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Old 12-13-2013, 11:44 PM
 
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I'm an ex-pat visiting home for Christmas. The wife (from over here) wants to try real-deal sushi. I told her I'd take her somewhere in the Westside or in Little Tokyo or somewhere. Any recommendations for a place that's inexpensive but great?

I don't want to spend more than a 100 bucks max for two. Closer to 40 or 50 would be better. We ain't rich.
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:12 AM
 
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I go to Restaurant Komasa in Little Tokyo. I find its sushi and sashimi a bit fresher, tastier, and slightly less expensive than Sushi Gen's down the street, but Sushi Gen is the more popular restaurant, so what do I know...?

Both Komasa and Sushi Gen should set you back less than $100 (like $70ish) for two people if you don't order alcohol.
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Sushi Hide.

For expensive: Sushi Mori

Need a 2nd mortgage: Urasawa
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Sakura on Centinela in Culver City, Mitsuwa Market place on Venice and Centinela, no frills. In the Westside Sawtelle between Olympic and Santa Monica is where you might want to visit. 10-15 minute drive into torrance gives you a lot of options too.

Sushi dinning can be an experience or just eating raw fish , which do you want?
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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One of our favorite sushi places is Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in Studio City. Prices seem fair.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I second the rec for Sakura in Del Rey/Culver City. It is very good for "budget" sushi. The chefs are good, fish is fresh and they give you big pieces.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Sushi Hide.
Yes, Sushi Hide on Sawtelle is probably the best choice. Place is jam packed though...also might be cash only can't recall.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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I second the rec for Sakura in Del Rey/Culver City. It is very good for "budget" sushi. The chefs are good, fish is fresh and they give you big pieces.
They open at night and you are there either for 1st seating or need to way 40 mins to an hour for 2nd seating, after the later it gets the easier it is to get in.

Sorry Del Rey, growing up there , friends called that whole area Marnia, the projects were "projects in culver city" although not Culver City, and Costco in Culver City was never called the Costco in Culver City.

Eventually the Del Rey thing will sink in.
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(from over here) wants to try real-deal sushi.
So do you mean like moving on your plate real deal? Where is over hear?
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:25 AM
 
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"Over here" is Italy, and virtually all of the sushi restaurants are run by Chinese people banking on Italians not being able to tell the difference.
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:54 AM
 
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"Over here" is Italy, and virtually all of the sushi restaurants are run by Chinese people banking on Italians not being able to tell the difference.
I couldn't tell if it was a Japanese, Chinese, or Latino person preparing my food. I remember reading an article where there are more Korean sushi places opening up than Japanese ones.
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