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Sushi spots that feature unusual/hard to find fish, unique flavors/combos?

I am officially on a sushi binge, and I need to find new places to try out that offer some new, interesting flavors (to me)....I need some suggestions, please. Willing to travel!

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  1. Kiriko. Cod sperm sac, live mantis prawn are two unusual items I've had there.

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

    1. Konowata: At Sushi Gen
      Hokkaido uni: At Mori Sushi

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      Mori Sushi
      11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. Hello, circe0723.

        In the San Fernando Valley, I think both Asanebo in Studio City and Sushi Iki in Tarzana -- both on Ventura Boulevard -- are capable of challenging your taste buds.

        I like Asanebo for their creative approach; they offer all styles of sushi. I like Sushi Iki for the live selection.

        At either bar, make it clear to the chef that you wish to try new and unique flavors and combos. I often think that some sushi chefs are far more capable than they appear; they hold back until they get to know their customers. Let your desires be known and I think either of these bars is capable of delivering.

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        Asanebo
        11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        Sushi Iki
        18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356

        1. Unusual fish: Sushi Zo
          Unique flavors/combos: Go's Mart

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          1. re: sushigirlie

            I love Go's. Anyplace similar in WLA?

            1. re: sablouwho

              Sushi Zo
              Mori Sushi

              More kaiseki: n/naka, Urasawa, Kiyokawa, Kiriko

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

              Sushi Zo
              9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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

              Mori Sushi
              11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. re: sablouwho

                I wouldn't say so. I think Go's is pretty unique.

                Like J.L., I also recommend Zo, Mori, Urasawa, and Kiriko (haven't been to the other two he listed). I don't see them as similar to Go's Mart, however. Go's Mart is ultra-non-traditional in my (somewhat limited) experience.

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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

                Go's Mart
                22330 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303

                1. re: sushigirlie

                  Simply referring to freshness of offerings, not really about decor. I mentioned "More kaiseki" just as a 411 to OP on serving style...

            2. caveats;
              1) unusual fish often means fish that are flown in from afar, therefore fish that are more expensive than normal--sometimes by a factor of 30. unless you are very monied or on an expense account, you may want to inquire about the price of some of this stuff BEFORE ordering it.

              2) unique combinations of flavors are often found in very americanized sushi bars that are looking for ways to use the fish scraps that a traditional sushi bar would never stoop to serve. often the tip-off is seeing mayonaise in the mix. . . .

              1. Sasabone always has creative great tasting "trust me" sushi. On Olympic near Bundy.

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                1. re: BSW6490

                  Just as a point of accuracy: It's spelled SasabUne, and it's on Wilshire near Bundy, not Olympic.

                  Oh, and at Sasabune they offer a pre-cut, standard omakase for everyone. Not too creative, in my opinion. I will say that the fish quality is generally fresh and tasty.

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

                2. Thanks all for your two cents. Bookmarked all your suggestions, and will go check them out! :-)

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                  1. re: circe0723

                    I anxiously await your reviews!