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May 14, 2007 09:24 AM

Best Sushi in San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena?

Any suggestions for a good sushi spot in the San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena area?

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  1. yoshida in san marino. the fish is fresh and yoshi is absolutely hilarious once you get him going.

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    1. re: smssms

      Is Yoshida a sushi & sashimi-only place, or do they have other offerings?

      1. re: Jack Flash

        i'm not sure since i always sit at the bar, but it's not a type of place where you'll get kicked out for ordering a california roll. i think they even have a "yoshida roll" and a "pizza" sashimi plate. so they probably have other things. they do have kobe beef as a special sometimes.

        1. re: Jack Flash

          If you mean do they serve Matsuhisa-Asanebo-Nobu type dishes, then no, not really. They offer more than just sashimi and sushi, like the aforementioned Kobe tataki, and grilled crab legs, but not the cooked or specially prepared dishes. But who cares - this place is awesome!

          1. re: Cecilbee

            I was thinking along the lines of some tempura or teriyaki dishes. While my wife and I could make an entire meal of sushi & sashimi, the teenager still frowns upon raw fish.

            1. re: Jack Flash

              He definitely has that stuff! I think the tempura batter is particularly crisp and tasty, too. Try the tempura lobster if you go.

              1. re: Jack Flash

                yup, he has tempura. the separate dining room area is a bit depressing IMHO, so i suggest the bar if possible.

                i'm still chuckling about the time when yoshi made a hand roll wrapped in light gray soybean paper (mamenori?) instead of nori. an older gentleman sitting next to me saw this and asked yoshi what the wrapping was. yoshi replied, "ahhhh, LA Times newspaper, classifed section." classic.

                1. re: smssms

                  Hmm, and here I always that was out-of-expiration nori ...

                  Silly me.

                  1. re: smssms

                    He's the best! Great fish and a quick wit!

                  2. re: Jack Flash

                    Both Yoshida and Kiyosuzu will have what you're looking for. My mother always goes to kiyosuzu for the $11 tempura and salmon teriyaki dinner, which is a lot of food (3 shrimp, 4 veggies in the tempura; good size salmon filet). same price if you want it with sashimi instead of tempura.

                2. re: Jack Flash

                  The sushi at Yoshida is mediocre. I rather go to Z sushi in Alhambra

              2. Three places get consistent mentions here, Kiyosuzu in Arcadia on Baldwin, between Duarte and Huntington, Yoshida in San Marino on Huntington near Sierra Madre, and Z Sushi at the San Marino/Alhambra Border on Huntington at Garfield.

                  1. re: Clare K

                    I went to Z Sushi last month due to the rave reviews and wasn't impressed. I much prefer Kiyosuzu on's yummy!

                    1. re: willwork4food

                      I totally agree I live so close to Z sushi and really wanted it to be good. Been 4-5 times so I gave it a lot of chances and it never rose above mediocre,,,,

                      1. re: monkey

                        Gin sushi on colorado, a block or so west of Rosemead, is good and fun. Pretty popular place.

                        1. re: mainstreetgourmet

                          I second that. Gin Sushi is good and reasonably priced. The wait is sometime long though.

                          1. re: mainstreetgourmet

                            Gin Sushi does not have fresh fish. I can never go back.It's a joke

                        2. re: willwork4food

                          Is Kiyosuzu authentic Japanese Sushi spot .. I tried this other place in Arcadia and they were all Chinese.

                          1. re: KIYOSHI

                            I remember them speaking Japanese (chefs and a waitress) and my SO was really surprised. Can anyone else confirm? One thing that we didn't like was that most sushi items are written/posted above the bar. So if you're sitting at a table the menu they give you doesn't cover much and you have to get up to see the specials.

                            1. re: KIYOSHI

                              Yes, very authentic. The chefs and wait staff are all japanese (run by a husband and wife). Kiyoto is the head chef, Kenny is the second guy. Both very nice. If you want sushi, you should sit at the bar. The wall has some specials, but not all... for things like live clams or uni, etc, you'd need to sit at the bar to see or be informed about them. they do some contemporary stuff (a fried roll in an uni sauce calld the cat's eye is incredible), but their traditional sushi is also very good and consistent (except for, of all things, the regular tuna, though their bluefin, when they have it, is always good).

                              if you're not a sushi eater, their hot food is good, too. fried stuff is fresh, and they have no problems whipping up some soba or udon for someone looking for something really simple.

                              i personally think it's the best place in the SGV.

                                1. re: jkao1817

                                  On Baldwin, south of the 210, between Huntington and Duarte. West side of the street, just south of Hop Li.

                                  1. re: Bert

                                    There are two Japanese restaurants on Baldwin. Kiyosuzu is in a small plaza, between a Chinese bakery and a Chinese restaurant. Here is the address 921 S Baldwin Ave # B, Arcadia

                                    1. re: Liz

                                      what's the other one? Are you talking about Osaka-Ya?

                        3. How does Mako in Arcadia on Live Oak rant on this list?

                          1. Maki & Sushi on Huntington Dr in Arcadia is good too. It is across the street from Souplantation. I wasn't very impressed with Kiyosuzu, then again I was there ages ago. Might give it another try if you all think it is good.

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                            1. re: Liz

                              I went to Maki & Sushi last week, their small lobster roll is delicious. My SO ordered the mixed sashimi plate...salmon and tuna were quite fresh. However, some of the other pieces were still frozen, does this mean it's not fresh? Their fusion rolls are good.

                              1. re: willwork4food

                                Ignore what sushi chefs and connoisseurs tell you, almost EVERY piece of raw fish will have been frozen at some point. Why? because fish like tuna are caught on two-week long fishing expeditions and would rot if not frozen. I was shocked to see the twenty-pound frozen BRICKS of toro at the tsukiji fish market in japan, but that's how it's done.

                                anyway, that being said, your fish certainly shouldn't still be frozen. that's just sloppy work by the restaurant.

                              2. re: Liz

                                I second Maki & Sushi. I've been to Kiyosuzu and Maki several times and my last couple of visits to Kiyosuzu have been extremely disappointing--shortchanged on yellowtail(three instead of four pieces, but full price); mediocre sashimi, oily tempura. Maki has become my default sushi place when I'm in the area now. They're not purist, but their rolls including the baked lobster are delicious, and I really like how they put edamane on your table right when you sit down, then miso soup a minute later!

                                1. re: cfylong

                                  I agree with Maki and Sushi. My husband used to go there for lunch every day until he changed jobs, and he said the sushi was always good, with generous portions! We used be regulars at Z's but sometimes the sushi is not fresh, esp on non-busy nights. We tried Japon Bistro in Pasadena once and were sorely disappointed in the quality. Yoshida's is ok but not always the freshest.