Best Sushi in the OC
My girlfriend just got a promotion and her boss is letting her expense a fine dinner for two on the company as a bonus. She wants sushi so I suggested Urasawa. After giggling and realizing that she needs to keep her job, we need other options. She also doesn't want to drive too far from home (near South Coast Plaza).
So, what's the best extravagant sushi experience within 30 minutes of Costa Mesa. Budget limit is high but not quite Urasawa level.
p.s. Food is more important than atmosphere and service
Good thing Costa Mesa is sushi central.
As far as as I'm concerned Costa Mesa has the TRINITY:
At SCP, there's Hamamori, probably the most expensive of them all.
Nearby, there's Ikko, very good "free style" sushi.
Down near Triangle Square, there's Sushi Shibucho.
Of course, there's Sushi Wasabi (which I personally haven't tried)...but that's in Tustin.
There is also Koi in PCH in Seal Beach, at the edge of your 30 minute radius. Its not swank, and its nowhere near Urasawa level for price. A pretty nice dinner for two at the sushi bar usually runs us around $150. Since starting to go there several years ago, we haven't even been tempted to go anywhere else. We always sit in front of Daigo [sp?], who has a very loyal following. Taka also has a very good reputation.
Had a great meal at Kasen in Fountain Valley. Very traditional, very sushi gen like. They even give you what I would amount to as Japanese amuse bouche's.
200 for 2 people after tax/tip omakase.