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Jun 23, 2012 06:20 PM

Authentic Japanese restaurant to take Japanese client near the downtown LA?

Does anyone have recommendations for an authentic Japanese restaurant near the downtown to take Japanese client? It's a business dinner and prefer a high end place. Thank you.

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  1. Sushi Gen. There's going to be a bit of a wait, but ask for seats at the sushi bar.

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    1. Are you sure this Japanese client would prefer to have Japanese food after coming all the way to southern California?

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      1. re: Tripeler

        Yes. Japanese but traveling from Midwest where they don't have many or any Japanese restaurants.

      2. While I do like Sushi Gen, I don't exactly consider it high-end, and given how bustling it is I'm not quite sure it's business dinner appropriate.
        Have you considered Shibucho on Beverly? It's downtown-adjacent, intimate, quiet, and has top-grade fish quality. Plus he has an out of this world wine list. Have a meal, hammer out a deal, then celebrate with a bottle of 20yr old Grand Cru Burgundy.

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        1. re: jdwdeville

          Thank you for your good suggestion. Grand Cru Burgundies sound appealing to me personally. I will definately check out.

        2. I would not do Sushi Gen although I know it is very good. I dont think its high end and if its a business dinner you dont want to wait. I would suggest Chaya downtown where you can have sushi and also other very nice menu choices. For a high end Japanese client, I think its a great choice.

          1. Let's see: Downtown, authentic, high end...

            Agree with Sushi Gen (sit at the sushi bar if possible, where the shokunin can give you a "higher end" experience than if you sat at the tables).

            Also try KaGaYa (next door to Sushi Gen) for L.A.'s best high end shabu shabu. Their seared creme brulee dessert is a thing of beauty.

            Also agree with the rec on Shibucho, but be warned: It's not in a "high end"-looking neighborhood (although I've never had any problems with that area, and the restaurant is just fine on the inside)...

            Are you absolutely limited to the Downtown area? Because there are much better offerings if we can expand the search out to West LA or South Bay...

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            1. re: J.L.

              I cannot think of a better rec than Kagaya for high end Japanese in the downtown area.

              1. re: Porthos

                how great is it?

                Sushi Gen isn't a destination I would return to. Not bad, just not special.

                1. re: epop

                  I wouldn't go out of my way for Sushi Gen. I would go out of my way for Kagaya. Stick with the regular prime beef and it's actually a pretty good deal.

              2. re: J.L.

                Damn, why do you got to let out one of my favorite sushi bars in LA ?

                1. re: J.L.

                  I was going to risk sounding like a broken record by mentioning Kagaya for the umpteenth time on this board but then thought it might be weird to have shabu shabu with a client either at a table (face to face=good, sharing a pot with a client... possibly weird depending on the nature of relationship) or at the bar (individual pot=good, no face to face=not ideal). Maybe it's just me but depending on the nature of business, shabu shabu might be a little.... shall we say, labor-intensive.

                  But hell, if I were the client, I'd be all over Kagaya simply because it is fabulous.

                  1. re: soniabegonia

                    As the "client" at many a business dinners (often with "suits"), I have to say the food does matter (but hey, I'm a Chowhound)...