Sushiya Concord -- Lunch All You Can Eat Sushi
With the economy these days, I thought I'd pass on some info about Sushiya in Concord which just opened about 2 months ago. I've posted relevant info first, then my review below.
2002 Suite B, Salvio St., Concord CA 94520
Their Mon - Fri Lunch is all you can eat, @ $14.95/person
At that price point, this is an ideal spot to get sushi at pretty low cost. I've been a few times now, and everything is fresh. Even the CA rolls are made with real crab meat. And for those who have been to "hole-in-the-wall" places with horridly stale and/or low quailty rice, don't worry -- the quality of rice in Sushiya's all you can eat items is fair.
Dinner items range from $2 to $12 / order.
Note: $0.50 / person charge on tea.
Lunch All You Can Eat menu items include:
Appetizers -- edamame, sunomono, shrimp tempura, assorted tempura, soft shell crab, seafood salad, chicken salad, gyoza, seaweed salad, green salad, beef teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, miso soup, steamed rice, tonkatsu, fried salmon
Maki -- over 50 kinds
Nigiri -- maguro, sake, ebi, tai, tamago, kaibashira, tobiko, shiro maguro, hokkigai, hamachi, unagi, tako, saba, ika, inari, kani, ikura, masaga, wakame
Temaki -- california, veggie, taxi, spicy hamachi, white tuna, ebi tempura, salmon skin, sweet potato, seaweed salad, ikura, sake, chicken teri, salmon teri, beef teri, unagi, gym, spicy tuna, ebi, scallops, spider, cooked salmon, tobiko, hamachi, fire spicy crab
Each person is allowed to pick a max of 3 items each time they order. When your set of 3 arrives at the table, another copy of the menu is provided for your next order. No limit on how many times you order.
I noticed a few items on the dinner menu that is not available for all you can eat lunch, like albacore, amaebi, and a few others. For those of you who look for uni on menus, they don't carry it at all.
On Friday, 4 of us headed out there to check it out. We managed to try quite a bit of their menu items.
Shrimp tempura (3 orders@ 5 pieces/order? don't quite remember how many): no flavor, too much batter, and a bit soggy when it was brought to the table. On my prior visit this was of much better quality, so this item may be hit or miss.
Soft shell crab (3 orders @ 1 crab/order split into 4 pieces each): better than I expected, especially after the tempura. Good ratio of breading to crab, not greasy, fairly crisp.
Gyoza (2 orders @ 6 pieces/order): better than some other places I've tried. Not deep fried; more like small pot stickers w/ thin skin. So good that after trying the 1st order we added a 2nd.
Seaweed Salad: pretty good. If you don't like your seaweed overly seasoned then this is for you. Just enough seasoning that it doesn't overpower the dish. Plenty of sesame seeds sprinkled for garnish.
Fried salmon: smallish piece of salmon deep fried and cut into 3 pieces... didn't stand out, and I wouldn't order it again.
Beef Teri: sliced thinly, just a touch of pink in the interior slices. I probably wouldn't order this again, just simply because at a sushi place I'd go for sashimi if they have it rather than beef or chicken. But it was tender, and my dining companions seemed to enjoy it.
Maki (6 pieces per roll):
We ordered so many and they kept coming, it got confusing as to what was what. But I will try to post from memory...
CA deluxe: tobiko, crab, & avocado. As I mentioned above, the rolls calling for crab meat had real crab and not kani which always adds a point in my book. Since I rarely order CA rolls, can't really say much about this one... although one of my dining companions claimed its one of the better ones he's had.
Caterpillar: eel, crab, & avocado. The unagi it this wasn't bad... not too sweet for those who hate unagi drowning in sticky sweet sauce.
Golden Gate: grilled salmon skin. This was a warm roll. The roll was sliced and plated to look like the golden gate. Plenty of kappa and other fillers, but rice ratio was a fair balance.
Rock n Roll: eel & avocado. The thing I remember most about this roll was that they overdid the rice.
There were a few other rolls I recall we ordered, but can't figure out which ones they are on the menu in front of me now... In general I'd say the quality of the rolls were fair to good for the price point. And from the business standpoint, I completely understand why ratios of filler and rice are sometimes overdone.
Nigiri (2 pieces per order):
I ordered the majority of nigiri at our table. In general, I was surprised that the pads of rice were fairly standard size rather than giant belly filling lumps. And the slices of fish were standard as well, not translucently thin nor miniscule. We tried several orders of maguro, sake, ebi, kaibashira (fairly good sized -- not bay, fresh), hamachi, shiro maguro, unagi, ika (pretty good, although I've had better for this price I'd come back), and ikura (they didn't skimp on this either).
Overall, the four of us paid under $70 for a meal I'd pay up to $120 for. Maybe a bit pricey for a weekday lunch, and quality is definitely not up to par with the major sushi players in the bay area, but it is an economical option for those craving sushi in Concord.
I was in Concord for Fry's and I wanted sushi so I gave it a try. It is true that I ate a lot of sushi for $15 but it was far from great. It was barely good.
For the nigiri, the fish was fresh but the rice was so over seasoned it was falling apart and the taste overwhelmed the more delicate fish. I know S U said the rice isn't "giant belly filling lumps" but that is not true for the maki rolls. They are rolled with waaaay too much rice.
Then there's the service. One guy cranking out all the sushi and two waiters just standing around waiting (and waiting) for this guy to finish a tray to bring to a table. There were only two other tables there besides ours and it still took a looooong time to get an order. I can't imagine what they do when there's five or six tables. They are definitely counting on people getting tired of waiting rather than eating their fill of sushi.
If you want all-you-can-eat sushi try Edoko on University in Berkeley or Hana Sushi on Van Ness in San Francisco. They're both worth the drive.