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FRESH Sashimi in East Bay?

MelC Apr 14, 2002 05:21 PM

Hi! Does anyone know of a good Japanese restaurant that has really FRESH sashimi AND a variety of sushi in El Cerrito, Berkeley, or Oakland? (or any neighboring cities) I've been to a quite a few places and they always fall short. It's either they have fresh sashimi, but not enough variety in their sushi rolls, or excellent sushi rolls with non-fresh sashimi. I'm not looking for a place that has good music or wine, just pure good Japanese food. Thanks ahead for any suggestion!

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    Samantha Apr 14, 2002 08:41 PM

    I personally love Tachibana on College in Berkeley. It is awesome. The only Japanese restaurant that consistenly serves good sushi/sashimi. I think it is 100 times better than Kirala, the much-heralded Japanese restaurant in Berkeley. While Kirala is good, Tachibana is better, if you can believe it!

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      Phoebe Apr 15, 2002 03:57 AM

      Well, I've lived in Albany/Berkeley/Oakland my entire life and have always worked (and dined) in SF.... So far my favorite sushi joint is Mr. Sushi on Grand Ave. in Oakland. Don't be dissuaded my it's name - it's very good and although the menu may not seem very broad, just ask Kenny the owner and chef to make whatever you like and he'll be happy to do so as well as be honest about the quality of his fish delivery. Great sashimi, sushi and neighborhood charm. Cheers!

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        Marc Wallace Apr 16, 2002 01:46 PM

        I'd recommend Bonzai (Oakland, 45th and Telegraph). I've enjoyed all the sushi I've tried there, including the vegeterian ones (most places offer kappa maki, but few seem to make it well).

        Their other non-sushi items are kind of average, and the teriyaki is... well, nasty. But the sushi is great.

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          Ragdish Goatnut Nov 17, 2002 03:10 PM

          tachibana is solid; never disappointing
          a friend just recommended mijori on grand; had the deluxe sashimi platter - excellent
          kirala: overhyped

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            Dalyte Sep 15, 2006 11:22 PM

            Happy Sashimi in Pinole. The fish is incredibly fresh, and the prices are reasonable. Try the Sashimi dinner, and you will not be dissappointed. I went there with a friend of mine who usually gets his sushi on family visits to Tokyo, and he thought the fish at Happy Sashimi was excellent as well.

            1. Morton the Mousse Sep 15, 2006 11:54 PM

              Try Sushi Sho in Berkeley. The menu is limited, the hours are unpredictable, there is no table service and the chef is insane. In other words, it's exactly where you'd find incredibly fresh sashimi. It's expensive, but not outrageously so.

              This is a great post on Sushi Sho by a former employee. The whole thread is worth reading:


              Edit to add: Just realized this is a 4 year old thread so some of the recs may be outdated. This one isn't, though.

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                hewn Sep 18, 2006 06:59 PM

                Sushi Sho is still very good. Wait can be long but it's fine on weeknights (when they are open...). The chef may be crazy, but he has the best quality sashimi (and the most generous chirashi) of anyone in the bay area. Plus the omakase meals are wonderful and (even though you wouldn't expect it from someone so orthodox) creative!

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                chewonthis Sep 16, 2006 04:04 AM

                I still can't understand the fascination with Sushi Sho - we went several years ago when they did have table service - however the chef/owner and the waitresses did not have any concept of service. It took them so long to serve us, we almost walked out.
                Recently, on a Saturday, we decided to give it another try - got there at 6:15pm, opening time was 6:00pm and there were a few couples waiting to get in. We waited another 10 minutes, left and ended up at Mitama on College Avenue. Great sushi, sashimi, salads and service and all was right with the world!

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                  kc72 Sep 16, 2006 04:09 AM

                  Genki in Berkeley is good - right across from Cafe Fanny and K&L.

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                    Hollow Leg Mar 22, 2007 12:34 AM

                    I've had good experiences at Angelfish on Bay Farm Island, near the Oakland airport.

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                      Hollow Leg Mar 25, 2007 01:09 PM

                      Just had another delicious meal at Angelfish. Plus they serve ankimo...get it while it's in season.

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