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Mar 11, 2014 11:15 AM

Sushi between Irvine and LAX?

Looking for some good sushi for tonight. Can anybody recommend a place that's just off the 405 freeway? Thanks!

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  1. I like Nozomi in Torrance. Miura is a little out of the way otherwise I'd recommend that.

    If you like the conveyor belt stuff there's also a Kula in Torrance.

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    1. re: kainzero

      Kula is right of the 405 at Western. Cheap and not bad.

        1. re: J.L.

          Thanks for the replys so far! Price is not an issue. Thank you.

        2. Kasen off the 405 at the Brookhurst is a good choice but its very traditional. No rolls. Authentic real wasabi. Not the most quantity but whatever they have will be very high quality.

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          1. re: js76wisco

            Second Kasen in Fountain Valley.

            1. re: jblee

              3rd Kasen. The bluefin o-toro is just as good as the heavy hitters. Usually you can see him break down a monster block of the stuff.

              1. re: Porthos

                I'd just tell him to hand over the block of 0-toro. And I'll take care of it.

          2. How does Nozomi compare to the heavy hitters ?????

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            1. re: kevin

              In my experience I'd put it a step below Shunji/Kiriko/Mori, but it's also cheaper than those.

              I also forgot to mention that Nozomi usually has daily specials but they're written in Japanese so be sure to ask about them. They had really good iwashi last time I was there.

              1. re: kevin

                Nozomi is good but not at the same level as the "heavy hitters" in my opinion. That is, it's not as good as Shunji, Mori, Kiriko, Q, and also Zo Downtown, Nozawa Bar, etc. Nozomi's aka uni (same as Maruhide Uni Club's) is excellent, as good in my opinion as generally anywhere else's aka / murasaki or bafun uni (with a few exceptions depending on particular visits). They also have some awesome shimaaji and shimofuri toro (they never really serve dandara but I actually prefer shimofuri). Nozomi is notable for its uni and its relative value for the greater upper echelon of sushi. No doubt you can have a very enjoyable sushi meal at Nozomi with a couple of high notes, but the "heavy hitters" as you call them hit higher highs, generally (but not always) are better fish-for-fish, and have more finesse on the little nuances - the nori, the rice texture, proportions, balance in how things are vinegared and garnished, etc.

                I'd put Nozomi on par with 4 on 6 in Encino, Hanami in Calabasas, and Kanda in Thousand Oaks, all of which you can have a solid sushi meal for a pretty good value (and all of which I gladly enjoy from time to time). Maybe a touch below Sushi Sushi in beverly hills.

                Nozomi (at the bar) is a solid choice as you can walk away full with some good pieces for relatively good value. But if you want the best, and are willing to pay a bit more for it, there are higher highs to be had elsewhere. With that said, I still gladly hit up Nozomi almost every time I'm in LA before leaving from LAX.

                1. re: goldpackage

                  respectfully disagree with the kanpai recommendation.

                  prices at the heavy-hitter level
                  quality much lower than the heavy-hitters

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    hmmm surprising... i would never suggest the quality is on par with shunji, mori, go's, zo, asanebo etc... but much lower? i would put it 2 steps below echigo / and 1 step below sasabune for most things and to me that's more than good enough quality to recommend when considering the criteria... but i respectfully accept your respectful disagreement... to each her/his own.