Tangential to the raves I've been reading about Urasawa:
I want to know where people draw the line when it comes to price. I mean, I pride myself in being a chowhound and all, and yes, I technically could afford a blowout at Urasawa once if I really wanted to, but I wouldn't do it.
Regardless of how orgasmically good a meal would be, at the end of the day I have to step back and say, this is FOOD, it is first and foremost intended to nourish me, and I can't justify spending $350 to fill my tummy on a single evening of sushi, albeit exceptional sushi. I have found exceptional sushi in this city for far less than that, and I can't imagine Urasawa being however many times more exceptional to justify the hit to my wallet.
Anyways, I just like to point this out because a lot of people (chowhounds or not) synonimize being a chowhound with a carte blanche attitude... I want to know, to what extent do you think this is a reality, particularly in Los Angeles, where people are often exquisitely defined by their spending habits?