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sushilover2 May 28, 2010 03:45 PM

Please help me find the best sushi restaurant in Orance County.

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    raidahguy Jun 1, 2010 05:17 PM

    ShIbucho hands down. Try to get a reservation if you can. It can get packed since the restaurant and staff is so small. Do not go if youre into fusion sushi, you will not be welcome.

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      paulcline Jun 1, 2010 04:53 PM

      Try Ohshima in Orange near Tustin and Meats.

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        jacknhedy Jun 1, 2010 04:21 PM


        as has already been mentioned, just jumping in to agree...
        1. sushi shibucho. hands down, not to mention the price tag well below what one would normally expect to pay for such quality.
        2. blue fin - for a modern take.


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          Jerome May 30, 2010 01:17 AM

          agree with shibutani at Sushi Shibucho - will drive there from LA. worth it.
          end of story.

          Sushi Shibucho
          590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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          1. re: Jerome
            chris2269 May 31, 2010 03:40 PM

            I was disappointed with Hamamori, I would recommend BlueFin or Wasabi though without hesitating.

            11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              lawdog262 Jun 1, 2010 03:48 PM

              Koi in Seal Beach is excellent as well. Sit at Daigo or Taka's section

              Koi Restaurant
              600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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            sushilover2 May 28, 2010 06:06 PM

            Thank You!!! I will keep you updated as to where I go. Thanks again for the advice..

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            1. re: sushilover2
              kdoc May 31, 2010 01:26 PM


              Wasabi is closed until June 11.

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              degustateur May 28, 2010 04:50 PM

              Greetings, sushilover2!

              My recommendations, in order of preference:

              Sushi Shibucho
              590 W. 19th Street
              Costa Mesa, CA 92627
              (714) 642-2677
              IMHO, No. 1 in OC and my favorite “go to” sushi bar in SoCal. Outstanding omakase although a la carte selection is offered as well. Shibutani-san is a bone fide pioneer of sushi in California (Note: not California sushi) and a genuine grand master. All fish is prepared using traditional methods, then sliced and made to order. Naga (Glenn), his son, spent over 5 years apprenticing in Japan before dad allowed him into the shop. Naga is now the legal owner but there is no question as to who’s the boss and where the leadership and direction comes from. Mama oversees the back kitchen, plates the soups and takes care of the guests making sure your sake, beer or water doesn’t run dry. No “cutesy-sushi”, no California rolls – only the real deal served straight-up as it should be. 95%+ Japanese clientele. Very relaxed service in a traditional, low-key venue. I cannot praise them enough – think I’ll go there tonight. Worth a trip from anywhere. $$

              9039 Garfield Ave.
              Fountain Valley, CA 92708
              (714) 963-8769
              Outstanding traditional sushi by a true grand master. Trained by, similar in style and second only to Shibucho in OC. Wonderful selection of fresh seafood, wonderfully prepared and presented by a master in a nice, slightly upscale traditional venue. Go for the omakase to maximize your experience and pleasure. Truly great. $$$

              Sushi Wasabi
              14460 Newport Avenue, Suite E
              Tustin, CA 92780
              (714) 505-3496
              Omakase only. No California roll! Excellent traditional, straightforward sushi served by the meticulous Katsu-san, a true master and graduate of the Nozawa/Nobi (Sasabune) school. They’ve been known to meet almost daily at International Fish Market at about 5:00 AM to select the day’s catch. Fish quality and freshness are top-notch. Katsu handpicks his Kumamoto oysters one at a time. Portion sizes are relatively small allowing one to enjoy the full battery of the day’s offerings. The Texas Blue Crab Hand Roll is the star of the show for me. It’s usually my craving for a couple of them that prompts my return visits. Relaxed, yet focused service in a bare-bones shop. $$

              3333 Bear St., Suite 320
              Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
              (714) 850-0880
              Hamamori is located upstairs in the Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza adjacent to the bridge. Superb sushi by James of Wasa Sushi fame. Everything is exceedingly fresh and masterfully prepared and presented in a fabulous venue with a great view. Exude confidence and go for the omakase – chef’s choice and, please, don’t squeal if you see something still moving on your plate – it’s that fresh (~_^). Exceptional service – ask for James. You certainly will not be disappointed. $$

              Sushi Shibucho
              590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

              Sushi Wasabi
              14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

              9039 Garfield Ave, Fountain Valley, CA

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              1. re: degustateur
                Das Ubergeek May 28, 2010 08:57 PM


                Heartily DISAGREE with Mosun, which is in Laguna Beach. The rolls are just OK, and the attitude that goes with them is unbelievably haughty. It's places like that that scare newbies away from sushi. If you are going to try their sushi, which is really not bad (but not exceptional), I suggest tuna tataki; it's their best dish.

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                  ocshooter May 29, 2010 04:32 PM

                  Attitude at Mosun? I've never had a table, but the chefs at the bar have always been friendly and fun. The biggest issue for me is that it gets very crowded, so you can get a bad vibe from the crowd, especially when there is a group waiting to go to the club upstairs.

                  And yes, the sushi isn't exceptional, but for me it fits into the second tier for me.

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                    Das Ubergeek May 30, 2010 08:38 PM

                    And I've never sat at the bar. My experience has been at the tables, and they're just bloody insufferable. I agree about second-tier, though.

                2. re: degustateur
                  New Trial May 29, 2010 01:27 AM

                  Thursday night Shibucho was jammed so I hopped back on the 55 and made a return visit to Hamamori and had an excellent omakase. It is always a pleasure to be seated in front of James.

                3. ocshooter May 28, 2010 04:11 PM

                  My favorite is San Shi Go on Balboa Peninsula, across from the pier and near the fun zone. Sit at the bar and order Omakase. It is all I do there now, I don't even try to order unless I see something come out that looks interesting for someone else. They get a fair bit of imported seasonal fish that I don't see at other places. I have never had anything that wasn't amazing, except one time they served me some fried toro. Oh well, one misstep is excused. I expect to pay about $100pp with some sake.

                  Wasabi on Newport in Tustin also gets a lot of praise, and I have had great meals there, but it has been a while and there is very little ambiance.

                  Bluefin gets a lot of love here, but I have not been.

                  Hamamori is worth a shout out as well, but I think that the sushi is less a draw than some of the other Japanese dishes. I did have a pretty good meal there, but I was not blown away by the fish itself.

                  If you want to spend less than $100pp, I like Mosun in Newport (creative rolls), Tommy's in Tustin (ditto) and Wasa in Irvine and at the Spectrum, but none of there can compete with the ones listed above.

                  Wasa Sushi
                  13124 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602

                  Sushi Wasabi
                  14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

                  Izakaya Wasa at The Spectrum
                  59 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

                  Mosun Sushi Saki Bar & Night Club
                  680 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

                  San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
                  205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661

                  11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  Bluefin Restaurant
                  7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

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