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Looking for good sushi in San Gabriel Valley

ianf95 Jan 27, 2009 08:16 PM

I'm looking for a good sushi joint in SGV. I don't want to drive all the way to the west side.

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  1. TonyC RE: ianf95 Jan 28, 2009 08:47 AM

    define "SGV". Are you talking.. Pasadena? Alhambra? Diamond Bar? If the Western SGV area, the ONLY edible sushi is at Sorafune: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583449

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      jkao1817 RE: TonyC Jan 28, 2009 01:48 PM

      what do you consider Western SGV???? There are quite a few good sushi bars in the Rowland Heights area.

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        ipsedixit RE: jkao1817 Jan 28, 2009 08:47 PM

        Western SGV = west of the 605 (and east of downtown LA).

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        ianf95 RE: TonyC Jan 28, 2009 07:47 PM

        SGV means Alhambra, San Gabriel, Pasadena, S. Pasadena, Monterey Park, Temple City, Arcadia, etc. And I heard from a friend that Sorafune is not going to be opened for too long. Obviously not enough customers.

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        fdb RE: ianf95 Jan 28, 2009 08:03 PM

        The name of this place threw me off but I was surprised to find the sushi here well above my expectation. Forget about "fusion rolls" and go for sushi bar--omakase if possible. The varieties and freshness of the fish here compare to many good sushi places on the westside, such as: Sushi Sushi, Mori, Zo....

        Toros Japanese Fusion Seafood
        500 W Main St, Ste D
        Alhambra, CA 91801
        626) 281-6889

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          The Oracle RE: fdb Feb 2, 2009 11:38 AM

          A huge second to the Toro's rec. Absolutely amazing sushi-bar omakase. Just enjoyed an amazing meal on Saturday night. I'm continually blown away by the quality of fish, creative flavors, and superior consistency.

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            ianf95 RE: The Oracle Feb 2, 2009 02:56 PM

            How come nobody mentioned about their omakase on yelp? The only reviews I saw were: TOO EXPENSIVE! SLOW SERVICE! FOOD OK! Where are all the true sushi lovers?

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              The Oracle RE: ianf95 Feb 4, 2009 09:37 AM

              I don't know if they officially have 'omakase', but we just let them create whatever for us, ordering our favorite pieces as we go. They always surprise us with the most interesting things. It's the only place I go where I always think: "this is a party for my mouth".

              After your mention about yelp on this post, I read some of the reviews... I never do table service and always sit at the sushi bar wherever I go. This may be a key difference, as I would think you'd always get prompter service at the sushi bar, than the table. I will say this - everything is made fresh and precise. One our visit this past weekend, as soon as we were served a dish, the itamae would begin feverishly working on something else. I kept thinking he was working on another order, and then all of a sudden, he'd serve us again. I've never had slow service, but don't order any of the cooked stuff, either. The wait staff couldn't be more efficient or friendly and always promptly clearing dishes and refilling tea. Regarding pricing: it's about $4-7 for 2 pieces of nigiri, depending on what it is, with an occasional item being slightly more. Prices are not clearly displayed at the sushi bar, so I can understand how price expectations could lead to frustration. Hand rolls run about $6. The oysters are always cheaper than I think they are going to be and are always amazing. We are usually so thrilled with nigiri and other creations served, we rarely get cut rolls, but I'd guess they are around 10-12 (and quite large). We leave stuffed and completely satisfied - the bills have ranged anywhere from $65-115 (for two, no alcohol). And to say the food is "ok" is insulting! Go check it out and post back. My favorite itamae is on the right of the sushi bar (as you face the bar).

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                ianf95 RE: The Oracle Feb 4, 2009 10:44 AM

                Thanks guys. It sounds like Toros is the place to go for good sushi!

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          andytseng RE: ianf95 Jan 29, 2009 09:22 AM

          Yoshida is probably one of your better options.

          Yoshida Sushi Bar
          2026 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108

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            wilafur RE: andytseng Jan 29, 2009 10:10 AM

            agreed. but the pricing is all over the place at the bar.

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              ianf95 RE: wilafur Jan 29, 2009 12:15 PM

              So far I got Toros and Yoshida. That's it?

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                Bert RE: ianf95 Jan 29, 2009 02:50 PM

                Kiyosuzu in Arcadia is still pretty reliable as well, though the best stuff is now often saved for the weekend (had great live uni, japanese scallops and toro there last weekend)

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              truetraveler RE: andytseng Jan 29, 2009 02:55 PM

              Completely agree!
              Yoshida's is fantastic!
              The Pompano is melt in your mouth.
              California Roll with real crab meat
              and Lobster Dynamite is yummy!
              Can be a bit pricey, but worth it!

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              crystaw RE: ianf95 Jan 29, 2009 12:13 PM

              I like Hanabi Sushi Bar next to the Macy's on Lake in Pasadena. I also hear a lot of recommedations for Z Sushi in Alhambra but I've never been there so I can't vouch for it.

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                ianf95 RE: crystaw Jan 30, 2009 12:09 PM

                So far Yoshida has the best reviews on yelp, and Toros probably second. Hanabi and Z looks like a level down.

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                Jaytizzle RE: ianf95 Jan 30, 2009 12:27 PM

                Yoshida is amazing. I was there last week and they and live, fresh Uni ( Sea Urchin ). They had it displayed on the sushi bar in water. Once you ordered it, they cracked it open and took out the delicious goodness. Amazing!! Price is a little high but worth it. It was around $170 for 3 of us.

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