What's the Best Sushi Restaurant in Orange County?
After reading this post on la.foodblogging...
... and agreeing 100% with the author's sentiments, I've decided to tempt fate and toss this question back into the ring. After all, it's been about two years since the last "poo-flinging" sushi battle by us Orange County food lovers.
A lot of new places have opened and some old places have closed. The entire battlefield has changed, and I'm interested in seeing what awesome new places and sturdy old favorites emerge from the struggle.
I'll start it off. The restaurant I would consider the best sushi restaurant in Orange County is:
369 E 17th St # 17
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Kyotori, Brookhurst/Chapman (Garden Grove)
Sushi Zen (17th/Newport>>>Sutra/Chronic Cantina bldg) NB
Ten Asian (MacArthur/Birch, NB)
SUSHI WASABI (tustin) OMAKASE ONLY!! Best in OC by far. $$$$
KAZAN (HB) OMAKASE $$$
SHUBICHO (costa mesa) OMAKASE $$
Now for "Americanized" Sushi(Calif Rolls, etc):
Kitayama in Newport Beach/Irvine area. I think they own their own fish company and fish is very fresh.
The places I recommend for traditional sushi and great fresh quality are:
Sushi Wasabi- very consistent and large cuts of fish
Sushi Murasaki - was recommended to me by a yelper and it was fantastic, definitely go for the omakase. I found their selection of fish to be more exotic then sushi wasabi. Traditional yet with a modern twist with some of their sauces that they slightly brush on not like those crazy messy sauces they use to hide the bad quality of fish. I enjoyed it more than Blue Fin.
Not much of a fan of Shibucho.. The last time I was there the fish was not the best quality. It's sad that we do not have as much of a selection as they do in LA. I went to Sasabune yesterday and it really never dissapoints. Melts in your mouth type of sushi and lots of variety of fish. Monk fish liver is to die for there. Ask for the sashimi and it will come with 2 different dipping sauces, a miso based one and a ponzu one.
Sushi Wasabe - best real sushi in OC. Traditional. Correct rice/fish proportions. Extremely fresh. Omakase only.