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Need replacement for Asakuma (good, moderately priced, Santa Monica-ish sushi?)

Years ago, when we lived in LA, my wife and I loved going to Asakuma on Wilshire, but on a recent trip back to the city, we were hugely (HUGELY!) disappointed to find that they were out of business.

So, I'm looking for a good replacement in the same general area. I don't want a wallet-breaker either. $30 per person sans drinks should be do-able, shouldn't it? Maybe I''ve been away for too long if there isn't such a thing any more...

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Asakuma Restaurant
11701 Wilshire Blvd Ste 15, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  1. You might check out U-zen on Santa Monica Blvd. just a little east of Bundy. Or Hide (cash only) on Sawtelle Blvd. or even Masu on Westwood Blvd. just south of Santa Monica Blvd. a block and a half.

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    Sushi Masu
    1911 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    U-Zen Japanese Restaurant
    11951 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Hide Sushi Japanese Restaurant
    2040 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. Some more candidates:

      Sushi King (on Wilshire, in Santa Monica)
      Bar Hayama (on Sawtelle)
      Place Yuu (actually an izakaya, but with great sushi too; on Sawtelle & Mississippi)
      Sushi Mac (on Sawtelle; warning: It is very INexpensive, scarily so)

      I don't recommend Asuka (on Westwood, next to the Majestic Crest movie theater).

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      Bar Hayama
      11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Place Yuu
      2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Sushi King
      1330 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

      5 Replies
      1. re: J.L.

        respectfully disagree with the sushi mac rec.
        when i went there, virtually everything was vile.

        imho, hide is a much stronger recommendation and
        sushi masu, is a respectable neighborhood joint.
        i liked u-zen, but seem to recall that we exceeded AtomicSuplex's budget there. . . .
        have not tried place yuu nor bar hayama

        my normal go-to place for sushi is K-Zo on culver in culver city.
        to come in at budget, though, keep track of what you are ordering.

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

        1. re: westsidegal

          U-zen has at least one menu sushi "set" that would be budget appropriate.

          1. re: westsidegal

            also went way over budget at U-Zen. The allure of their off-menu rarely seen fish was too strong.

            1. re: westsidegal

              .

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              Sushi Mac
              8474 W 3rd St Ste 106, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. re: westsidegal

                There is a reason I said Sushi Mac is scarily cheap, westsidegal...

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                Sushi Mac
                8474 W 3rd St Ste 106, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            2. I know there are many haters but I still enjoy sugarfish

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              1. re: gordo26

                I like sugarFISH too, but it's omakase only.

                1. re: J.L.

                  You can order a la carte at SugarFISH, it isn't omakase only.

                  1. re: hrhboo

                    I thought you have to sit through the omakase before the a la caret options became available...?

                    1. re: J.L.

                      No, you can just order a la carte if that's your preference.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Yep, it's even written on the menu along with a list of all the a la carte options.

                          "Almost everyone orders one of the three Trust Me’s; however, you are welcome to order a la carte."

                          http://www.sugarfishsushi.com/press_i...

                          I've never gone for any of the "Trust Me" options since they aren't really an omakase experience but rather just a set menu.

                          1. re: hrhboo

                            Reading the fine print on the menu for men is akin to reading the instruction manual...we just don't go there. ;-D>

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Don't I know it! But even a man can't miss a full a la carte menu of sashimi, sushi and rolls :)

                              1. re: hrhboo

                                Kick me when I'm down... Thank you ma'am, may I have another? :-)

                                I guess by the end of my workday, I'm sick of reading fine print. I just figured that since the original "sushi nazi" owns sugarfish, that we have to go omakase there. It's just that I actually like their tasting menus, so I never bothered to question alternative modes of ordering there.

                                1. re: J.L.

                                  It wasn't my intention to deliver a swift foot to a fallen man, my apologies :)

                                  I totally see what you mean about the set menus, and it's true that almost everybody opts for them as they offer most of the items Sugarfish does best.

                                  1. re: hrhboo

                                    In the land of the woman the two eyed man is blind...("Where is my Steely Dan tee shirt, honey? I can't find it." - as it sits directly in front of me - Doh!). ;-D>

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      the fact that hrhboo apologizes to J.L. when she did nothing wrong but state the obvious is also a testament to the differences between men and women and the cultural expectations we have of each -- she apologizes to him for pointing out that he's wrong instead of him apologizing for being wrong. interesting.

                                      I expect this post to be eliminated within a few minutes, but I stand by it

                                      1. re: NAspy

                                        On any online board, there is the high road and there is the low road.

                                        hrhboo (gender is irrelevant) showed a lot of class, and chose not to escalate (not that I would have replied in kind, since I was wrong to begin with anyways)...

                                        In the past, I've had to apologize to defuse certain situations, even on occasions when I felt that I was in the right. Why? Because frankly, life is just too short to waste arguing over netiquette on an internet food forum, however awesome as the forum may be...

                2. BiMi. Good prices, good sushi - very good if you sit at the bar and decent cooked stuff too. It's right down the block from the old AsaKuma as well.

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                  Bimi
                  11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                  1. Wow...thanks for all of your suggestions! You've given us a lot to think about.

                    The ones that will work location-wise and seem the most interesting right now are:

                    Hide
                    Bimi
                    U-Zen
                    Bar Hayama

                    In terms of price, are these about the same? We tend to stick to ordering nigiri or sashimi a la carte and stay away from the rolls, except for the occasional spider roll...

                    Again, thanks for your help.

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                    Bar Hayama
                    11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                    Bimi
                    11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: AtomicSuplex

                      More or less, Hide is inexpensive, cash only and feels like a neighborhood place you'd find in Japan. BiMi is nicer on the inside, also inexpensive but maybe not quite as cheap as Hide. Bar Hayama is a cool location with a fire pit outside and more expensive than the others. Strictly speaking it's not a sushi bar either, more creative Japanese bar food with a sushi and sake bars, but the fish they have is good. Of course I don't remember Asakuma being that cheap either, but then I only went for dinner. Never been to U-zen so I can't say.

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                      Bar Hayama
                      11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      Asakuma Restaurant
                      11701 Wilshire Blvd Ste 15, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      1. re: AAQjr

                        agree that Bar Hayama is more expensive than the others. I can put away quite a bit of fish and it gets my check up there...

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                        Bar Hayama
                        11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      2. re: AtomicSuplex

                        to reiterate AAQjr:
                        if you go to hide, be aware that they only accept green-money cash--no plastic.

                      3. Hamakaze Sushi & Izakaya
                        13327 W. Washington Blvd
                        Los Angeles, CA 90066
                        310-822-9900
                        http://www.hamakazevenice.com/sushi_menu

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                        Hamakaze
                        13327 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                        1. re: yinyangdi

                          i stopped going to Hamakaze because it is just as expensive as many of the top-tier sushi bars in town and, for that kind of money i'd rather go to a top-tier place.
                          even ordering just water to drink, and only saba, one the cheapest varieties of sushi they serve, it ended up costing me $40 to get out of there for lunch including tax and tip.
                          the times i went there with my friday-night dining group, even ordering NO alcohol, the tab was well over $60/pp including tax and tip for a very small amount of food.

                          for that kind of money, i can get so much more quantity and somewhat better quality at k-zo in culver city, or, alternatively, i can get the same quantity and much better quality at echigo.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            I agree. We stopped even doing the "Happy hour" stuff there because it was mostly cooked dishes and we always ended up paying a fortune for sushi anyway!
                            ... and, I must say, for cooked dishes Sakura House across the street has them beat six ways til Sunday.

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                            Sakura House
                            13362 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                        2. I second U-Zen. Went there a couple of weeks ago, and had a good meal. At 8 or 8:3o they start a "late night happy hour" 7 days a week, 3.5 dollar certain rolls and appetizers. So you can really keep your bill down. Salmon was particularly fresh and the albacore. It's in your hood. The atmosphere is very un-LA. Kinda 90's sushi joint in non-urbane town.