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PHX. looking for a good Japanese Resaurant

Seems like all my old Japanese favorites are gone,like Sukayaki and Osome. I would like to find a good Japanese place,not necessarily a sushi or teppanaki place but a place with a good traditional menu.Any recs?

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  1. Hana has lots of fans here (including me).

    Hana Japanese Eatery
    5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

    1. I'll second Hana -- although I'm not quite sure if the menu is traditional by the OP's standards. There's a sushi bar, but also many different noodle dishes and cooked entrees. There are two different white boards for specials: The one on the right is sushi specials; the one on the left is kitchen specials.

      Some interesting things we sampled last week during a family dinner at Hana:

      -- baked salmon roll
      -- cold soba noodles with tempura
      -- daikon salad with baby sardines
      -- whitefish nigiri

      It's interesting because I had been hearing some downhill alerts on Hana recently -- tales of poorly constructed sushi rolls and discombobulated service. Fortunately, I found none of this to be true. Staff were attentive and gracious, and the food was as good as ever.

      1. Would Yasu count? It has a pretty good robata menu.

        1. Shimogamo is excellent. Besides having some of the finest sushi in the valley that nobody seems to know about, they have excellent food. This is a spot where the Japanese folks in town go who are in the know. Lunch is only on Friday, so don't go looking for lunch M-Thur. Biggest downside is that this spot is in West Mesa but not far at all from Warner and the 101.

          1. The obvious answers would be Sea Saw and perhaps Roka Akor. I've never actually been to either, so I can't attest to how the fit with your requirements, but both are obvioulsy well-loved places. (Sorry these are both in Scottsdale--not sure where you're coming from in PHX).

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            1. re: crsin

              Unfortunately, neither Sea Saw or Roka are anywhere close to traditional. They are also a bit on the pricey side for not a lot of food. Sushi on Shea has decent sukiyaki and pretty good, not great sushi and other basic Japanese dishes.

            2. How about Sushi Ken? We normally get sushi, but they have a full menu as well.

              Sushi Ken
              4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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              1. re: firecooked

                Thanks for suggesting Shimogamo, danieli10. We had a wonderful dinner there after going to the Mesa Arts Center on Friday night - it was possibly the best sushi I've had in Phoenix and definitely will go back. Yes, it's worth the drive!

                1. re: janeh

                  I have no qualms driving there. Thanks for the feedback. I'll check it out.

                  2051 W Warner Rd # 14, Chandler, AZ

                  1. re: janeh

                    I'm so glad to hear positive reports about Shimogamo again - I had heard several negative reports, and have not been back for several years. I really, really used to love that spot when I lived in Tempe. Definitely need to get back. Thanks for posting.


                  2. re: firecooked

                    Second for Sushi Ken. Very good sushi and a wider menu of other items than, really, any other Japanese restaurant I've been to here. And Shimogamo, which is narrower in scope but more upscale.