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Omakase in the OC?

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koshie Sep 14, 2007 11:39 AM

Are there any good omakase in the OC area? If so, how much? I'm looking for something pretty comparable to Sushi Zo and Sasabune in LA.

  1. wilafur Sep 14, 2007 11:41 AM

    sushi shibucho in costa mesa.

    1. w
      woojink Sep 14, 2007 12:08 PM

      Sushi Wasabe - Tustin.

      1. Mr. S Sep 14, 2007 01:26 PM

        Shibucho or Blue Fin

        1. elmomonster Sep 14, 2007 01:43 PM

          Haven't been to Sushi Wasabe in Tustin, but the omakase comes highly regarded. That's the only thing they do.

          Here's a review by Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly.
          http://www.ocweekly.com/food/feature-review/snowflakes-from-the-sea/25777/

          However, I do love Shibucho (traditional sushi-only omakase). Here are pictures:
          http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2005/10/omakase-at-sushi-shibucho-costa-mesa.html

          and

          I love Bluefin (a 6 course tasting menu which also includes sushi and sashimi). Here are pictures:
          http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

          1. russkar Sep 14, 2007 06:17 PM

            Sushi Wasabi (tustin) is the best in OC by far.

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            1. re: russkar
              kingkong5 Sep 14, 2007 06:47 PM

              I was there a month ago and agree. Although the rice balls are smaller than other places, the fish and service, excellent. And I can't get enough of the blue crab handrolls!

              1. re: russkar
                SauceSupreme Sep 20, 2007 10:24 PM

                Finally made it to Sushi Wasabi tonight. The smaller amount of rice was the first thing I noticed, but then I realized that it just allowed me to concentrate on the fish.

                All in all, a very good omakase experience -- in fact the low point of the evening was the toro (for my money, Sushi Ike still gets the best toro). Everything else was great, especially the red snapper, the scallop, and the freshwater eel.

                Now I wish I had known about this place was when I was still working in the area! Thanks, russ, for the repeated recommendations.

                1. re: SauceSupreme
                  russkar Sep 21, 2007 08:14 AM

                  Supreme, Glad you liked it. We were there last night with 2 friends from 5:30- 6:30. Sorry we missed you. Best deal for Kubuta Sake also.

                  1. re: russkar
                    SauceSupreme Sep 21, 2007 11:45 AM

                    You didn't miss me, I watched you guys walk out. I was that shady guy on the corner outside. I thought about yelling "russkar!" but decided against it.

                    1. re: SauceSupreme
                      russkar Sep 21, 2007 03:04 PM

                      I would have said hi, didn't see ya. R

              2. SauceSupreme Sep 15, 2007 09:24 AM

                I'll second the rec for Sushi Shibucho. I've always said that Shibutani-san has the best knife skills I've witnessed, and Kaga-san is no slouch either.

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                Sushi Shibucho
                590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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                1. re: SauceSupreme
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                  mrhooks Sep 15, 2007 11:02 AM

                  Naga-san. :)

                  I usually am unable to get a seat at the counter there, but I did last time I went. For the first time ever I was charged over $50pp (at a table it's usually under $35pp). However, we ordered five extra things (all shared - more toro, geso, hamachi, sake, and mentai (which I love in tonkotsu ramen, but didn't like in sushi; or maybe it was overpowered by shiso)), and he was a little more creative with his preparations than usual. Plus he had mirugai and anago that night - I think the only things I've seen/eaten there that he has less often than mirugai are amaebi and shako - so I'm guessing that jacked up the price a bit too.

                2. wilafur Sep 17, 2007 01:58 PM

                  you killed it with the mention of zip fusion. =)

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                    rickym13 Sep 21, 2007 03:40 PM

                    had a great meal at bluefin. we did the omakase/tasting menu? not all sushi..some cooked stuff but it was good. cost was about $100 per

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