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Los Angeles hounds to Tokyo in late December. Sushi and Izakaya recs greatly appreciated!!!

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Los Angeles hounds to Tokyo in late December. Sushi and Izakaya recs greatly appreciated!!!

PinotPlease | Nov 27, 2011 09:10 PM

Hello fellow hounds - We are planning a Christmas/New Year's trip to Tokyo this winter and would love to partake in sushi and Izakaya. We have pretty educated palates and are looking to spend what's probably in the middle range for meals (We usually spend about $100-120 for two people on sushi in Los Angeles including a couple drinks each.) For people familiar with the Los Angeles scene, we're big fans of Sushi Gen, K-Zo and we loved Sushi Ike in Hollywood when it was still run by Ike himself.

As for Izakaya, we're newer to it, but always find Robata Jinya and Honda Ya to be quite tasty, if somewhat different in style, and just tried Raku in Las Vegas which was probably the best we've had in our relatively limited experience. The chef there really seemed to be trying interesting things with different homemade soy sauces and salts to compliment seasonal grilled dishes, housemade tofu and the like.

So, that being said, we'd love to hear about some great sushi and Izakya spots from people in the know. Also, we just found out that since we're going to be there over New Year's, that a lot of places, including the fish market, close down completely for the holiday, so anyone who has any ideas/information on eats over the holiday would be really helpful!

Also, since I'm asking for everything, December 30 is an important anniversary for us. Any thoughts on perhaps anniversary sushi? Once again, as much as we'd like, we can't spend $300 per person, but somewhere in the neighborhood of the above price range, maybe a bit more, would be great!

Thanks in advance!

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