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

circe0723 Jul 14, 2011 01:54 PM

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. Porthos RE: circe0723 Jul 14, 2011 02:07 PM

    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. J.L. RE: circe0723 Jul 14, 2011 05:26 PM

      Konowata: At Sushi Gen
      Hokkaido uni: At Mori Sushi

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

      1. liu RE: circe0723 Jul 14, 2011 05:51 PM

        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

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          sushigirlie RE: circe0723 Jul 14, 2011 07:31 PM

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

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            sablouwho RE: sushigirlie Jul 16, 2011 08:26 AM

            I love Go's. Anyplace similar in WLA?

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              J.L. RE: sablouwho Jul 16, 2011 10:38 AM

              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

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                sushigirlie RE: sablouwho Jul 16, 2011 10:03 PM

                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

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                  J.L. RE: sushigirlie Jul 17, 2011 12:52 AM

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

            2. westsidegal RE: circe0723 Jul 16, 2011 12:06 AM

              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. . . .

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                BSW6490 RE: circe0723 Jul 16, 2011 04:01 PM

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

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                  J.L. RE: BSW6490 Jul 18, 2011 04:47 PM

                  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. circe0723 RE: circe0723 Jul 18, 2011 02:47 PM

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

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                    liu RE: circe0723 Jul 18, 2011 02:59 PM

                    I anxiously await your reviews!

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