I second the thumbs-up -- fantastic sushi, ridiculously fresh, easily one of my top 3 favorite places.
That said, I'm shocked you got out of there that cheap. We had 2 people, one small bottle of inexpensive sake, ordered the Chef's special, and in total it was just over $200.
Of course, maybe we just ate a lot more than you. Because we did leave quite full for the $200... Fortunately, I wasn't paying. Hooray for expense accounts.
In any case, highly recommended, as well. I had a skipjack there that nearly made me cry it was so good, and the uni was hands-down the best uni I've ever tasted.
And I'm going back as soon as I can find someone else to foot the bill again.
For far too many years, my family has been going to the same hotel restaurant for Christmas Day brunch, and finally I've got everyone agreeing to make a change. Only problem is we don't have any great thoughts on where to go.
We're situated more in the Conejo Valley (T.O./Westlake Village), but we'd be happy to drive into the San Fernando Valley or over into Camarillo/Oxnard/Ventura if someone had a great recommendation.
Looking for ANY help you can give... My Christmas Day brunch is in your hands... Thanks!
For Chinese, we head out to Camarillo for the Peking Inn and their dim sum. Passable schezuan at Red Wok, and Sesame Inn's not bad in a pinch.
Take your pick on sushi -- there are a million places, and everyone thinks their spot's the best (personally, I like Sushi Yusho).
Pookie's is the place for Thai, though there's a Thai/Peruvian restaurant in Camarillo called, well, Thai/Peru, that has passable Thai and some very good Peruvian food, which always seems more Asian to me than South American, anyway.
No Vietnamese that I'm aware of.
There's an Indian market (and a middle eastern market in the same plaza) just west of Hampshire road on T.O. Boulevard, in the Palm Plaza (where there's also a Monglian BBQ place called Wok-n-South), and they've got ready-made steam-table food available for purchase, as well.
Good luck with the move, and let us know if you find any other great places.
Ditto on Gaya Korean -- it may not be from the depths of Mid-Wilshire, but it's 100% authentic and quite delicious. It's become one of our regular weekly meals, and we've tried just about everything on the menu. I could take or leave the bulgoki, but their Jap Chae is excellent, as is their Dukbokki. Considering it's the *only* Korean place around in T.O./Newbury Park, it's handy that it's also good.