The ramen place you wait 45 minutes for also has a pretty good sushi spot just up the block. While the premium sushi and sashimi omakase is excellent, with hot dishes to start, a sashimi plate involving a lot of toro, and plenty of nigiri, there isn’t quite enough here to get you full - or justify the $120 price tag. At lunch, there’s a more reasonably priced $80 omakase, or you can do what everyone else here is doing and order one of the better-value (and still fantastic) chirashi bowls.
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The omakase at Kiriko on Sawtelle is expensive but excellent. They also do more affordable lunch specials.
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Osawa is a Japanese restaurant in Pasadena that’s known for shabu shabu, sushi, and sukiyaki.
Sugarfish is an institution - and the best $30 sushi game in town. The Fairfax location follows the formula, and even has generally shorter wait times.
Sushi Ai is an izakaya in Los Feliz and serves the only decent sushi in the neighborhood.
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Sawtelle’s Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
Little Izaka-ya By Katsu-ya
The sushi at Little Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya in Sherman Oaks is better than what you’d get at the Hollywood Katsuya, and about a third of the price.
Killer Noodle is the newest spot from the people behind Tsujita, and they specialize in tantanmen - super spicy ramen noodles.
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