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Sushi Zo, anyone been recently?

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kevin Aug 9, 2011 05:07 PM

what are your thoughts?

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Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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    foodiemahoodie Aug 27, 2011 12:59 AM

    BTW - Mori is actually at Mori's on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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      foodiemahoodie Aug 15, 2011 01:50 PM

      Yes. Very recently. It was my second time and pretty much like my first time. The place was kind of dead (how do they survive?) They're a little on the bossy side and fairly charmless. The food comes quickly (you want a 30 minute omakase? This is the place. My friend said "it's like cocaine, except 100 bucks of blow will last longer". )

      Compared to Mori? Mori is more personable. No, make that MUCH more personable. The service at Zo is so indifferent as to make you wonder if they really want you there at all. Odd.

      Sushi? Sushi is great. Compared to Mori - Zo is all nigiri, nothing cooked (at least the lunchtime didn't). And it is "sauced" with more variations than Mori. If it's all about sauce, Zo would win.

      I still lean toward Mori, more so since my last visit. But Zo is a nice change of pace. Even though the service is unusual.

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        sushigirlie Aug 26, 2011 09:32 PM

        I pretty much agree. The nigiri are served too quickly. But I like Zo's selection of nigiri, which is often more diverse and interesting than Mori's.

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          westsidegal Aug 26, 2011 09:57 PM

          my tastebuds choose Zo.
          unlike others on this board, i've always been treated extremely cordially at zo, yet i do understand mori's considerable charm.
          still, if it is my own money that i'm going to be spending, it will be zo every time. my tastebuds direct my behavior on sushi.

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            sushigirlie Aug 26, 2011 10:02 PM

            I've always found the service from the waitstaff at Zo very good. Sometimes it's been obsessively good. I understand why people are put off by Keizo, but he seems like a good guy--just not gregarious. The "soup nazi" comparisons are pretty apt, lol.

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            foodiemahoodie Aug 27, 2011 12:58 AM

            I'm not sure they're more diverse, but since I tgo to Mori so much - it appears that way. In that they have fish I haven't had at Mori.

            But I've had fish at Mori I haven't had at Zo. One of my favs @ Mori is barracuda. And the slight char they put on it. I don't remember two kinds of uni at Zo. Or needlefish.

            My point is - if I went to Zo a lot, then to Mori - and tasted new fish - would I think Mori was more diverse?

            I've seen a lot of chefs at Mori; Bruce Marder, Josiah Citrin, Alain Giraud. And painters. And the sweetest girl in the world works there. I fall in love a little everytime.

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          namstermonster Aug 15, 2011 01:01 AM

          Almost always serves it (as long as u spend 80$??), however, the last time I went he said he hadn't had the fruit in a whiles but that he should have it again soon. Twas the 1st time I heard that in my yrs @zo. :/

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            sushigirlie Aug 26, 2011 09:28 PM

            I went this week and they did not serve the yuzu drink. (I didn't ask about it--I could take it or leave it.)

          2. westsidegal Aug 9, 2011 05:43 PM

            was there about 3 or 4 months ago.
            it was terrific.

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              sushigirlie Aug 9, 2011 07:53 PM

              Same here.

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                kevin Aug 13, 2011 06:03 PM

                Hey guys. How much is the going rate per person now? And does he still serve the shot of sweetened yuzu juice at the end???

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                  westsidegal Aug 13, 2011 08:03 PM

                  1) dunno the going rate now because since the 2008 meltdown i can only go there when someone else is treating.
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                  2) irrc he did still serve the juice. to me, the high point of the meal, though, is not the yuzu juice, it is his treatment of monkfish iiver.

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                    sushigirlie Aug 13, 2011 08:43 PM

                    1) always has been less than $200 pp with sake.
                    2) yes, i've always had the juice at the end.

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