So I just moved to the valley a couple of months ago, was very sad to leave the Palms/Culver city area. I used to live within walking distance from sushi Zo!
Thanks to CH I found Iwata, which by no means compares to Zo, but does provide yummy, big bang for your buck meals. There has been a few posts on the quality of Iwata so I will not repeat here. One of the main draws for me was the great service Wazu (I hope I'm spelling it somewhat right), the main sushi chef provided. He was not only very competent but also a very pleasant and funny man. Iwata does not have any preset omakase, but Wazu, upon request, would masterfully prepare the best quality fish they had in stock.
Sadly the last two times I've visited Iwata, Wazu has been gone. Kogi, his second in command is still there, and provides good service, but not as great as Wazu. Tonight I learned that Wazu left for a new place, was not able to get the name, but it is supposed to be located in Toluca Lake. Does anybody know to which restaurant he moved to, or of any possible locations in that area I can ask around?