One last sushi lunch with the Yang family before they move, decided to check out a new (to us) spot, Sakura Japanese Restaurant.
Very conventional in the menu and decor that befits an older, mid-range westside Japanese place, and prices that seem a smidgen higher than some of their competitors. Turns out it's worth it, because the fish is pretty damned good. Tako (octopus), hamachi (yellowtail), bluefin, ahi, hotate (scallop), ama ebi (live sweet shrimp), sake (salmon) are all good, as is the uni. Not spectacular, but very good. And the Spanish mackerel... NOM!
Both Yang kids love seaweed and rice too, Caitlin nom'ed on a deep fried shrimp head and Philadelphia roll, and yes, both kids, especially Logan, made a bit of a mess.
Dinner the next day with Sue at Kimikatsu on Sawtelle. Used to be the old Blue Marlin space, sadly the modern Japanese look and decor don't quite work here. The obligatory pile of shredded cabbage that sounds weird, yet works quite well as salad, plus the regular tonkotsu instead of the signature 25-layer one. Regular pork tonkotsu is good but not as special as the signature one; if you'd never been I'd say get the signature first. Not a bad meal, just not quite up to Tokyo standards (a la Maisen).