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Kazumi vs. Ota (San Diego)

Josh Jun 16, 2008 03:30 PM

OK, which is the best?

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    normalheightsfoodie Jun 18, 2008 10:06 AM

    Sushi OTA is far superior to Kazumi. I would suggest a reservation for OTA. I have not found KAZUMI to be consistent or have good service, at OTA, we have never been disapointed. The price point is at OTA is fairly high, lunch can easily be 30+ pp.

    Parking is free at OTA, at Kazumi, they will not validate over an hour, even if they were slow. We once went to Kazumi with our daughter and they served us first and her food was very late. I was extremely disapointed and have not gone back since.

    1. Josh Jun 17, 2008 12:31 AM

      Wound up going to Ota, and doing the omakase. In a word: wow. I'll have some pictures up soon. Highlight of the meal was the third course, which consisted of three items: a piece of broiled golden-eye red snapper, topped with miso paste, scalded with a blowtorch, then garnished with finely shredded shiso leaf; a small glass of something described as "water vegetable" in a gelatinous broth; and crab jelly, crabmeat of various kinds suspended in a crab aspic and sliced into cubes. Probably one of the most inventive dishes I've had yet in San Diego. Clearly the omakase here is something very special.

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      1. re: Josh
        DougOLis Jun 17, 2008 08:46 AM

        That dish sounds freaking incredible; makes me want to get back there asap.

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          Captain Jack Jun 17, 2008 09:14 AM

          Can't wait to see the photos Josh. Omakase at Ota is the only way to go. Who was your Itamae?

          1. re: Captain Jack
            Josh Jun 17, 2008 09:21 AM

            I knew someone would ask that. Sorry, don't remember. He was younger, probably in his 30s. Likes to play golf. Beyond that, I couldn't tell you. Hopefully will have pix up tonight.

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              MrKrispy Jun 17, 2008 10:50 AM

              did you make reservations? I don't even know if they take them at Ota actually

              1. re: MrKrispy
                Josh Jun 17, 2008 01:54 PM

                They do take reservations, but I didn't have any. We got there early, though, so were able to sit at the bar.

            2. re: Captain Jack
              Josh Jun 18, 2008 02:57 PM

              Here are the pix.

              1st plate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthewebguy/2591346736/
              2nd plate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthewebguy/2590513033/
              3rd plate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshthew...

              1. re: Josh
                Ed Dibble Jun 19, 2008 10:03 AM

                Great pics. Thanks for sharing!


          2. re: Josh
            daantaat Jun 17, 2008 08:44 PM

            how does omakase at Ota compare to Sakura?

          3. phee Jun 16, 2008 11:43 PM

            Definitely Ota.

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              ginael Jun 16, 2008 09:35 PM

              Have been to both within the past 3 months. My vote is for Sushi Ota. These two are probably the best sushi restaurants in SD, but I have never been disappointed at Ota. By the way, why the cream cheese in sushi rolls?

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                MrKrispy Jun 16, 2008 03:35 PM

                haven't been to either in over a year so I am interested to see. Based on previous posts it doesn't seem like a lot of chowhounds have been to Kazumi's though.

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                1. re: MrKrispy
                  nutrition Jun 16, 2008 08:40 PM

                  I certainly enjoy Ota, when I get to the area. Seems like the Chicken Filet has become my favorite. Always have the feeling, that this is the way I would eat in Japan with the special cooking style from Japan. Perfectly prepared and presented every time.

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