I am visiting a friend and his wife in the West Los Angeles area and I want to pay my hosts back by taking them out for a great dinner at a Japanese restaurant. I don't want to ask them where they want to go, but to instead surprise them. He is an ardent sushi and sashimi aficionado and is definitely adventurous but his wife has a more tame palette and while she's not someone who wants mayonnaise-laden, deep fried 'special' rolls, she is someone who does prefers cooked dishes, like sea bass, soft shell crab, and the occasional yellowtail or salmon, etc.
I want to stay on the westside and these are the three names that have come up. I've done a search but find almost nothing about Nobu.
Any opinions, direction??