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Best omakase sushi near Laguna Niguel (nozawa style)

cubbee Jun 8, 2008 05:09 PM

I know this topic has been hashed out alot here... but some threads are older... My favorite places in LA are Sushi Zo, Nozawa and Sasabune... I will be in Dana Point and would love to find a place that serves Nozawa style omakase. I know Sushi Wasabi in Tustin does...I may try to go there but is there anywhere closer? Like in Newport or other south west OC cities? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

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    cubbee RE: cubbee Jun 8, 2008 05:55 PM

    i just learned that Sushi Wasabi is closed til June 12th for vacation... now i really need alternatives ...

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      exilekiss RE: cubbee Jun 9, 2008 08:26 AM

      Hey cubbee,

      It's not near Laguna Niguel, but near the border of Newport / Costa Mesa is Shibucho, which has a good (for OC) Omakase option for Sushi. It doesn't compare to the top LA Sushi restaurants, but the fish here is generally still fresh and the itamae (Shibutani-san) is a skilled sushi chef. Plus, their Lunch Omakase is still ridiculously cheap ($26 per person)! :)

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

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        TonyC RE: exilekiss Jun 9, 2008 09:55 AM

        replied to you via yelp...

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          JAB RE: TonyC Jun 9, 2008 03:58 PM

          Please share with the rest of the class.

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            exilekiss RE: TonyC Jun 9, 2008 09:52 PM

            Hey TonyC,

            I'm not on Yelp, LOL. :)

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              cubbee RE: exilekiss Jun 15, 2008 03:30 PM

              well i ended up at Bluefin because it was a monday and everyone else was closed or on vacation... to my surprise, it was excellent... the fish was perfect in everyway... we had copper river salmon, golden eye red snapper, kanpachi, unagi, white salmon, halibut, wagyu...all of it was amazing. highly recommend this place if you need sushi near Newport Beach...

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                josephnl RE: cubbee Jun 15, 2008 03:43 PM

                There is no question that you went to the best sushi restaurant in the area. As I was working my way down this thread, I was very surprised that no one had recommended Bluefin...and I was about to do so. If there is a better sushi restaurant in OC (or even LA for that matter), I'd like to hear about it. Yes, Bluefin is expensive, but it's outstanding!

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                  cdmedici RE: josephnl Jun 15, 2008 04:22 PM

                  Abe-san has been feeding me well for about eight years now and I he never disappoints. So many people think of Bluefin as only creative fusion style sushi, but if you want great edo style sushi simply prepared, they do that incredibly well also.

                  1. re: cdmedici
                    The Chowhound Team RE: cdmedici Jun 16, 2008 07:44 PM

                    A tangent defining Edo style sushi vs modern style sushi has been split to the General Topics board, where Chowhound sushi experts all over the globe can weigh in:


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