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Sushi Don Sasabune - In the Valley

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EK Oct 9, 2005 03:08 PM

A couple of posters have mentioned this place in the last couple of months. I believe that it is operated by the owner of Sasabune in West L.A., but is much more casual. I think that it is located somewhere in or near Studio City. Does anyone know the address of this place or have any opinions/advice about what to order there?

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    kevin Oct 9, 2005 09:23 PM

    location is laurel canyone and riverside drive in studio city, a jack n the box is next door. it's not great, but it is ok to good. and very cheap in a way.

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      EK Oct 10, 2005 05:28 PM

      Thanks for the info Kevin. I'll give it a try.

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        Mo Oct 23, 2005 10:27 PM

        I have to say that we have had great experiences at Sushi Don. We are long time Sasabune fans. While Sushi Don is no Sasabune the crab roll and quality of the fish are great and it's CHEAP. If you ask the chef once in awhile he has a nice piece of Albacore belly in the back. The chilled green tea is good too, not over sweet.

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        jwn Feb 11, 2007 06:24 PM

        thought i'd give this post a boost. i went to sushi don this past friday night for dinner. EMPTY. that's when i told myself i would go on chowhound to tell everyone about how great this place is. it's a no frills place - no frills menu and no frills decor. no frills pricing. but FRESH and DELICIOUS. the owner is really nice - i go there so often that he brings out a few pieces of sushi on the house at times. i try to go there almost every weekend because it is by far, the best sushi deal in town. and i live in DOWNTOWN!

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          Fru Sep 19, 2007 02:59 PM

          I'm giving another boost. Because of this post, I took my dad and husband last Saturday at 5:30. It wasn't too busy but the people there looked like regulars. The quality is awesome. Beautiful fish! I wish the spicy tuna was spicier but I'm sure I can take care of that if I ask. Anyway, the only down side is that I didn't know how casual casual was. My husband who isn't much of a drinker was profoundly disappointed that he couldn't have a Kirin or Sapporo with his sushi. Bottom line is the 3 of us filled our bellies with great sushi (regardless of the price) for $40!!!
          Keep this place going.

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            GK in SO Sep 19, 2007 05:31 PM

            I agree. Based on the same reco's from CHers, I started frequenting about two months ago and have yet to be disappointed. Very, very fresh fish but CHEAP ($3.50 per order of sushi, or per roll--not huge size, but not too small) only because they only stock limited number/variety of fish.

            Jimmy the owner is very friendly and goes out of his way to please his customers.

            My favorites are the spicy scallop roll, shrimp/ebi roll (very good) and salmon skin roll, all with no masago of course! I order these three for lunch, and it fills me up for a kind of light lunch, for $10.50 + tax. Not too shabby for a tasty, quality sushi lunch, in my book.

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              nakni Sep 20, 2007 11:53 AM

              Is Jimmy the one who's running the counter? Whether or not it was, the guy taking the orders is extremely friendly and talkative. I only managed to go there once, but we chatted like we had known each other for a long time. Unfortunately the whole time I was there, there were no other customers. Meanwhile, the Jack-In-The-Box next door is always packed. It's a shame because it seems like a great no-frills sushi option, and I regret not having gone there on a regular basis.

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                rameniac Sep 20, 2007 06:05 PM

                yep that's Jimmy! the place rocks.

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              archer Sep 20, 2007 04:22 PM

              I would like to try, but I too enjoy sake or a beer w/ my sushi. Any problem w/ bringing in one's own bottle?

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                Fru Sep 20, 2007 05:01 PM

                I just now called to ask if you could bring your own beer or sake and whoever answered the phone said, "Yes, I think so".

          2. Veggietales Sep 19, 2007 05:48 PM

            Bump!

            I am so glad to have found this place (thanks CH). The price/quality value is refreshing, esp. when I find that I want sushi "on the fly" with no frills. It's one place where eating solo ain't so bad.

            I started eating there regularly this summer once, sometimes 2 times a week, and the nice folks behind the counter started to recognize me. They would suggest some fresh fish they may have that isn't necessarily on the menu. Everyone seems to become a "regular" real quick.

            I would love to see more patronage to keep this place going.

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              rameniac Sep 19, 2007 08:35 PM

              i've been doing the exact same thing. and i haven't gone to any of my other favorite sushi places since lol...

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                jnakaoki Sep 19, 2007 11:21 PM

                Yes, please keep visiting! I work in Burbank and my co-workers and I head there once a week or so. I've seen it full a few times, but more often than not it's fairly empty. It makes the service fast and a great place for a quick meal, but I'd still rather see the restaurant getting good business. The quality of the fish is amazing for the price.

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                Faulkner99 Oct 4, 2007 05:13 PM

                I grabbed a quick lunch here today, and it was a good value. In fact, I ordered an extra hand roll thinking the selection "B" lunch special might not be enough food, but it would have been plenty. Total for 5 pieces of sushi, a yellowtail cut roll, and a crab hand roll was about thirteen bucks and change. Quality of the fish was very good.

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                  ladius Oct 5, 2007 08:49 AM

                  I was there too! had an "A" set, eel don with 5 piece sushi--plenty of food, great quality, very tasty. The eel was good, perhaps a tad heavy on the sauce, but I loved it still.

                  I don't work nor live nearby but if I'm in the neighborhood, this is the place.

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                    snooze button Oct 5, 2007 09:01 AM

                    These specials run during lunchtime only, right? I'd like to take a friend there so I'm wondering if we should do lunch or dinner.

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                      GK in SO Oct 5, 2007 09:40 AM

                      No, their prices apply to both lunch and dinner.

                      Don't forget to try whatever's on their "specials" board, it's usually a winner. Recently, I tried the Japanese Mackerel and Shrimp Roll, both were fresh, tasty and well worth the price.

                      Keep in mind they only offer limited choices to keep costs down. As long as you go not expecting anything too crazy, you should be one happy sushi eater!

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                  rameniac Oct 10, 2007 02:27 AM

                  stopped by don sasa today after missing a week and a half lol. jimmy says that business has been picking up. it's great to see the place finally get some love! i'm guessing this has to do with hounds finally taking notice hehe...

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                    Faulkner99 Oct 10, 2007 08:39 PM

                    I stopped in again, this time to pick up dinner on the way home. It was fantastic. I am normally not a fan of take-out sushi (it just seems like the kind of food that should be consumed on the spot) but this was a good meal. Everything was also packaged really well. The miso soup made it down Laurel Canyon without spilling a drop.

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                      trojans Oct 10, 2007 10:14 PM

                      The one thing you can say about sushi Don that is unassailable is you are getting really really tasty fish at a really really good price. for cheap sushi that is fresh there is nothing better.

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                      cdub Mar 1, 2008 05:37 PM

                      I just got back from having an early dinner here and I'm very impressed. Obviously not the same as Sasabune on the westside or Nozawa but for the money, it's a pretty damn good deal. Very fresh fish and the price can't be beat.

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