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Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills

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According to the LA Weekly:

"Also opening in about two weeks is Nozawa Bar, a private dining room tucked into the back of the restaurant, run by chef-owner Kazunori Nozawa.
The more upscale bar (modeled after the now-closed Sushi Nozawa in Studio City) offers 13-course, $150+ omakase meals and takes reservations in advance, unlike SugarFish."

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  1. "run by chef-owner Kazunori Nozawa" so he'll actually be back behind the counter?

    Trust me + Beverly Hills, can't wait to see the out-the-door price of an omakase dinner...

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    1. re: stravaigint

      the website seems to infer it's a set price, 130 lunch/150 dinner + 18% auto gratuity, payable with credit card @ reservation with usual cancellation stipulations; 2 seatings a night so ~1 hour and 45 minutes for your meal.

      1. re: ns1

        Well, in the later years, his standard omakase crept up to about 75 bucks or more, so maybe after a few years it is now at 150 or so.

        i'm curious if it will be like the original, eponymous Sushi Nozawa or will he really do great things at this spot.

        My feeling is that it will be a rehash.

        1. re: kevin

          He didn't do great things at Nozawa...why should this be different? Will you be out the door in 20 minutes, like Omakase at the former Nozawa?

          Having just tried Sugarfish in Studio City, I'd say that it is a virtual copy of the Nozawa experience, but with nicer decor.

        2. re: ns1

          Ah, so if I'd bothered to read it I'd also have learned:

          "Chef Osamu Fujita, a long-time friend and colleague of Chef Nozawa, presides behind the bar at Nozawa Bar."

      2. Hitting that in about 1-2 weeks. Will report back.

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        1. re: J.L.

          The manager gave me a tour yesterday. The set up is very similar in size and intimacy as Yamakasi (a bit less expensive at $150 per and I would expect not as good) but done sleek and clean. According to the manager, the courses will be unique and much different than Sugar Fish. Seems like it would be a good venue for a high end special dinner to take over the room. Right across from the Montage and surrounded by Bouchan, Spago and Mastroes, I think its going to do very well.

            1. re: J.L.

              Based on Thors blurb, I think he was just viewing the new digs but it was not yet open at the time.

              I may be mistaken about that.

              And there ain't any reviews on yelp yet either.

              1. re: kevin

                Kevin is correct. Just a tour.

        2. Hopefully, someone else is choosing the fish, which was always Nozawa's weak link. (And a pretty serious weak link at that.)

              1. re: kevin

                He takes the f/stop train...It's an express

                  1. re: Servorg

                    F/stop train. :)

                    What about the T-stop train ???

              2. Just got an email from them about new seating times, starting from November 4th:

                Monday-Friday: 7:30pm
                Saturday at 6pm and 8:30pm

                And they're going to start offering bonus rounds again -- they offered it when JL went, but had stopped by the time I went, i.e., at the end of the omakase Fujita-san cut you off. Now he's going to hang around and keep serving. So you can triple order the ikura and toro handroll :)

                1. Did anyone else notice this yesterday?

                  "It's unclear what, exactly, this means at the moment, but Kazunori Nozawa — Los Angeles' OG sushi king of the shuttered Sushi Nozawa and mastermind behind beloved warm rice chainlet Sugarfish — is back in biz."

                  http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/02/...

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                  KAZU-NORI, 421 S Main St Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: stravaigint

                    Wow.

                    It sounds like he's a little sick of retirement and wants a piece of the DTLA sushi action.

                    1. re: stravaigint

                      Either he's bored, or he's moving Nozawa Bar.

                      1. re: stravaigint

                        yes, I was the one who provided Kat with the info.
                        Interesting choice of locations, meaning one block south of Sushi Zo's downtown location. That area is coming along so fast in terms of the restaurant/bar scene, and with another building getting ready for construction across from Pete's, who knows what other places will be moving in.

                            1. re: Wayno

                              Wow, she's kind of easy on the eyes too.

                              1. re: carter

                                And six blocks from Q, which makes three high-end sushi-yas in the area (I'm assuming it'll be high-end, whether he's moving or opening a new joint). Thanks for the info!