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Jun 2, 2012 01:47 PM

Inexpensive AYCE Sushi between Glendale/Burbank and Santa Clarita?

We're hoping to find a reasonably priced all you can eat sushi buffet place (less than 20/person, if that exists) for a weekday dinner. We're in the Glendale/Burbank area and our friends are in Santa Clarita, so anything in either of those areas or between is fine. Any suggestions?

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  1. Hokkaido Seafood Buffet, in Encino, would seem to fit your criteria. A fair selection of sushi at a buffet plus many hot dishes to choose from. For non-buffet ayce sushi, there's Midori in Sherman Oaks. I think Midori is around $27.00 per person.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Mmm, Midori looks good- there's one in Studio City which is actually pretty convenient for us. I guess non-buffet would probably be better quality. Have you been? I saw something on their yelp reviews about a one-hour limit which doesn't sound great to me- I don't like to be rushed when eating.

      1. re: tinnywatty

        Well, non-buffet is generally quite better. Midori is okay but just okay. However, if you can avail yourself of happy hour, the Midori owned Izakaya M is quite good, and just a bit east, also in Sherman Oaks.

      2. re: Bob Brooks

        Hokkaido is nasty and the sushi offerings are very limited. To give you context, I once took my brother to Hokkaido, knowing he liked Todai and enjoyed AYCE. He thought most of the food at Hokkaido was inedible.

        Midori is okay, but probably the best option in the area. I haven't been in awhile, but they did have the one-hour limit on AYCE. However, that was never an issue because food was delivered pretty quickly.

        1. re: Jwsel

          Thanks for the report. Hokkaido didn't look like it offered enough sushi options. I think we'll probably end up at Midori unless we decide to save money and go with a la carte, but regarding suvro's post downthread I suppose I'll avoid the spicy tuna rolls. Thanks for all the replies!

          1. re: tinnywatty

            I think the Midori west of the 405 is by far the nicest location. Last time I went there I called beforehand and asked on what day they get their fish shipments, and I think they said W and F, but I'm not 100% sure so maybe you should call yourself.

            If you go on the day they get their fish shipment, everything should be fresh. I mostly eat nigiri sushi and they give a normal proportion of fish/rice, so it's good for me. Plus they have ono/white tuna (ESCOLAR) which I absolutely love, but don't eat too much of that!

            I haven't found or heard of a better place for AYCE in LA than the Midori in Encino. The jalapeno bomb is a must try (it's not too hot).

        1. re: Servorg

          Have you eaten there? I'm wary of a place that offers "Asian" food rather than Japanese specifically. And their sushi bar menu doesn't look very extensive.

          1. re: tinnywatty

            I was there once but I don't really think much of any of the AYCE sushi places so I guess I'll just say it was acceptable and leave it at that.

            1. re: Servorg

              Being from India originally, this following news item relating to cheap sushi caught my eye:
              Tuna from Kerala upsets American stomachs - http://articles.timesofindia.indiatim...

              Looks like many places have used "tuna scrape" from this Indian company in their spicy tuna rolls. I wonder about the quality of AYCE sushi.