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Mar 30, 2008 08:00 PM

Sushi in Pasadena?

Are there any really great sushi places in Pasadena, preferably with a nice ambiance (not too mini-mall hole-in-the-wall-ish) because I want to take my mom and grandmother there? They're just driving through and will only have the few hours around dinnertime to see me -- otherwise I'd just take them downtown or to the Valley...

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  1. Try Tani in Old Town.

    58 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

    1. Sachi Sushi, on Colorado, on the south side of the street, across Office Depot (which is next to Target).

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      1. re: J.L.

        perhaps sachi was good at one point but when i went a few months ago they gave me old fish that was inedible. pasadena and sushi is not an easy find. i hear z in alhambras ok and yoshida in san marino is good.

      2. matsuri on green street. pretty much the only acceptable sushi place in pasadena. it's actually quite good. not urasawa or ko but the best in pasadena.

        1. There is a sushi place that my friend loves. I have only been once, but really enjoyed it (the friend who took me is now pregnant and off raw fish, much to her frustration!). Of course, I do not know the name, but it is between SteinMart and Macy's (off the parking structure, ground level) in the shopping center on Lake & Del Mar. They have very fresh, delicious sushi (and some interesting not-so-regular combinations) that I was really impressed with. We sat at the bar and had impeccible service. Nice ambience, good prices. I will find out the name and repost.

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          1. re: WildSwede

            i've seen the place and i've always been curious if it was decent or not. there's hardly anyone ever in there and that's porbably due to the hidden location. i believe it's called Hanabi. good info wildswede.

            1. re: trolley

              Hi Trolley, I think you are correct! Thank you! ;-) You should try it - I thought it was very good!

            2. re: WildSwede

              It is Hanabi. My friend's dad owns it and she is a server there. The location is a problem. Hopefully a combination of good food and good people can help overcome that!

              1. re: crystaw

                And a mention on Chowhound!! ;-)

            3. Sushi Roku on One Colorado is pretty good. It's an offshoot of the one in West Hollywood and it's trendy but in the few times I've been there for a business lunch or dinner, I've always enjoyed it.

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              1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                Disagree strongly... Roku is nasty. Some of the stinkiest fish I've ever had was at Roku.

                1. re: J.L.

                  I'm sorry you had a bad experience with that Roku but I've never had bad fish or bad service and I was just there a couple of weeks ago.

                  1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                    I despise Roku, but the problem with the place is not the quality of the fish, which is pretty high.

                    1. re: condiment

                      Roku is over priced. Ther ate plenty of better places for the money. Yoshido in San Marino, Mako in Arcadia.