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Mori vs Zo sushi question

Thanks for all the answers. Interesting point about Sasabune... Although I've just had them recently and was underwhelmed... I do see your point about sauces, Echigo feels like that also for me and I do like it better. I think I'll do some taste tests on the same type of fish and Mori and Zo and see how I feel about them after. Thanks again!

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Echigo
12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sasabune
12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jan 27, 2011
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Mori vs Zo sushi question

I am a huge fan of Sushi Zo, so when a couple of friends wanted to try out Mori Sushi I had huge reservations. Last time I went to Mori my girlfriend was still hungry and had to get something to eat afterwards(granted that was years ago). Since it's been so long I thought I give it a shot again. Again it disappointed me. All the different type of fishes they served felt very dry compared to Zo.

This is where I wanted to ask fellow Chowhounds. Am I missing something? Is there some secrete reason that some nigiri are super dry like Mori and some are full of moisture like Zo? Am I missing the train on maybe some special way that Mori Sushi stores their fish? Does it necessarily mean that it's fresher when it's more dry? Anyone feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Mori Sushi
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jan 21, 2011
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Italian or other, SM Blvd/Bundy?

Second your comment on Guido's. Nasty food but I guess it's kind of a neighborhood joint, probably the only reason they are still in business.

Oct 27, 2008
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Best Burger in LA?

I tried the burger @ Arsenal based on some reviews on the board. Maybe it was an off night, but it was dry and not very good.

Oct 27, 2008
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Affordable Birthday Dinner for 12

Looking for a place for my friend's birthday dinner. She wants a place that's fairly healthy and not too expensive($10-20 entree) that can also seat a large party. Location could be from downtown to the westside. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Feb 26, 2008
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on Best Burger in LA?

I second Pie N' Burger! The Counter's burger is ok. The choices of what goes in is interesting. In N Out and Father's Office are also good.

Nov 15, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Today, I want to discuss junk food ... Taiwanese junk food to be exact.

OMG Little Hong Kong Cafe is closed??! That was like the one place that you can go get some comfort food without driving to SGV...

Nov 06, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

New in Santa Monica

Funny because I just moved from Culver City and really liked Thai Boom. It's not mind blowing but you get great value. I ordered a lot of delivery from that place.

Nov 06, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

New in Santa Monica

Thanks all for the great suggestions! I've got quite a list here. Tried Father's Office, Musha, Josie's, Warsaza, Monte Alban and the Hump already, still got a long ways to go. The King's Head fish n chips are pretty good too.

Nov 06, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

New in Santa Monica

Just moved to Santa Monica to be near the beach. Any recommendations for amazing meals? I'm pretty open to any kind of food.

Oct 19, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Blue Velvet?

Having heard great things from LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold about this place, I came with high expectations. Upon arrival I thought the decor was sleek and modern but comfortable. I informed the hostess that 2 of the people in my party will be late, she told me we'll be seated as soon as they get here and the mean while I can get a drink at the bar. My friends arrived 5 mins later and this is where it went down hill. We were waiting for more than an hour before they finally seated us. The service was decent, attentive but not intrusive. The appetizers we got were good(short ribs were excellet), but the pork chop I got for main entre was just warm, with 5 TINY slices of pork. Overall I think it is a good place to get a drink by the pool side but damn lousy place for expensive and inconsistant food.

Jun 24, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Best Beef Noodle Soup in LA

hum... that's exactly the address i went to. didn't see a noodle joint at all, i think there was a boba place there instead. does it say noodle king outside? or is the sign in chinese?

Apr 22, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Looking for quality chinese food?

i hope you are not talking about the one by whole foods... it's worse than panda express. perfect example of horrible americanized chinese food.

Apr 22, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Looking for quality chinese food?

problem is not enough people will eat the authentic stuff. chinese restaurants on the westside need to cater to the american taste pallet to get the most business they can, instead of catering to a limited number of people.

Apr 21, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Best Beef Noodle Soup in LA

is noodle king closed? i tried to find it but didn't see it at the address. also i just tried sue's kitchen. personally it is the best taiwanese beef noodle soup i've had in the states. good soup, noodles. the beef was decent.

Apr 07, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Overland Cafe

i've had dinner and breakfast there, it's nothing to write home about, but it's fine for a local joint. let's just say no one that lives in silver lake will drive to culver city for their food.

Mar 26, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Any GREAT chinese on the west side??

another vote for little hong kong cafe here. although bewared, don't go in expecting great traditional dishes... they have ok rice noodles and rice platters in cantanese style, but i usually stay off the rest of the menu. it'll hold you over until you are willing to drive 45 mins in traffic to go to sgv. i love their cream chicken and corn soup! reminds me of my mom's but better. just don't tell my mom that.

Mar 26, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Best Beef Noodle Soup in LA

hum... let me just say that everyone has different standards as far as beef noodle soup. so while one person thinks one shop has the perfect NRM, another person might consider it too oily or spicy. i think it would help if everyone describe what a good bowl of NRM is. for me i like the beef to be tender, melt in your mouth kind. the soup has to be heavy with good body, reddish color and not shy about being a bit spicy. the noodle has to be a bit chewy and not over cooked.

Dai Ho- the noodle here is a bit soggy but its edible. the beef is perfect for my standard, tender with great flavor. the soup has the perfect body but is too sweet for my taste.

Heavy Noodling- noodle here is great, if you like the hand made think noodles. the soup lacked character but was ok, same with the beef.

Mar 25, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Clementine's

the hot chocolate they make themselves. just try one. :)

Feb 27, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Clementine's

you must try the hot chocolate.

Feb 25, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Culver City dinner for 3 - where?

zo would be pricey but well worth it.

Feb 24, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

The Apple Pan hickory burger revisited (with clear eyes)

completely agree... overated. for the young college kids and new angelinos it's definately more of a "i can tell you where the best burger is" type of place. a story passed through generations of freshmen and new comers. a "fact" that's just accepted and not really tested by themselves. i do understand the nolstalgia factor and in a fast paced society we live in i suppose it isn't unreasonable for people to pay some extra cash to go back in time. i mean what else has remained the same for the last 20 years on the westside?

Feb 24, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

what foods do you miss most when you leave LA?

roscos chicken and waffles.

Feb 14, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Best Carne Asada Burrito In West LA Santa Monica?

i used to live in san diego and i know exactly what you are talking about BurritoLover! i used to have friends that go back to san diego to visit family bring back carne asada burritos for me. i've looked for years for burritos like that on the westside and never found it. the burritos you find on the westside is mostly not juicy, lean and packed with rice and beans. the only place that is close is Los Tacos? near a 7/11 by Santa Monica and Fairfax. their carne asada burrito is kind of close.

Feb 01, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

Good place for great beers and good food for beer geek's birthday (definitely NOT Father's Office, please!!)

the food at the library ale house isn't the greatest...

Feb 01, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area

J & J Restaurant in San Gabriel ~ xiaolongbaos before Din Tai Fung (review + pics)

I have just recently returned from Taiwan and China, and I'd have to say the xlb at the DTF in LA cannot compare to the ones in Taiwan or Shanghai for taste. Somehow I don't think its their fault... I suspect the recipe is the same, but using different pork might be the reason they are so drastically different. I've also tried JJ's xlb after reading all the rave reviews and I was disappointed. It's the pork!

Jan 16, 2007
TravelJack in Los Angeles Area