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Sushi Zo or Asanebo?

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sydvischus Dec 7, 2010 11:09 AM

Going for my bday dinner on Sat. and hoping to splurge on Omakase. Love all sushi (incl. uni etc.) - any thoughts on if I should go to Sushi Zo or Asanebo? Urasawa is not an option :-)

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

Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Asanebo
11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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    ramenbound RE: sydvischus Dec 7, 2010 11:11 AM

    Go to Zo for (IMO) slightly better nigiri (although that's 90+% of what you'll be getting).

    If you would like more pleasant interaction with the chef and a greater variety of offerings then go to Asanebo.

    1. Ciao Bob RE: sydvischus Dec 7, 2010 11:30 AM

      Cannot go wrong with either. If you like traditional go with Zo or Mori or Kiriko; if you like fusion-y go with Asenebo; if you can afford it go with Urasawa.

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

      Kiriko
      11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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        bim007 RE: sydvischus Dec 11, 2010 06:10 AM

        I hope you have not chosen Sushi Zo. I just ate there for the first time last night and was tremendously disappointed. For the price they charge I would expect something that had at least a more atmosphere than a cell phone store. And the fish was mushy and pretty much all tasted equally flavorless. If you want something delicious try Izayoi (downtown on Central near 2nd) or K-Zo in Culver City (next to the Trader Joe's) or Kiriko in W.LA or Mori (though it is also expensive). My choice would be Izayoi !!!

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        Sushi Zo
        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        Kiriko
        11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Izayoi
        132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        K-Zo
        9240 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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          epop RE: bim007 Dec 11, 2010 11:44 AM

          I beg to differ. While I love Kiriko Zo is in a category of its own, with Mori.

          There are many posts with debate about the best traditional sushi in L.A. and the USA
          and you can find them easily. They're infinitely more helpful than this little jab at Sushi Zo.

          I'll grant you that the ambience isn't great but it is super clean and amazing sushi, especially at the bar.

          I am sorry to hear that some people aren't feeling welcome at Zo.
          I can't speak for that, as I always am treated well.

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          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          Kiriko
          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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            JeffW RE: epop Dec 11, 2010 12:25 PM

            And I agree with you too! Stellar quality, and I will never forget the soy sauce that had a wonderful smoky lilt. The owner has changed regarding humbleness, which in a perfect world, we would all be.....humble and feeling the connection between us all.

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              kevin RE: epop Dec 11, 2010 04:19 PM

              i think Zo is amazingly good, freshest fish period, with great, unique gradations in soy and ponzu depending on the fish, but it is very expensive, they are not usually at all that welcoming and did i mention it's very expensive, a simple lunch can easily EASILY top 150 bucks, i think it's more expensive by far than nozawa, sasabune, kiriko, mori et al.

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                ramenbound RE: kevin Dec 12, 2010 12:14 AM

                I'm surprised at how much you emphasize Zo as expensive. Most pieces of nigiri are under $3.00. Hardly expensive.

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                  Tripeler RE: ramenbound Dec 12, 2010 01:28 AM

                  Under $3 is absolutely cheap by Tokyo standards, unless you are talking about the conveyor-belt fast-food sushi joints.
                  Of course, ramen is always a cheaper meal...

          2. JeffW RE: sydvischus Dec 11, 2010 10:26 AM

            First of all, happy birthday! Every aspect of your birthday dinner should be perfect.... I love nothing more than to feel satisfied on all levels when entering and finally leaving a restaurant, I will use this criteria to personally recommend that you should choose Asanebo versus Sushi Zo. No doubt you would experience first rate quality at Zo, as you would at Asanebo. In the beginning of Sushi Zo's reign, we've enjoyed delicious sushi. We returned about a month ago, and with a reservation yet! Upon entering, we were treated with utter coldness, as well as the sushi master himself being a little "grumpy", and un-welcoming. We ended up on Sawtelle that night, and we won't be returning.

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            Sushi Zo
            9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            Asanebo
            11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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              sdiddy RE: JeffW Sep 6, 2011 04:42 PM

              Here's the thing....zo has excellent quality fish....but is a bland and boring and blah experience and ambiance....all these things matter in a great meal. Its bright, its robotic, its just nit that fun. And the plates of sushi come from the waitresses not the ssushi chef direct wtf? Go elsewhere.

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                Servorg RE: sdiddy Sep 6, 2011 05:12 PM

                "And the plates of sushi come from the waitresses not the ssushi chef direct wtf?"

                Are you talking about setting at a table instead of the sushi bar? If so I am not sure what your comment/complaint is about? Of course the waitress brings the sushi to your table. If you are at the sushi bar you are handed it directly by the itamae...as every other sushi bar in town does it - unless you are at one of the "conveyor belt" places that is.

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                  kevin RE: Servorg Sep 6, 2011 05:51 PM

                  yeah, i'm guessing that the sushi chef hands it to the waitress who then delivers it to you at the bar. if that is what sdidy is talking about, then i don't like that practice either, it is very impersonal and not a good sign.

                  Yes, Zo still has great sauced nigiri and other sushi but i won't go there anymore. their yuzu shooter is pretty darn good and you can't get that anywhere else.

                  for almost comparable sushi in that style, in fact by the person that created that style, you would need to go to Nozawa and in many cases Zo, the acoloyte and mentee, is better than the master.

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                    sdiddy RE: Servorg Sep 6, 2011 06:57 PM

                    We were sitting at the sushi bar. Its wierd

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                      Servorg RE: sdiddy Sep 6, 2011 07:42 PM

                      Never had that happen in a half dozen visits. All of them have been for lunch, so maybe that accounts for it? Don't know what is going on with that. Anyone else here who has had dinner at the sushi bar experienced this?

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                        sdiddy RE: Servorg Sep 6, 2011 07:57 PM

                        They do it when they are busy

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