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nd help with sushi place

fat kitty | Feb 18, 200402:57 PM

hi, all. i hv relatives coming to town this w/end from minnesota and i nd to make arrangements to go out for sushi on friday night (probably on the later side -- 9-ish?). pls help!

visiting relatives are staying in south pasadena. local relatives live in the encino / north hollywood area, so something relatively convenient to all of us would be good (prob a group of 8 or so people in total). i live in highland park, but will be coming from work in santa monica that day, but i can be the most flexible on the location.

my personal favorite sushi place is saito in silverlake, but that type of small, intimate, high quality, non-tricky place may not work for this crowd, which is a little too boisterous (sp?). local relatives purportedly "love" sushi, but i don't think they hv the greatest taste in restaurants in general (they are more into quantity than quality and tend to stick w/ basics). they will want lots of rolls and things. relatives from minnesota would like to hv a real kick-ass sushi experience (he's a very adventurous eater and wants amazing stuff that he cannot get in mn). this group also does not want to spend a million dollars.

i guess that noshi is a good option that covers many of my needs, but it's just not my favorite place (just doesn't blow me away, food-wise, and i'm not crazy about the atmosphere, but might be the right thing in this case). not sure about the hours / long wait (don't they close early?). also, not sure if they hv enough interesting stuff for the out-of-towner -- isn't noshi more "basic"? i hvn't been there for several years.

i know this is a tall order.... any ideas out there? w/out yr help, we may end up at todai. pls save me from that terrible fate!

bonus question: on sat a.m., the same group, but with a few more people, will be going for dim sum brunch in the sgv. last year it was ocean star, which worked out great for everyone. in case they want to try a different place this year, what do you suggest?

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