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Need a Hachi substitute for birthday dinner

Mom used to really love going to Hachi for her birthday, but it moved to Torrance and that's too far away on a Friday night. Does anybody have any suggestions for something similar in Santa Monica/WLA?

There will be 6-8 of us, possibly plus an infant, budget around $30pp for food. Not much drinking. Mom likes lots of little tastes of different things that she can share around the table. Dinner around 6ish. Not super-packed, not too loud.

I've already suggested Musha, but she seemed less than enthused. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Morinoya would be perfect or you - Quiet. Great food. Not too expensive, small dishes.

    It is located on the second floor of the Olympic Collection (corner or Sawtelle & Olympic). They also serve L.A.'s best oden, in my opinion.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Looks like fun. Thanks! I may scout it out beforehand. :)

      1. re: Bjartmarr

        Please report back!

    2. Maybe Tsujita? Never tried it at night, but some people seem to really like their non-ramen dinner menu.

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      1. re: chrishei

        Tsujita's nighttime menu will end up way above the price point for the OP. Also, Tsujita can get a bit more raucous.

        1. re: J.L.

          $45pp wouldn't be out of the question; I was just giving a ballpark figure. But "raucous" rules it out.

          1. re: J.L.

            Is the raucousness just relative to Morinoya or in general? I've been to both multiple times for dinner and while M is definitely more subdued than T, I haven't found T to be raucous. But I've generally gone within the last hour of operations when there hasn't been much of a crowd.

            1. re: TheOffalo

              When I last went for dinner there on a Friday night about 9-10 months ago, Tsujita got quite loud around 7-8PM.

        2. Yabu http://www.yaburestaurant.com/losange... on Pico is an option and, while we haven't yet been, Sasaya http://www.izakaya-sasaya.com/ would be another good place to check out.

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          1. re: Servorg

            I feel that the food at Yabu and Sasaya are both a tad weaker than at Morinoya. Sasaya can get a bit loud too.

            1. re: J.L.

              Sasaya is definitely loud.