My parents are taking me out for my birthday this weekend and we decided to get some sushi. We live in Pasadena, and anywhere under an hour's drive (Pasadena, Downtown, Hollywood/Beverly Hills, Torrance, etc.) and under $100 for the three of us would be great. Our favorites include anything with maguro (tuna) and California handrolls (with real crab, not the imitation stick kind). Unbelievable though it may seem, we've never gone to a restaurant specializing in sushi yet, although we are Japanese and have lived here for over 20 years. We are thinking of maybe trying Sushi Go55 in Little Tokyo.
Taking this opportunity, I'd also like to ask if anyone knows of a good cake shop in the LA area. My favorite currently is Italian Tomato in Mitsuwa in Little Tokyo--the Chocolate Marron Cake is really good! (Part of the reason we are thinking of trying Sushi Go55 is because it is also in the Mitsuwa building.) We like cakes that aren't too sweet and are on the light side.