End of an era- Angotei in Costa Mesa...SOLD!!
After 25 years of making wonderful sushi and kappo dishes, the owners have decided to sell. I credit Ango himself for making me fall in love with sushi and his step-son Goro for keeping this restaurants reputation solid after Ango retired.
Last night was Goro-san's last night behind the sushi bar and thankfully we were there and as always, the food was impeccable. While I have since become more of a regular at Bluefin, I always go back to Angotei for the more traditional style sushi and kappo.
So....where else in the area can someone recommend the same style, vibe and price range as Angotei?
We like Ikko but it is more freestyle modern sushi and the prices are much higher. We also go to Fuji Yama in Newport Beach a lot as bargain sushi (it is walking distance from our house) but they lack many more traditional items that we like.
Never went to Ango Tei, so I'm not sure what it's like, but have you tried Taka Sushi? Was a local favorite when he was located in Tustin, and moved to Costa Mesa a couple of years ago. Just down the street at the corner of Baker and Fairview.
2969 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Too bad. I used to eat there religiously back in the early 90's. Not so much lately since Costa Mesa is not in my reg. haunts. I remember great sushis and a crapshoot for waiting at the small bar.
Thanks for the 411. Very sad that they are selling.
You should definitely try Shibucho in Costa Mesa. IMHO, THE best traditional Sushi Bar in the OC. Very fresh and Shibutani-san is a master. :)
The last time I went, Omakase for Lunch was only $25 per person(!!!), which is steal.
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Ah. Well Shibucho focuses on the sushi. If you want Kappo style dishes, my favorite in the area would be Kappo Honda.
They have some great traditional Izakaya dishes, nice Sake Menu, and some of the best cold Soba around (as a nice surprise).:
18450 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA
We really enjoy Kappo Honda and Honda Ya (same owners). What was so great about Angotei is that is was the best of both worlds. Yes I know that Honda Ya has sushi but...it is kind of terrible.
There is of course Izakaya Zero in HB that serves both sushi and cooked dishes and it is very good. Takashi Abe of Bluefin owns it but it is pretty pricey to fill my belly. I would rather just go to Bluefin.
So sad! Is Goro, Judy, and company opening a new restaurant... perhaps a larger one? We must find out!!
I can't imagine they've decided to just stop - even if they made a fortune with Angotei, what will they do now... everyone there is so young... there must be a new restaurant coming? Anyone know anything?
The Angotei era ended for me abuot two years ago when I was introduced to Koi on PCH in Seal Beach. As much as I liked Angotei, Koi is in a different class altogether -- a lot more variety and simply superior fish. We started going there when we lived on the Balboa Peninsula, and it was easily worth the drive.
I've gone there recently and was disappointed. The new sushi chefs had a pissed off look on their face. Mind you we went on a Sunday and nobody was in that place except my wife and I. The fish was just not the same and while the Softshell Crab was done the same, the bill was ridiculous. Way more than what I used to pay. The plate of Toro Sushi was alone $35... which is definitely not what the old owners used to charge.
I'm likely not going back there. so sad. It was really my favorite.
I went there last night, cause I was passing by and I saw this thread of the whole idea of "Angotei era"... I don't think I'll be back again. $$$, and I'm under-whelm by their food.
I only snap a picture of the front of the plastic menu... on the back were the drinks. And a bottle of Kubota Manju is $200?! (they said it's the 1.8L size I think)... I wonder if they have the smaller size. I don't wanna bleed my wallet to death... :-(