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Nov 6, 2006 08:22 PM

Sushi in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco?

Can I get some recommendations on your favorite sushi places in Berkeley, Oakland and/or SF? I don't see any threads about this, and there must be hundred of places in the East Bay and the city. i live in Oakland but bounce around all over to eat. Thanks all.

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  1. Are you looking for places that do combination type of rolls and cooked food, or old school style nigiri sushi (fish on top of a pad of rice)?

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    1. re: K K

      Old school- sashimi, nigiri and maki are my thing.

      1. Kirala in Berkeley (Ward & Shattuck) is extremely popular with locals. Fresh fish at a reasonable price, and at least at one time they were one of the few places that served blowfish (never tried it myself).

        Folks usually start lining up around 5:00-5:15 for when the doors open at 5:30.

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        1. re: Civil Bear

          Kirala's good but there's no reason to wait in line for their sushi. They are the only place I know in the East Bay with a robata bar.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Tachibana also has a robata bar and decent sushi, with shorter lines.

            5812 College Ave
            Oakland, CA 94618
            (510) 654-3668

            I got to Kirala mostly because it's a block from my house, and fresh. The wait can be ridiculous.

        2. I like Mijori it's right down the street from Grand Lake Theatre.

          Mijori Japanese Restaurant
          3260 Grand Avenue
          Oakland, CA 94610

          Be prepared to wait on the weekends.


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          1. re: PateBriseej

            I checked out Mijori with a group for the first time during lunch on Saturday. When we arrived, the place was completely empty (this was close to 1pm), which surprised me given previous comments on this board about wait times. Since it was our first time, we decided to steer mostly away from nigiri (what I usually order at places I frequent). We ordered the bento combos (one w/ saba & tempura, one with tonkatsu and CA roll), a soft shell crab, an Ichiban roll, and one order of amaebi. Their saba was perfect... now I've found a spot close to my place for saba fixes. Tempura was alright, but nothing to write home about. The same could be said for most of the other items, with the exception of the amaebi heads. I guess I am so used to minimal batter in amaebi heads as well as freshness from the deep fryer, but these heads were completely encased in thick, greasy batter. Moreover, the heads were only lukewarm and slightly chewy... what happened? Although their soft shell crab wasn't amazing, it at least came out crisp and HOT!

            I've noticed the old reviews in news media talked mostly about nigiri, so I plan to head back again to sample them -- and maybe even give another try with the amaebi heads. No matter what, its inevitable that I will go back (if only for saba) since its so close to where I live.

          2. Go to Sushi Sho on Solano if you want old school, no frills, psycho sushi chef who tells you what you want to eat, unpredictable hours, surly service and the best sushi and sashimi in the East Bay.