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“If you're ready to explore and try something different, delicious, and daring, Asanebo is the place to go!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Asanebo

Asanebo
11941 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604-2607 (Universal City Area)
(818) 760-3348
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Ranked #304 of 8,734 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Universal City Area
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4 restaurant reviews
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“If you're ready to explore and try something different, delicious, and daring, Asanebo is the place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Asanebo is a place for daring individuals willing and ready to try dishes out of the box. The fish is very fresh and delicious! I truly enjoyed the experience, although I wouldn't make it a frequent dinner spot because of the prices. It is very pricey! Still, the experience is one of a kind and I can't wait to go again! I highly recommend it, but want you to be ware of the prices. Dinner for two can be $400 and up, which is surprising for a valley sushi spot. Nonetheless, this place was an incredible experience. If money is no object, this is a MUST!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best sushi I've ever had, but pricey.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My girlfriend and I tried this place on a whim, and it was the best random choice ever made. The sushi was as fresh as can be imagined. The only negatives are the price, portion size, and parking. Besides that, it's the finest sushi you can get.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pasadena, California
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in California”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Michelin agrees, and has awarded this fantastic restaurant a Michelin star for the past few years. Hidden away in a Studio City strip mall, you can't judge this book by its cover. The freshest, most delicious sushi and sashimi, as well as fantastic cooked dishes, make Asanebo my favorite sushi restaurant in Southern California. My mouth waters in anticipation if my next meal there. Although it's pricey, it's more than worth the extra cost to get the best!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“The real deal in LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

After going to almost all the big name sushi places in LA and many others abroad nothing quite adds up like Asanebo. The food is simply a notch higher than everywhere else and every time I venture away from this restaurant I'm left feeling disappointed.

They somehow manage to stay traditional yet creative without going over the top and the service is always friendly and on point. It also does't hurt that there is usually a good smattering of very famous faces stilling at arms length.

This is not just a sushi place so don't just stick to classic sushi and sashimi dishes. Their cooked food and little off beat dishes like home made sesame tofu are equally good.

If you want the quintessential LA dining experience (celebrity, strip mall, hole in the wall) with amazing Japanese food then this spot is well worth checking out. Just remember to check your bank account before you go.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Porter Ranch, California, United States
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“Best sushi in the San Fernando Valley, BAR NONE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Can't believe this place took over my fav place, surgar fish, not too far from this location. I usually HATE ordering omakase or chef's special or what have you. It always ends up with a bad taste in my mouth and regret, even in places like Sushi Nobu in Beverly Hills or Matsuhisa or Spagos!

After ordering it, I began to cringe and started to regret my choice...until heaven started flowing...
It started with clam miso soup, which is just to die for. It's always the little things and little details that give an exclamation to the overall view of the restaurant, and they hit it dead on with that big start in what is usually a common overlooked starter.
The rows of sushi that came afterward was simply bliss. LOVE LOVE LOVED the toro, uni, ikura, and hamachi!!!
I was VERY sad when I had my last bite and it all came to an end...
The sushi rice was dead on, as I'm on board with most who agree that sushi rice make 50% of the quality of the sushi.

On the seaweed paper, however, I still think Sugar fish has the most unique, dead on seaweed paper. Go try one of their handrolls, and you will be amazed.

The service was very good and the ambiance was on par as well.

Food = A+
Service = A
Ambiance = B+ (decent enough to have a special occasion)
Overall value = B+

It's a bit pricey, $80 for 15 pc omakse, but you don't walk out regretting any bit of it.

I've found a new place to call my FAV in the valley....thanks!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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