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kevin Apr 9, 2011 11:51 PM

It's been a few months since I've had sushi, so what's your favorite joint for high-end sushi (by high end I mean up to about teh Mori price range)

Thanks.

  1. westsidegal Apr 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    i still am in the camp of Sushi-Zo as #1 choice.

    1. ipsedixit Apr 10, 2011 11:50 AM

      Kiyokawa.

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        andytseng Apr 10, 2011 01:14 PM

        along those same lines... if you can get a reservation at n/naka, i think that experience is something else.

        neither are pure sushi meals.

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          ipsedixit Apr 10, 2011 01:20 PM

          Have you been to n/naka? Any thoughts?

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            andytseng Apr 10, 2011 01:35 PM

            Went last Thursday and had a great time. Same staff as from Inaka, so the service is still on point. I don't think we've really seen the full breadth of what Chef NIki can do in her new kitchen, but it's still a great meal.

            Same crab & egg dish (delicious, as always), and the same wagyu beef dish from Inaka. Other prepared dishes seem a bit more refined for an experience more fitting the space.

            Sushi-wise, All the fish is fresh and delicious. Particularly the Kumamoto oyster I had.

            1. re: andytseng
              ipsedixit Apr 10, 2011 01:50 PM

              Thanks. I still lament her departure from Arcadia.

      2. Servorg Apr 10, 2011 12:32 PM

        While I haven't been it seems like it might be an ideal time to try the new Shunji's on Melrose.

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        Shunji's
        7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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          BombayUpWithaTwist Apr 13, 2011 04:41 PM

          I too keep thinking I need to try Shunji's and I love going to Asanebo his brother's place!

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          Asanebo
          11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

          Shunji's
          7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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            Servorg Apr 13, 2011 04:47 PM

            I would love to get there too. Just gotta save up my nickels and dimes for a while as those great Japanese places then to add up fast (although my wife and I did go to Santouka in Mar Vista last night for a great - and reasonably inexpensive - bowl of ramen).

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            Santouka
            3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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              dwg Apr 14, 2011 04:21 PM

              Word. Asanebo.

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              Asanebo
              11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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            NAspy Apr 10, 2011 08:51 PM

            Was recently at Sasabune and really very impressed by the omakase. Dining companions ordered off the sushi menu and were also really happy. I know there are complaints about the pre-sliced nature of the offerings, but is that true at dinner? We were at a table and everything was fresh and incredibly good, the pieces were *much* bigger than at Sushi Zo (my go-to place). Only downside -- rice fell apart on a couple of the nigiri. I paid $65 for the omakase -- it included albacore, oyster, baked mussel, tuna, yellowtail, halibut, scallop, a couple different mackerals, golden eye snapper, wonderful crab roll and a few other things I can't remember.

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            Sushi Zo
            9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            Sasabune
            12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              kevin Apr 10, 2011 09:57 PM

              supposedly the "american" omakase at sasabune starts at 65 bucks,.a nd the "japanse" omakase which i take it includes abalone sashimi to up the price starts at 95 bucks. it's been a while since i have had omakase there.

              but i did try the 18 dollar lunch special with is either a tuna bowl or albacore bowl, and three pieces of sushi, a green salad w ponzu dressing, and miso soup, and either a tuna handroll or blue crab handrooll, and you know what it ain't half bad... yeah, it can't compete with the omakase at bar, but at that price point what can???

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                NAspy Apr 13, 2011 07:46 AM

                That lunch sounds like a great deal.

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                  westsidegal Apr 13, 2011 10:55 AM

                  to kevin:
                  don't mean to hijack the thread, but if we're talking lunch specials, just a couple of dollars more expensive than the sasabune special, the weekday lunch specials at mori are worthy of mention.
                  as with sasabune, these don't begin to compare with a dinner omakase in quality, but the price/quality/quantity ratios on the lunch specials are darn good!

                  1. re: westsidegal
                    ipsedixit Apr 13, 2011 11:32 AM

                    Have you been to Mori since the change in ownership?

                    Heard nothing but positives about Maru-san thus far.

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                      kevin Apr 13, 2011 11:35 AM

                      So it's officially changed ownership? Morisan is in longer there? Or is he still the chef and he just sold his ownership stake in the joint?

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                        westsidegal Apr 13, 2011 04:21 PM

                        truthfully, i've not gone since the change.

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