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Another One for the Valley Sushi Files: Asanebo

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We'll confess, Studio City's Asanebo was not our Plan A for sushi eating. Our visit to this small, strip-mall sushi spot located in the middle of the Valley's boulevard of sushi bars happened on the fly, a Plan B that was put into action when Plan A failed miserably. What was Plan A, you might ask? Well, we'd been plotting a trip to Hollywood's Sushi Ike for ages, only to discover that they'd opted to pull lunch service for the time being. So there we were, hungry for lunch, pouting outside a storefront barricaded by metal bars. It was a sad sight, indeed. But because we keep a running list of places we want to try (we've had to start an Excel spreadsheet out of sheer overwhelm, and for those of you who are keeping track, the words "Cheesecake Factory" do not make an appearance on that list) we remembered one place that had popped up in the September issue of Los Angeles Magazine in their feature on sushi: Asanebo. So it was back over the hill for us, and onward to what was feeling like a hard-won lunch.