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Looking to take my father who'll be visiting this weekend for some really good sushi. Definitely want top quality but something not too pricey. We usually go to Iroha in Studio City which does the trick, but looking to branch out. Been to Katsu-ya, Kiwami and Chiba as well. All good, but all a little on the pricey side.

I know SugarFish has their DineLA deal going on. Is the deal any good? Do you get enough sushi for dinner for $35?

Also just read about Yama Seafood in SGV. Thinking of possibly giving that a try and picking some up to go.

Any affordable omakase meals?

Just looking for the best sushi available for the cheapest price. Somewhere that we'll be impressed by the quality and impressed by how much money is left in our wallets.

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  1. If lunch, and if willing to travel to Westside, Kiriko.

    They do have a dineLA deal right now, but I'd go with one of two options:

    The cheaper option: $14.50 for 3 hand roll set. Comes with miso soup and salad. Blue crab hand roll (normally $8 by itself) can be had for a $1 up-charge.

    Again, these are only available at lunch.

    The more expensive option: $40 lunch sushi omakase. Comes with miso soup and salad. 9 pieces of nigiri (usually has at least once piece of chutoro, one or two more "premium" fish like kinmedai), and 1 blue crab hand roll.

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    1. re: PeterCC

      There's no appetizer sashimi plate at the beginning with the $40 lunch omakase right ???????????

      1. re: kevin

        Nope. There is the $50 sashimi sushi lunch omakase which does start with a sashimi plate and then 5 pieces of nigiri.

      2. re: PeterCC

        iirc, kiriko is not open for lunch on the weekends.
        the OP mentioned that Dad will be visiting "this weekend."

        1. re: westsidegal

          Oops, you're right. Missed that.

      3. Thanks PeterCC...that lunch omakase at Kiriko sounds pretty good.

        Should have said that we're probably looking for less roll-type sushi and more nigiri or sashimi. We especially like chirashi.

        Also, are there any really good places in Little Tokyo? I always end up having some sort of noodle down there...haven't sampled the sushi.

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        1. re: cincodemayo1

          Sushi gen has some good dinner combos.

          1. re: cincodemayo1

            I know Mako isn't as cheap as Gen, but ~$50 gets you a well-endowed sushi/sashimi combo.

            And they treat you nicely there, which is worth at least $10 to me vs the Gen Zoo.

            Also, Toshi Sushi's omakase is $48

            Yama is... better than TJ sushi, better than H-mart fot sure. But the selection is limited, and service can be freaking painful, and there's a good chance you'll be supporting Moonies. If I'm desperate and don't want to sit down, sure. Otherwise, I prefer Tozai and maybe even Gatten over it.

          2. << want top quality but something not too pricey>>

            the worldwide price of fish has been skyrocketing for some time.
            basically the majority of "top quailty" fish in the world is being flown to japan and none of it can be characterized as "not too pricey."

            how much do you want to spend? when we know this, we can help you figure out the best place at your price level.

            re: my personal opinion about sugarfish.
            i wouldn't eat there if someone paid ME to eat their stuff. . ..

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            1. re: westsidegal

              We'd be going for dinner, so probably looking to spend $100-$150 for 3 people...close to $100 would be ideal.

              1. re: cincodemayo1

                sushi gen LT (non-omakase only), sushi masu westwood, hama sushi LT

                1. re: ns1

                  I believe Sushi Gen is cash only.

                  1. re: Thor123

                    i can assure you i did not pay my $300 omakase tab in cash, unless this is a recent development.

                    That was the last time I ever did and ever will do omakase @ sushi gen.

                    1. re: ns1

                      300 bones for Sushi Gen ????

                      1. re: kevin

                        yup, like i said last time I'll ever do omakase there (it was me + wifey, so 150pp after tax/tip)

                        1. re: ns1

                          even at 150 per ?

                          shit, you could have gone to zo or kirikio or other very very very hitters.

                          no worries. it's happened to me before, not at gen, but a couple totally pedestrian places that were beyond expensive.

                          1. re: kevin

                            yup, to say i had sticker shock would be an understatement, for an otherwise very straightforward omakase .

                    2. re: Thor123

                      No sir.

                      1. re: JAB

                        My bad. Maybe it once was.

                  2. re: cincodemayo1

                    when you say $100- $150 for three people, are you including tax, tip, any beverages?

                2. Hide. Cash only.

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    +1. You won't necessarily be impressed by how much cash is left in your wallet, but you should be pleased w/ the price/quality ratio.

                    Another option are the Midori-type places (or is MIdori the only one?) that do AYCE in 1 hr for $27 (or so). No sashimi. The quality is decent enough to scratch the itch.

                    Also agree w/ WSG that good quality sushi is usually mutually exclusive w/ inexpensive, unfortunately....

                    1. re: Servorg

                      i agree that hide offers the best price/quality/quantity ratios.
                      that said, in the last few years, i have not gotten a sushi dinner tab there for under $50/pp (drinking water) unless some member of the party orders the set combo plate.

                    2. If you can make it to the Westside, Sushi Masu is one of my absolute favorites. I always sit at the bar and order omakase, which is all nigiri sushi. And it always comes out to $50pp (plus tax, tip, & drinks if any). It really is great, fresh sushi for the price.

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                      1. re: bucktown

                        Masu is a cool itamae too.

                        1. re: ns1

                          Yeah he's definitely one of the funniest, too (if you can get through his thick accent). He has a pretty wicked sense of humor and tells great stories about Japan.

                          1. re: bucktown

                            I much prefer even Kiriko these days. Or hikko for that matter.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Kiriko is great, but the dinner omakase can usually be double what Masu's is, and the quality certainly isn't twice as good. If we're talking midweek lunch, then Kirko would win for the $40 special. But for dinner, I'll always choose Masu. Haven't tried Hikko though.

                              1. re: bucktown

                                what bucktown said

                                I can eat at Masu on any day for less than Kiriko charges during DineLA.

                              2. re: kevin

                                fwiw, in my experience kiriko and masu have very different price levels.
                                masu is much less expensive.
                                imho it's really sort of unfair to compare the quality of two restaurants that have such a large price differential.

                          2. re: bucktown

                            OMG!! That's exactly what I've been looking for!!

                          3. You're cute.