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Sushi Sho on Solano, Berkeley?

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Carnitas Mar 23, 2007 06:49 PM

Any opinions?

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    Aaron Mar 24, 2007 11:43 AM

    Everyone told me this was THE place for sushi in Berkeley. It's fine.
    He's very dedicated, traditional and intense, but the fish just isn't of exceptional quality, nor is it super fresh, and I find the wasabi to be way out of balance (too much) in most cases.

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      ihateregs Jun 28, 2007 02:03 PM

      i remember reading on chowhound that he was trained by the sushi chef of the emperor of japan.

      i kind of feel stupid believing it though.

    2. grishnackh Jun 28, 2007 02:11 PM

      Sushi Sho is very good, definitely better than Kirala in my book. Go early though, it tends to get crowded fast.

      There should be more than one thread about this place if you search for it.

      1. screetchycello Jun 28, 2007 03:09 PM

        I really like it. I've been maybe three or four times and it's always been excellent.

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          Prabhakar Ragde Jun 28, 2007 04:30 PM

          Our experience, based on two visits, was that the place is rather quirky. Both the sushi chef and his wife (who served) exhibited some mild control-freak behaviour (e.g. he wouldn't put wasabi in our children's nigiri despite our saying that they could deal with it, because he didn't let his son have wasabi until he was twelve or something). We were eating pretty much omakase but what was on offer was not exceptional, though it was decent (and better than our last visit to Kirala, I might add). Ideologically I like the feel of the place, but my sense is that you need to become a regular -- which I would contemplate if I lived in the area. --PR

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            rightstar Jun 28, 2007 09:27 PM

            The chef is definitely hard to deal with. Ask a question and you'll wish you hadn't. If you want more than just sushi and teriyaki, you're out of luck here. No soba noodles. That's another reason we don't go here.

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            chemchef Jun 30, 2007 08:02 AM

            So, where do the 'hounds go for good sushi chow in the Berkeley area?

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              junk2 Jun 30, 2007 08:28 AM

              I'm not that adventurous (get california rolls and tempura), but always go to Miyuki's, which is only a block or two away from Sushi Sho. They have this amazingly great combo deal at lunch.

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                nicedragonboy Jun 30, 2007 01:45 PM

                A new sushi place just opened a bit further down on Solano. called Sushi Solano. I think it took over Beauregard. Can anyone confirm? Has anyone tried it?

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                  Glencora Jun 30, 2007 06:19 PM

                  Yes, it's a sushi place and they haven't redecorated much so it looks rather funny. Haven't tried it yet. What's the combo deal at Miyuki's?

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                    junk2 Jul 1, 2007 08:08 AM

                    MIYUKI SPECIAL
                    (Served with Soup and Rice)

                    TEMPURA, SASHIMI, SUSHI ROLL and Choice of
                    BEEF TERIYAKI, CHICKEN TERIYAKI or SALMON TERIYAKI 9.25

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                      adrienne156 Jul 1, 2007 11:19 PM

                      And they have an even cheaper one w/o the sashimi and sushi roll for $6.95 which I used to get all the time, but I think they may have raised there prices since I was last there.

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                  jlecount Jul 1, 2007 11:22 AM

                  My wife and I really like Kirala. Not better quality than Sushi Sho, but still (IMHO) very good and much less expensive.

                  As far as Miyuki, ick. It's seriously low-end. The price is cheap, though, but I've regretted going each time.

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