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Nov 19, 2010 07:38 AM

Suggestions for great Sushi that is moderately priced / affordable?

My husband & I moved to Phoenix from LA about 2 years ago, and haven't had much luck finding a good, "regular" sushi place to frequent. We live in the Arcadia area.

We go to Sushi Roku on special occasions, but it's really expensive and a total scene. We've also been to Hana, off 7th Ave and Missouri and it was ok, but didn't stand out.

Would love some suggestions on other sushi restaurants that are more casual dining options - somewhere you'd go for a quick Wednesday night dinner. I don't need it to be super cheap - but definitely not looking for a place with Roku or Roka Akor prices.


Roka Akor Restaurant
7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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  1. Hana would have been my first recommendation. It might be helpful to know what you didn't like about it so that I can avoid recommending places you wouldn't like for the same reasons.

    1. In Scottsdale, about 15-20 minutes is Hiro sushi. Old school japanese with great specials board. In Chandler-Mesa, Shimogamo is excellent. Sushi and affordable is not really found here like in CA. Both spots are Japanese owned with Japanese clientele.

      2051 W Warner Rd # 14, Chandler, AZ

      1. I moved from Phoenix to the SF Bay Area about a year ago, but our go-to place for reasonably priced, good sushi was Sushi Ken in Ahwatukee. The service was sometimes kind of spacey, but we avoided that by just eating at the sushi bar.

        Sushi Ken
        4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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        1. re: sistinas

          I second the Sushi Ken recommendation...

          Sushi Ken
          4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

          1. re: firecooked

            Me too. And, they are running a crazy good deal right now with $20 all you can eat sushi. Rolls and the entire sushi menu included. Lunch time deal, not sure about dinner as I work nearby, but live elsewhere.

        2. If you visit the west side of the valley, Akai Hana in Goodyear has a great happy hour and reverse happy hour (8-10pm) and happy hour all day Sunday. My friend and I can pack away A LOT of sushi and a couple sodas and leave with around a $30 tab. Though I don't know that I would call it "great" sushi, but it is good enough for AZ sushi and the price is right.

          1. Hi Penny Layne111 Is it too late to welcome you to the Valley of the Sun after 2 years? My wife and I are transplants from LA too.

            The best Sushi place we have found is Yazu, near the Paradise Valley Mall, which is not too, too,far from you, especially if you are still used to LA driving times.

            Yazu got voted the best Sushi in the area by the AZ Republic, which does not say much on its own. Can you tell we don't get their recommendations often?

            My wife and I have the same frustration with Phoenix sushi. We find a lot of "me too" creations, a lot of mayo rolls and a lot of none too fresh fish. Yazu did not dissapoint us and had some very creative, fresh options. We'd always wondered if "fresh" fish was available in the desert and now know definitely that it is. We went to Atlas Bistro in Scottsdale, (great and expensive) but had fresh Block Island (RI) swordfish. Chef Joshua Reiser over at Atlas described how they get their East Coast Swordfish. It sounds like some work but refrigerated (not frozen or ever frozen) fish is available here, it just costs more. Hence, the logical phenomenon of lower cost sushi places serving less fresh fish.

            I am getting the hang of the chow hound link things but the address at 4316 E. Cactus Rd. Phoenix, should be linked into this post. Happy Eating.

            4316 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032

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            1. re: P Chef

              Yasu is my choice as well for moderately priced. Honestly I haven't found sushi I thought was better anywhere else, although Yasu is very reasonably priced for Phoenix.