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Sep 13, 2010 03:07 PM

Good Sushi in Walnut Creek?

Looking for a place to send out of town guest who enjoy great sushi.

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  1. If you are looking for Japanese style sushi (rather than lots of giant American style rolls), and are willing to drive or BART 10 minutes, then Hanazen in Orinda is outstanding. Go for the white board specials.

    87 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

    1. Tatsu Sushi at 1837 Ygnacio Valley Rd, is very good and more on the traditional end of the spectrum. Miraku at 2131 N Broadway has very good fish, but they also do a lot of Americanized rolls.

      2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

      Tatsu Sushi
      1837 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

      1. The best fish in town is at Sasa downtown - . It's a izakaya-style restaurant with a great selection of cooked food as well as an impressive sushi selection. They say the fish is coming in daily from the Tsukiji fish market - it does taste quite fresh and has been consistent over my visits (at least 8 at this point).

        Service is very hit or miss and pricing is on the high side for Walnut Creek (but I think fair given the quality of product and equivalent to a similar restaurant in the city). The place can also be a bit of a scene, but I'm generally accepting of that given the run-down state and low quality of the 'real' sushi restaurants in town.

        1432 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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        1. re: a geek

          had chirashi at sasa not long after they opened. doubt any of the fish within came from japan. fish was fresh but barely. fresher and more reasonable chirashi i had at ozora sushi , 785 oak grove rd, in concord, about 10 minutes up the hill.

          sasa is (imo) hyped. wouldn't know how much fish they serve actually comes from japan. my guess, very little. just enough so they can note "from japan" on their menu.

          1. re: a geek

            It's a bit disingenuous for any sushi resto to try and trumpet the fact that fish is coming in daily from Tsukiji. Industry folk estimate that 90% of the sushi-grade fish IN THE ENTIRE WORLD emanates from Tsukiji. That number is not altogether surprising when you compare the volume that moves thru Tsukiji on a DAILY basis as compared to the ANNUAL volume of the second largest fish market in the world (Fulton Fish Market in NYC).

            So even the barely edible fish that you get at the marginal sushi places was in all likelihood sourced originally from Tsukiji. The difference is that they're getting the Grade Z fish versus the Grade A+ that the stellar places are getting from the same handful of fish distributors here in the States.

            That being said, I dined at Sasa for lunch a couple months ago. Quality was decent IMO, but nothing to compare against the better places in the Bay Area.

            1432 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

          2. NOT TATSU. Tatsu is disgusting. I had putrid fish there.