PHX: Ichi Ban (Central/Thomas)?
Has anyone dined at Ichi Ban @ Central/Thomas? It's a speck of a place in the Wells Fargo/Dominos strip mall. We were talking about sushi the other day and my husband brought it up. I happened to pass by and realize that it does in fact exist.
I do NOT know my sushi, I usually just get take-out rolls.
I'll second Hiro Sushi http://www.hirosushiaz.com
I also like the Sushi Lunch at Sushi Mishima, 5534 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Salad, soup, several big pieces of sushi, a roll, and usually some complimentary fruit for $8.95. Just a Mom & Pop operation, and they can get overwhelmed, on occasion.
I went to the Scottsdale location of Sakana, http://www.azeats.com/Sakana a couple of nights ago, and I was a bit disappointed. I got a spicy tuna and a spicy salmon roll, and neither were the least bit spicy. I have to say that the quantity was good, though.
i know exactly what you mean, and we have the exact same taste.
try hiros, specially for lunch. they do a kickass 10$ special of 5 handrolls, miso soup and sonomono. they used to have a fabulous sushi chef, eugene, but i think he's left.
also, and seriously, do NOT laugh me out of town because I do know my sushi...
another sushi chef i adored from kampai, mark, went on to run the sushi counters for all the AJ's. now. some AJ's have fully functioning sushibars and some just have a cooler. those with a cooler have sucky sushi, BUT, those with an actual sushi bar are really great, particularly in scottsdale. plus, if you're lucky enough to land one where mark's filling in for the day, then you're really lucky. the quality is great, obviously the ambiance couldn't suck more, but hey... its good sushi at a pretty reasonable price. i used to get it from the bar at 44th and camelback on my way home from my gym a few nights a week.
while not the same, whole foods is another place i'd willingly buy sushi, but only if they make it in front of me. i actually really dig the brown rice sushi (although you can certainly get it with white rice).
lastly.. my new favorite thing is to go down to ranch 99, buy a slew of different asian pickles and fish and come home and just make sashimi. the fish is well priced, super fresh, and the selection just rocks. you really need 2 or 3 other people eating with you to make it worth the while. but everything from the mackeral to the white fish is great.
Kampai is really good. Shogun is ok, but I've found their nigiri to be somewhat questionable on occasion. I do enjoy a bunch of their rolls, though. Haven't done Hiro's. I tried Tokyo Lobby for the first time last week and loved it. Don't let the swanky Wal-Mart next door put you off. I went for lunch, and even that was meticulously presented and tasted great. I can't wait to go back. It's got a large selection of specialty rolls. To me, it seemed like Blue Wasabi without the a-hole factor. (If you've been, you know what I mean :) )
yeah. i will say, i don't bother going south for sushi. that said, do NOT overlook the fish market for sushi. I have little tolerance for bad sushi, and this place never disappoints. Fresh fish, and if you hit it for happy hour, the price is definitely right.
if i feel like sushi, i head to one of a few places. 1. kampai.. worth the drive. 2. its not spectacular, but the original shogun at paradise valley is doable. 3. hiro's, 92 and shea. my friend raves about tokyo lobby on the west side.