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ONE DAY IN LA -- DINNER REC NEEDED -- DOWNTOWN AREA

Hello all,
Husband and I will be in Los Angeles for one day. Staying in Little Tokyo. Looking for a restaurant rec in that area Downtown LA / Little Tokyo... Good food a must, nice ambiance a plus. Would like to stay in the $$ to $$$ price range. I'm not interested in Italian or French food. Thinking we'll have Mexican for lunch, so probably won't venture in that direction for dinner. Aside from this, I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks so much for your help in advance!!

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks,.. I had looked into Bestia, but we have reservations for an Italian resto in Carmel the very next day and wanted something a little different. Looks excellent though!!

      1. re: JFarah

        There was some really great follow-up on Italian in Carmel that we split over to the California board, so that anyone searching for info on Carmel dining would find it. That discussion is now here if anyone wants to follow up further: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892394

    2. If you do reconsider your budget a bit, one of the very best restaurants in LA is Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Not only is it very beautiful, the food and service are both excellent. It's expensive, but it need not be over-the-top.

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      1. re: josephnl

        Menu looks amazing, but it is a little out if our budget. Thanks for the rec though. Truly appreciate it.

      2. Water Grill has some of the best fresh seafood in LA. Great Raw Bar too.
        http://www.watergrill.com

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Right on! I agree with Bestia, Alma, and Aburiya Toranoko.

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                Very much intrigued by Aburiya Toranoko. Any stand-out / must have dishes?

                1. re: JFarah

                  I like their simple, tasty, expertly grilled skewer items (sumiyaki), like chicken thigh. The buta kakuni (slow simmered pork stew) is fantastic also. Try the uni goma tofu as well. Oh, and the takikomi gohan (steamed vegetable and chicken rice).

                  Their sushi, though not their main focus, is pretty good too.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Concur with J. L. On all points. Chicken thigh skewers and the pork stew are standouts. They have an excellent sashimi platter also, but obviously, that changes daily. Their lunch deals are very good.

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Thanks... Sounds yummy! Getting really excited for this trip.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        I have to disagree on Toranoko, been twice and everything I've had there is mediocre. Sushi is good but I expected no less from a crew of former Nobu chefs.

                        As for Downtown recommendations Water Grill for their seafood tower may be worth it alone but then again Santa Barbara has a Hungry Cat so if you are inclined to go there might want to skip Water Grill.

                        1. re: Johnny L

                          Will check out hungry cat in SB.... Thanks!!