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Jul 19, 2007 09:56 PM

"Kochi" Sushi in Oakland near Lake Merritt?

A friend of mine is telling me about a new sushi place "on Fourth in Oakland, right at Lake Merritt" that apparently us run by a man from Kochi city (a fishing port on Shikoku island in Japan). Specialties from Shikoku are highlighted, and since Kochi has a reputation for very strong drinkers, the sake apparently really flows here.

Anyone been there or know about it?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I have not, but it must be 4th avenue, not street (since that wouldn't be near the lake). The only Japanese restaurant I am familiar with there is Wasabi on 2nd ave, which doesn't seem to focus on sake. Sorry.

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    1. re: merle

      Thank you anyway, Merle. My friend will be taking me there in early September. I will bring some Kochi sake from Japan, along with a few local specialty things for the owner. That should surprise him. After that, I'll report on it.

      1. re: Tripeler

        can't wait to hear your report, I live right near where you are describing, but I have no idea what you're talking about. address would be helpful when you get back.

        1. re: nicedragonboy

          If the information was being given over a cell phone with reception like mine... I wonder if this could have been "Coach Sushi" at 532 Grand?

          The best sake oriented place (and one that has been on my short list for some time) in downtown Oak-town is Ichiro which supposedly has 70+ sakes in a small bargain sushi bar environment. The Chron had a "Chowdown" article back in February.

          I don't know if either have any Shikoku specialties, and neither are dead-on the 4th Avenue pointer...

          Coach Sushi
          532 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

          412 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612

    2. Thanks, Calistogie. Coach sushi is the place. Comments on Yelp talk about the guy who walks around refilling everyone's sake cup, which fits my friend's second-hand description. When my friend heard this unlikely name for a sushi place, he imagined Kochi in Japan (where we often went together back in the 70s) and his imagination ran wild. He and I will check it out in September, and I will report back.