Today lunch at a downtown sushi bar, I asked the chef if he knew where they serve real wasabi.
He recommended Nishimura (on Melrose), he said the chef will grate real wasabi ($100+ / lb...) right there in front of you.
I searched this board, not may recent threads, very opposing views, nobody mentioned the real wasabi.
Questions for the connoisseurs:
a) do they grate real wasabi in front of you at Nishimura?
b) how good is the sushi ?
c) how good are the cooked dishes ?
Chef said to expect about $100 pp, less than Urasawa, but definitely more than a sushi place downtown.
Bonus piece of info: Chef I spoke to speaks two languages (and I'm quoting here), Tokyo and Osaka; he mentioned the fact Chef at Nishimura speaks same two languages.