Sushi Mishima - Phoenix (Arcadia area)
I grabbed a friend and finally visited Sushi Mishima, an "under the radar" eatery in bland strip mall @ 55th St. & Thomas. I've driven by it for a couple of years, wondering why someone would frequent a sushi place next to a thrift store. But some other hounds on here mentioned it was good, so I finally took a visit. Glad I did.
The place is a bit bigger than expected, though not too big. It's very clean and minimalist - no fish swimming under the floor, fancy decor or blaring rock and roll. About 8 tables and a long sushi bar, behind which is the jolly Japanese chef who tends to his sushi making or grilling meats on a small BBQ. I'm assuming the other employee is his wife, a high energy woman who is very friendly. Beyond sushi they offer some grilled specials (salmon, steak, chicken - and, oddly enough, lamb in a wine sauce and osco bucco). I look forward to going back and trying some of these - but we thought on our first visit we'd go with Sushi.
We were there at lunchtime, which is a great bargain. A sushi or sashimi lunch includes 6 kinds of fish (chef's choice - but you can make specific requests) for under $10 per person. This price also included a big bowl of rich miso soup, followed by a salad, a bowl of rice and he presented us with carved oranges and melon for a sweet ending. We were both stuffed. Lunch is server M-F from 11:30-2:30 (Not on Sat. or Sun - which is too bad as I'd like to take friends there who can't break from work during the week).
That said, I looked over the Dinner offerings it. If you go with a set meal it's priced at around $20 per person (more portions than lunch). Of course you can order individual pieces as well.
If you are in the area, give it a try. As mentioned, it's not glam and full of trendy folks like Stingray or Raw just a few miles away. Rather, it's a nice, simple neighborhood place run by a Japanese couple who wish to share their food and smiles.
No worries. I'd like to head back soon and try some other dishes. I like sushi, but also love the Japanese style when it comes to veggies, soups, grilling, tempura, etc. Since we don't have the wide choice of SoCal (for example) it will be nice to explore a family-owned place rather than a chain.