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Berkeley / Oakland / El Cerrito Sushi??

ckl Jan 3, 2008 11:09 AM

There are, of course, loads of references to Kirala in Berkeley. And there's a good thread with loads of references to places all over the SF area (with almost no notes about location). I'd love to get a good list going specifically for Berkeley, Oakland, and El Cerrito... (Especially curious about El Cerrito, as there are so many Japanese family businesses, I'm wondering if there's some good, little sushi spots to be found, too.) So...

Please weigh in with your reviews of sushi joints in Berkeley, Oakland, and El Cerrito. Include an approximate location, if you will. Thx.

  1. c
    ckl Jan 3, 2008 11:12 AM

    Quite favorable review of Sushi Sho on Solano in Albany / Berkeley: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/22395

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    1. re: ckl
      wolfe Jan 3, 2008 11:21 AM

      A little more up to date comments.

    2. Scrapironchef Jan 3, 2008 11:55 AM

      Yu-San on San Pablo in El Cerrito (across from Home Depot). Old school quality fish.

      Yusan Sushi
      11866 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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      1. re: Scrapironchef
        kc72 Jan 3, 2008 12:01 PM

        Was about to mention Yusan also (look for it across from Starbucks, at the end of the Home Depot lot). Also, like Genki in Berkeley (San Pablo Ave. and Gilman -- across from Cafe Fanny and Kermit Lynch)

        1. re: Scrapironchef
          bunnysitter Jan 6, 2008 07:26 AM

          I second Yusan.
          Sushi Banzai on Camelia nr. San Pablo is quaint and friendly - family favorite.

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          lintygmom Jan 3, 2008 12:43 PM

          I've had delicious sashimi at Tachibana on College and especially enjoy the robata grilled lobster tail there. They're not as big on rolls as, say, The Drunken Fish at Broadway and Piedmont--delicious and creative. For inexpensive sushi I love GetA on 41st just off Piedmont. Their space is tiny and their choice limited but the tekka don served spicy and several of the rolls and nigiri as well as the seaweed pickles and the wakame salad are great and cheap, cheap, cheap. The tempura is usually delicious, too. I stay away from the meats and chicken.

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          1. re: lintygmom
            lexdevil Jan 3, 2008 01:14 PM

            Get-A just started serving shiso and ume, which has allowed me to get my fave ume/cucumber/shiso maki there of late. I've also noted a great deal more variety there of late.

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            doramicat Jan 3, 2008 08:13 PM

            I used to live in Oakland, and we'd go to El Cerrito to Katana-ya Ramen. Nice Ramen, but we never got around to ordering Sushi - they do have a small sushi bar. It's always pretty busy on Friday nights, and includes a large japanese clientele.

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            1. re: doramicat
              ckl Jan 4, 2008 03:45 PM

              Oh, I'd heard good things about Katana-ya Ramen, so we were eager to try it. We're an Asian family, and recently moved from NYC where there are LOADS of AWESOME ramen joints--if that qualifies this response in any way... We all thought Katana-ya was not very good at all... pretty bad, actually...

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              ckl Jan 4, 2008 03:55 PM

              And what's up with Genki (on San Pablo and Cedar), really??? I have seen a few very favorable reviews here, but to my shock, Yelp--where I typically think reviewers are ridiculously positive about even gross places--reviews are not good at all. So what's the real Chow-ish scoop?

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              1. re: ckl
                lintygmom Jan 4, 2008 04:08 PM

                For what it's worth, I had a wretched experience there and never went back--didn't taste fresh at all.

                1. re: lintygmom
                  choctastic Jan 6, 2008 10:31 AM

                  IMHO Genki is one of the worst places for sushi in Berkeley and that is saying something. I would go here for lunch, if I worked in the area, but luckily I don't work anywhere near here.

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                Missmoo Jan 6, 2008 06:44 AM

                When I was at Sushi Sho last month there was a couple at the bar who said they drive up from San Jose to go there because they love Aki's sushi so much. It's definitely my favorite place, but you must be willing to wait and deal with the bar only service.

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