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Mar 30, 2012 07:03 AM

Best Omakase in Los Angeles for $100?

I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a day on April 20 (so less than a month away) and I'm looking for the best omakase for $100 or under. We are willing to drive, so location is not a big deal. Where can we get the freshest, best fish (and still get a reservation less than a month away)? We are looking for good fish, not necessarily giant rolls with lots of stuff in them (although if you feel strongly, we won't discount those). Thanks!

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  1. $100 per person, tops, for a somewhat edomae omakase?

    This rules out perennial favorites Mori, Sushi Zo, Go's Mart, and possibly Kiriko (each of which is >$100pp).

    Try Sushi Gen (in Little Tokyo), Shibucho (on Beverly Blvd.) and Sushi Kimagure Ike (in Pasadena).

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    1. re: J.L.

      Price is ridiculously variable @Sushi Gen and you feel like a number. I would avoid for omakase.

      1. re: J.L.

        How about Shibucho ?

        One of my absolute. All time favorites.

        1. re: J.L.

          I consider J.L. an authority on this subject and agree with his suggestion of Kimagure Ike. Excellent quality fish and in very generous portions, for only $80. Kiriko also has an excellent omakase, less than $100/pp when I was there, and would probably work within your budget. That said, I say spring for a few extra bucks and get the top LA sushi experience at Sushi Zo or Mori.

          Also, nobody has mentioned the new Shunji's on Pico. While somewhat more of a kaiseki dining experience, we had a phenomenal omakase for only $80/pp. I'm sure you could request a sushi-only omakase and have an outstanding meal for under $100.

          1. re: DoogDoof

            J.L. has very impressive knowledge of top-quality Japanese food, and am always impressed by the insightful descriptions. Good call, DoogDoof.

        2. I think Sasabune would work. Its is somewhat controversial on this board, but I am a big fan. Its in West LA. I have heard Sushi Gen is very good, but every time I have tried to go, the wait has been ridiculous.

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          1. re: BSW6490

            At least at lunch, the wait is not for the sushi bar; the wait is for a table at which you can order a lunch special. You can walk right into the sushi bar. I'm not a huge fan of Sushi Gen. I'd call it "pretty good"--not "very good."

            1. Under $100? Kiyokawa, Mako, Shibucho. None requires res a month out. We're LA, not NYC.

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              1. re: TonyC

                Mako is passable, but it doesn't belong in the conversation if someone is coming all the way from NYC to have LA sushi.

                Kiriko's LUNCH omakase would work, now that I think about it.

                1. re: J.L.

                  I'd like to agree to disagree. Had a tremendous Mako meal last year on his anniversary celebration. He went all out and just took us for a rollercoaster ride. It made the meal I had at Azami feel like Olive Garden. Will not ever deal with n/naka.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Glad you had such a tremendous meal there on their anniversary celebration. But how is Mako on an average day?

                    1. re: TonyC

                      Did I miss something or was the includsion of n/naka a non-sequitor?

                      1. re: foodiemahoodie

                        I hadn't mentioned n/naka in this thread before. First of all, it's more of a seafood kaiseki, not omakase. Secondly, meals at n/naka don't fit within the OP's price limit anyways.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          You're J.L. but I was referring to Tony C's comment "Will not ever deal with n/naka." - - was that a negative slam out of the blue? Or just his way of saying the price is not in line with O.P.'s price guide?

                          1. re: foodiemahoodie

                            Sorry, I should have replied to TonyC with that comment...

                        2. re: foodiemahoodie

                          foodiemahoodie: Chef Niki was @ Azami on Melrose, then went out to SGV to Inaka in Arcadia before opening n/naka in Palms.

                          1. re: yinyangdi

                            Thanks for this info. I used to frequent Azami and when Chef Niki left it quickly went down hill. I dropped $100 for frozen sushi! the salmon hadn't even thawed out yet... but glad to here Chef Niki is still around. I miss the good old Azami days.

                    2. re: TonyC

                      Kiyokawa & kiriko are my suggestions. Just let them know at Kiriko what you're budget is. Kiyokawa is around $70 and they have options for less than that.

                    3. Shibucho is generally over $100 nowadays.
                      Asanebo has a couple of set menus that are under $100 as I recall.
                      Toshi Sushi downtown is a better bet than Gen IMO.
                      Shibucho Costa Mesa would do it, how far are you willing to drive?

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                      1. re: cls

                        We're going to be going from the airport to Laguna Beach, so that would be fine.