounds like a good next option.

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            Sake Tumi
            714 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202