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oohmoomin Mar 13, 2013 10:02 PM

i'm looking for a go to sushi spot for lunch and dinner. i exclusively eat salmon sashimi (usually around 3 orders) while my partner likes everything especially hand rolls. we're not huge fans of sasabune, katsuya, sushi roku, or nowaza.

any recommendations for under the radar places? or great very fresh salmon sashimi? we like hama in venice, but it's not open for lunch. we've also nixed hamaya on sawtelle.

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    AlkieGourmand RE: oohmoomin Mar 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    By far the best options in terms of high-quality fish are Mori Sushi and Kiriko.

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      westsidegal RE: AlkieGourmand Mar 13, 2013 11:17 PM

      both of those are open for lunch.

    2. westsidegal RE: oohmoomin Mar 13, 2013 10:44 PM

      you might give k-zo in culver city a try.
      they are open weekdays for lunch from 11:45 to 2;30.

      imho, the fish quality at k-zo has been across-the-board superior to that of hama.
      that said, i never order salmon, so i would not be your best source for info about salmon.

      parking is free in the parking structure attached to their building (same building as trader joe's)

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        oohmoomin RE: westsidegal Mar 14, 2013 06:21 AM

        thanks for the recs. i do spend a lot of time on yelp an reading restaurant, so i do occasionally build up unfair prejudices. my impression of k-zo and kiroko was of an upscale environment that is known for the omakase. i have found that places famous for omakase somehow have less good salmon sashimi. in my opinion, this is very much the case with sushi sasabune. any casual places people like? i am going to try hide sushi this week.

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          Servorg RE: oohmoomin Mar 14, 2013 07:56 AM

          Don't forget Hide is cash only. For casual sushi on the west side we like U-Zen on Santa Monica Blvd. just east of Bundy.


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            Porthos RE: oohmoomin Mar 14, 2013 07:57 AM

            i have found that places famous for omakase somehow have less good salmon sashimi.
            That is because salmon is regarded as an inferior fish for sushi. It has to be salted or frozen to kill the potential parasites.

            As much as I love Mori and agree that it is LA's best for pure sushi, it would be a horrible place for you and your partner if you exclusively eat salmon sashimi and s/he likes rolls.

            Kiriko cures and smokes their own salmon so it might be fun for you to try that. You can sit at the table and order a la carte so you don't have to worry about omakase. I forget if Kiriko does many rolls though.

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              ipsedixit RE: Porthos Mar 14, 2013 08:05 AM

              I forget if Kiriko does many rolls though

              They have quite a few, though I've never had any of them.

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                Porthos RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2013 08:08 AM

                Me neither. That's why I can't remember what their selection is like :)

                In that case I'd recommend Kiriko at the table ordering a la carte for the OP.

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                oohmoomin RE: Porthos Mar 14, 2013 10:07 AM

                thanks for the info -- i know salmon is considered one of the more inferior types of fish, but i love it. i can't get as into the omasake and prefer to eat about 25 pieces of sashimi n

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                  oohmoomin RE: Porthos Mar 14, 2013 10:10 AM

                  is there anywhere downtown that people are wild about? we've been to a handful of places in little tokyo but don't have a clear favorite.

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                    Porthos RE: oohmoomin Mar 14, 2013 10:33 AM

                    Sushi Gen is a clear favorite downtown and you can load up on salmon sashimi and rolls.

                    Turnover is high so it's fresh.

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                      Thor123 RE: Porthos Mar 14, 2013 01:27 PM

                      You need to get to Sushi Gen early or it will be packed and there will be a long wait.

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                  manku RE: oohmoomin Mar 14, 2013 11:21 AM

                  Neither one feels particularly "upscale" to me, fwiw. My favorite, ambiance wise, was The Hump - unfortunately, they served Free Willy!

                  Hide is fine, and relatively inexpensive...it reminds me of Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo, but a little worse.

                  Best sushi I've had in recent memory was at Jinpachi in boys town - fabulous meal (omakase)...110 pp, but left completely satisfied. I'll return for lunch or set menu, but imagine won't be the same.

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                    westsidegal RE: oohmoomin Mar 14, 2013 01:23 PM

                    i think you have k-zo confused with sushi zo.

                    kiriko, mori, and sushi zo are known for their omakase.
                    not k-zo.

                    sushi sasabune, imho, is poor all around.

                    when you go to hide, be aware that they only take cash.

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