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May 18, 2013 07:01 PM

good sushi in Santa Monica area

i need a good sushi place for lunch in Santa Monica

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    1. re: Servorg

      haven't been there for a couple of years.
      was, imho, not really good in those days.
      nowhere near the quality of k-zo in culver city nor of hide on sawtelle.
      but definitely better than supermarket sushi.

    2. I like Ninjin. Decent quality and affordable. If you have a KCRW Fringe Benefits card, you can get 15% off.

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      1. re: PeterCC

        Peter, I note that in the past you lumped both Ninjin and Sushi King in the same category, decent places that won't break the bank and I would agree completely with that assessment. I would go to both if we weren't so much closer to U-Zen (and I wasn't so enamored of some of U-Zen's other small plate appetizers that I'm addicted to).

        1. re: Servorg

          And Ninjin is closer to us than either Sushi King or U-Zen.

          I'd need to do a side by side comparison of the menu, but my recollection was that Sushi King was a little more expensive than Ninjin (and U-Zen more than either). I find that Ninjin pretty much has the best prices, though that perception may be skewed by the KCRW discount.

          Another place right near the SM border like U-Zen that we used to frequent is Sushi House (a.k.a. reggae sushi) but they've raised their prices, so it's tough to choose that over Ninjin if price was the primary determining factor. (If price is not, then of course I'd go to Kiriko or Shunji.)

          I also like Hide for affordability, but if I'm going all the way to Little Osaka for sushi, Kiriko will always win out, assuming its for lunch.

      2. what do you mean by "good sushi place?"

        if you would consider going a little bit east of santa monica toward west LA, you can have a great omakase sushi lunch at kiriko $$$.
        you can have a "good" sushi lunch special at mori (it is good for the money, but definitely NOT even close to the league of the omakase dinners served there or, if you have the bucks you could have the regular omakase meal at the sushi bar.)

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        1. re: westsidegal

          +! on Kiriko. Mori also has a good lunch special.

          1. re: gordo26

            I did not care for the Mori lunch special. Made me doubt the high praise on the board. Response I saw is the lunch is far inferior to the other things he does. Hope so.