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Nov 4, 2006 05:29 PM

SD - If not Sushi Ota, Then Where?

I cant get a reservation at the sushi bar at Ota tonight and need a comparable sushi bar. Any suggestions?

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  1. Sakura 1 or Izakaya Sakura on Convoy (back of Original Pancake House stripmall, next to Army Recruiters, with no signage) is imho better than Sushi Ota. Wonderful cooked dishes. Great sashimi and sushi. Very Japanese atmosphere.

    Warning - Sakura does not/will not make American style rolled sushi (eg. Calif rolls, spider rolls, caterpiller rolls etc).

    Sammy Sushi on Engineer lacks the range of cooked dishes and is very American in atmosphere, but Sammy's sushi is very good.


    1. Have you tried Japengo? Prices are about the same.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        I've eaten at Japengo 2 times in the last 6 months (I am from San Diego and come back all the time from DC). Both times it has been underwhelming and overpriced to say the least. I'd say almost every place on this thread is better than Japengo. You pay so much at Japengo for the location and the swank factor, but the fish just isn't that great.

        1. re: normalheightsfoodie

          I'll have to respectfully disagree. While prices are the same, quality certainly is not. Japengo goes more towards Americanized sushi with mostly rolls and very little raw fish. Ota has a nice variety of nigiri and the quality of the fish is very good. For that kind of money, Ota definitely delivers better products.

        2. Kaito in Encinitas

          1476 Encinitas Blvd..
          Encinitas, CA

          1. If your near downtown, the sushi bar at the fish market has yet to dissapoint.

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            1. re: kare_raisu

              Agreed! Generous cuts, incredibly fresh.

            2. Zensi Sushi in North PArk is good too. Not overly pricy and kind of a fun area.