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Sushi in Santa Monica/Venice (?)

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Dan Sep 22, 2005 06:44 PM

I'm looking for $20 - 30 dollar sushi in this area that is a step above the rest. I don't want some bullshit "house special roll" that puts five kinds of fish and cream cheese in it. Or some place that charges an extra 10 bucks to drizzle hot sauce on your yellowtail.

I want a new favorite. A place to rival Nizawa, Asanebo, Hirozen, and Nobu.

Thanks for the help!

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    WaterIsGood Sep 22, 2005 06:56 PM

    Nagao in Brentwood - 26th and San Vicente. I would recommend the cajun tuna sashimi, the spicy tuna domburi, and any of the rolls that come soybean- or avocado-wrapped.

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      Senor Popusa Sep 24, 2005 02:39 PM

      Agreed. Nagao is the best option in the Santa Monica area.

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        liu Dec 4, 2006 08:39 PM

        Nagao also has a good selection of Japanese salads; these can be modified to your tastes and are quite filling.

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        JL Sep 23, 2005 02:57 AM

        A $20-$30 rival to Nobu?! On the Westside?! You're kidding, right?

        Maybe a sushi joint that would fit your liking would be Sushi King (Wilshire and 14th in Santa Monica).

        Sushi King
        1330 Wilshire Bl.
        Santa Monica, CA 90403
        (310) 395-0120

        p.s. It's Nozawa, not Nizawa.

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          Michelle Sep 23, 2005 06:10 PM

          Decent for the price range?

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            JL Sep 24, 2005 02:43 AM

            Indeed decent for the price range. Their "drunken pear" dessert is quite excellent.

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          Kris Oct 6, 2005 03:04 PM

          I don't think you can find a place to rival Nobu in the $20-$30 range but good luck trying.

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            SChalfant Dec 4, 2006 06:52 PM

            If you're willing to take it up about 10 - 15 dollars, you can try Eshingo on Santa Monica west of Bundy. You need to get the Omakase menu though - but it's yummy! They also have a really good lunch special that's really inexpensive. The blue crab roll at the end (similar to what both Sasabune and Hiko offer) is really yummy!

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              ThatPat Dec 4, 2006 07:13 PM

              The lunch special at Echigo is $12. It's decent (esp the blue crab roll) but if you're still hungry (you will be)--get the ankimo (monk fish liver), which is exceptionally good there. But I would spend twice as much (and eat unquantifiably better) at Kiriko, down at Sawtelle and Olympic.

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