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lexismore Oct 18, 2011 12:43 PM

I've read a bunch on these boards about the best sushi omakase in LA, and had narrowed it down to Sushi Zo or Mori Sushi. Unfortunately, like many great sushi places, both are closed on Sundays. Price isn't my main concern, although I'm guessing it'd be around $100-125pp (not including drinks/tax/tip). I'm not really interested in cooked food/appetizers/etc, just sushi.

Currently, I'm thinking maybe Kiriko? Is there something better? Also, I'm not sure how hard it would be to get a seat there on shortish notice.

As a bit of background, I'm from NYC. I love Yasuda, 15 East and Gari. For this particular trip I'm hoping to get something more traditional than avant garde, although if the best place for Sunday is more fusion-y that's ok too.

Thanks in advance!

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Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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

Mori Sushi
34320 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste B, Dana Point, CA 92629

  1. TonyC Oct 18, 2011 12:54 PM

    Mako Sushi in Little Tokyo is open Sunday, as is Toshi in Little Tokyo. They're rather homely compared to Mori/Kiriko, but both enjoyable in their own ways.

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    Mako Sushi
    123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 307, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Little Tokyo Restaurant
    150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

    Toshi
    15489 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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      rvd72 Oct 18, 2011 12:58 PM

      I like Kiriko. But I think one of Kiriko's strength is in their cooked and raw dishes. If you just want sushi, I think Kiriko is a bit lacking.

      But if you do go to Kiriko, ask if they have their homemade sesame ice cream and if they do...be sure to leave room for dessert!

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

      1. westsidegal Oct 18, 2011 01:35 PM

        if you are willing to totally forsake any ambiance,
        to my palate, if i can't have Sushi Zo nor Mori Sushi, and it was all about the quality of the sushi, i'd go to Echigo.

        that said, most of the time other factors come into play, such as the niceness of the room, etc.
        the room at Echigo is a glass-walled room with no view. the floor is ceramic tile. i would guess that probably NO interior designer ever took part in any of the design decisions.

        Nonetheless their monkfish liver is on par with Sushi-Zo and although they have somewhat less variety, the fish they have served me has always been sublime.

        this is not a place i would normally take my girlfriends, nor would i take a date there.
        this IS a place that i would go to with a "kindred soul" who understands that, at Echigo, it is all-about-the-fish.

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        Echigo
        12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          lexismore Oct 18, 2011 04:45 PM

          Echigo looks great, but unfortunately they're closed on Sunday as well.

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          Echigo
          12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. re: lexismore
            westsidegal Oct 18, 2011 05:35 PM

            i was going on the info from LA Menu Pages.
            sorry.

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              Servorg Oct 19, 2011 09:42 AM

              What about K-Zo?

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

              1. re: Servorg
                westsidegal Oct 19, 2011 12:15 PM

                k-zo is where i go with my friends and dates when i need an "all-around" sushi meal:
                that is, good food, served in a pretty environment that is conducive to socializing, at a price that won't shock, good price/quality/quantity ratios, with easy parking.

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            kevin Oct 20, 2011 05:06 PM

            thanks for the reminder. i never go to sushi zo anymore.

            so this will be the next best thing.

            i think it's been over 3 years or so since i have been ther3ee

            1. re: kevin
              westsidegal Oct 20, 2011 07:36 PM

              went to sushi zo about two weeks ago.
              fabulous fish.
              unlike others on this board, i've always been treated well there.
              the only reason it's not on my regular rotation anymore is the 2008 financial meltdown.

              if you go to echigo during lunch hour, i'd advise ordering from the regular menu--not getting their lunch special. the fish:rice ratio of the nigiri offered in the lunch special is different from that on the regular menu, and to my palate, it makes a difference.

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                kevin Oct 20, 2011 07:39 PM

                Thanks westsisde gal,

                is it ok to order, at Echigo, omakase at lunch at the sushi bar?

                Yea. I'll skip the lunch special. Though I've always liked the lunch special.

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                Echigo
                12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                1. re: kevin
                  westsidegal Oct 20, 2011 07:42 PM

                  i believe so.
                  i'd call to find out.
                  i've never had enough time at lunch to properly enjoy an omakase meal. so i can't speak from personal experience.

                  just to be clear, the fish quality of the Echigo lunch special is, to my palate, far superior to the fish quality served at the Mori lunch special. It's the ratio change that causes me to eschew it.
                  (Let's face it, at "lunch special" prices, SOMETHING has to give no matter where you go: either the selection of the type of fish, the quality of the fish, or the quantity of the fish. Good fish costs too much at wholesale for there to be a lot of price flexibility on the retail end. when you add the perishability factor, you have the whole picture )

          3. J.L. Oct 18, 2011 06:06 PM

            I'm sure you've seen me say this on other threads, but I'll reiterate: Sunday is just not a great day to have sushi in L.A. There's a reason many of the well-reviewed sushi-yas are closed on Sundays in this town...

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              New Trial Oct 19, 2011 01:51 AM

              For a Sunday, Kiriko is probably your best bet, subject to J.L.'s caveat below.

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

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                thebigjelly Oct 19, 2011 08:03 AM

                Go's Mart is open on Sunday. Kind of out of the way but good. And expensive for omakase.

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

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                  kevin Oct 20, 2011 05:08 PM

                  Go's Mart is by far my top choice if you are going out that way, or rather Go Smart.

                  But yeah, it can definitely get upwards of 100 bucks to 150 bones per person without even trying too hard.

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

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                TailbackU Oct 20, 2011 02:51 PM

                Sunday is no day for sushi.

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                  annie Oct 20, 2011 06:35 PM

                  How about Shibucho (the one in Westlake)? If you let Shige san guide you, the results are almost always incredible - just let him know which sea creatures you're not that fond of eating - and he'll tailor to your taste. Plus, he has great wine if you're not feeling like sake. But its sushi and sashimi only.

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                  Shibucho
                  3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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                    kevin Oct 20, 2011 07:20 PM

                    I concur with the Shibucho rec. After Go's Mart, it's my favorite in LA now that I no longer go to Zo.

                    But sadly, shige's Shibucho is not open on Sundays.

                    Btw, Annie, what are some of the dishes you like to get at Shibucho?
                    And btw, his eggplant parmigiana is off the proverbial hook so it's not strictly sushi and sashimi, though the sushi and sashimi that he does serve is strictly traditonal.

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

                    Shibucho
                    3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                    1. re: kevin
                      J.L. Oct 20, 2011 10:13 PM

                      Hmm... Another esteemed sushi place that's closed on Sundays. Seeing a pattern?

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