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Best Sushi Lunch - Omakase. Nowza / Zo / Mori / Sasabune?

uhockey Oct 19, 2011 01:40 PM

Just as the title states. I went to Matsuhisa last time in town and enjoyed it a lot, but was with family and didn't sit at the bar. Still gunshy about the cost/benefit ratio of Urasawa for someone with a midwestern palate for sushi (IE, can distinguish good from bad, but perhaps now stellar from really good) but want to experience some excellent sushi at around the ~$100 mark while in town.

Thanks.

http://endoedibles.com

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

Matsuhisa
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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

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  1. westsidegal RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 02:34 PM

    not a direct answer to your question, but as a general rule: i recommend AGAINST getting any restaurant's lunch specials if you want excellent sushi.
    even when such specials are offered by otherwise excellent restaurants, in my experience, the lunch specials have not been up to snuff with the "regular" sushi/omakase served in those establishments.

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      uhockey RE: westsidegal Oct 19, 2011 02:54 PM

      I was not asking about "lunch specials"

      I was asking about ordering Omakase during lunch hours.

      http://endoedibles.com

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        westsidegal RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 06:19 PM

        good.
        just an abundance of caution on my part.

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      Jwsel RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 03:15 PM

      Kiriko has a sushi lunch omakase for about $40 -- soup, salad, and 10 pieces of sushi (usually 9 pieces of nigiri that change daily and a blue crab roll). The fish is excellent and I find it better than any of the places you've mentioned. You could do that and supplement it with additional courses or ask for a regualr omakase at a $100 price point. I've asked them to set a top-end price before on omakase and have had great meals there.

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

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        uhockey RE: Jwsel Oct 19, 2011 04:11 PM

        Kiriko has a good location for me - need to read up on them a bit.

        http://endoedibles.com

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

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          Clyde RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 05:42 PM

          Kiriko is AWESOME!

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

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          foodiemahoodie RE: Jwsel Oct 21, 2011 01:42 AM

          I thought the lunch time omakase there (Kiriko) was more than 40, but less that 100. (I'm on here somewhere with the price). It was very good. I prefer Mori, but really enjoyed this. In fact I'll probably be back here before I got to Mori.

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          cls RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 03:31 PM

          IMO, Nozawa and Sasabune are not in the same class. Their heavily brined and sauced fish are not the same type of meal that Zo or Mori serve. If you choose that, Nozawa wins by a mile over Sasabune, but if you want more traditional sushi go to Mori or Zo.

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

          1. Porthos RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 03:56 PM

            Mori. Full Omakase about $120-$150pp. Go Friday lunch.

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              uhockey RE: Porthos Oct 19, 2011 04:10 PM

              Friday won't work - would either be Monday or Tuesday - but knowing your tastes I trust you have good reason for the Friday recommendation?

              Also, I've left Saturday evenign open in case you hear anything about LQ.

              http://endoedibles.com

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                Porthos RE: uhockey Oct 19, 2011 04:20 PM

                Tuesday lunch is perfect then for Mori. Fish comes in on Tuesdays and Fridays. Ask for Mori or the new owner. Either the far right or far left end of the sushi bar.

                My sister stopped by SK and the menu is set for the truffle dinner by LQ. Date is not. Will keep you updated.

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                  uhockey RE: Porthos Oct 19, 2011 04:33 PM

                  Beautiful. Thanks.

                  http://endoedibles.com

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                    kevin RE: Porthos Oct 19, 2011 05:03 PM

                    Please do tell about the truffle dinner at LQ, and how do I get on his mailing list or rather email list???

                    Thank you.

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                      Porthos RE: kevin Oct 19, 2011 05:05 PM

                      http://www.bistrolq.com/LQ/SK/Foodings/

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                  Bert RE: Porthos Oct 19, 2011 04:40 PM

                  Have you been to Mori since it was sold? Any change in quality?
                  Edit: this was a misplaced response to Porthos, though it sounds like Mori still works there even though he no longer owns the place?

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                    Porthos RE: Bert Oct 19, 2011 04:43 PM

                    Went during the transition. Long time patron JL has gone since the change in ownership and sat with the new owner (long time sushi chef at Mori) and reported absolutely no change in quality.

                    Plus, Mori is still there Tuesdays and Fridays according to JL.

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                      J.L. RE: Bert Oct 19, 2011 05:22 PM

                      The new owner of Mori Sushi is Maru-san, who by the way has worked at that exact restaurant for quite some time before assuming ownership from Mori-san.

                      No discernible changes in operations/quality at all since the transition, from my perspective, with the exception of the logo on the signage, which Mori-san took with him.

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

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                        Servorg RE: J.L. Oct 20, 2011 08:59 AM

                        "...with the exception of the logo on the signage, which Mori-san took with him."

                        And then he left his name behind in exchange...

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                          foodiemahoodie RE: Servorg Oct 21, 2011 01:44 AM

                          I notice no difference either.

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                        LATrapp RE: Bert Oct 21, 2011 12:43 PM

                        Mori is as solid as ever. Change of ownership in this case is essentially unnoticeable. Same staff etc.

                    2. uhockey RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 12:51 PM

                      Mori seems to be a heavy concensus amongst palates I trust, so I think I'll go with it.

                      Thanks to you all.

                      http://endoedibles.com

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                        Delucacheesemonger RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 01:09 PM

                        Add to my vote for Mori, have been to 11 places in the southern California area, and enjoyed my time at Mori very much, plant to return in January.

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                          uhockey RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 21, 2011 03:05 PM

                          Did not figure sushi to be your scene. Interesting.

                          Have you done Urasawa?

                          http://endoedibles.com

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

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                          J.L. RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 02:36 PM

                          Just make sure you sit at the bar and not at a table at Mori Sushi.

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

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                            LATrapp RE: J.L. Oct 21, 2011 05:03 PM

                            Agree. Also, Mori is a very friendly sushi experience. Feel free to relax, enjoy, and ask questions.

                        3. uhockey RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 05:27 PM

                          Odd question, but does Mori have enough room for luggage if I were to opt to go there directly from LAX when I arrive?

                          The conference I'm attending doesn't start till 2pm and I get in at 11am so I think I'd have plenty of time, but I'd be with bags.

                          http://endoedibles.com

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                            J.L. RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 06:38 PM

                            I see no problems with that. They can probably stow it somewhere.

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                              LATrapp RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 07:17 PM

                              Mori is fairly spacious and never really feels 'packed'. They are pretty relaxed about everything but the food there so I would definitely call them up and give them a heads up.

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                                westsidegal RE: uhockey Oct 21, 2011 08:39 PM

                                irrc,
                                they lock the door at 2:15pm.
                                so, if your flight runs late, taking your luggage may be your only option.

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