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I'm looking for Sushi in South Pasadena. Any thoughts on Tokoro or Ai ?

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  1. Though I can't comment on the two restaurants you mentioned, I'd like to suggest Bristol Farm's for their sushi. I've always found the sashimi to be quite fresh and the sushi is great. The sushi chef will make your order right there for you if you aren't wanting any of the premade sushi boxes.

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    1. re: Augusta

      Have to respectfully disagree. I've gotten sushi at Bristol Farms a handful of times and never liked it. The rice is too seasoned imho, too much vinegar too much sugar, and throws off the balance of the whole thing.

      I've heard that Gelson's is much better, but I can't vouch as I haven't tried it. There's a Gelson's in Paseo Colorado.

    2. I have no experience with Tokoro. Ai was mediocre on my only visit.

      In that area, I would recommend a quick jaunt south to Z Sushi in Alhambra. It's very close to Twohey's. Absolutely first class (Z Sushi I mean -- Twohey's isn't.)

      1. I second the recommendation for Z Sushi -- although technically Z is in Alhambra (not S. Pasadena), but then what's a few municipalities amongst chowhounds, right? :-)

        Might also consider Sushi of Naples or even Sushi Roku if you want to head a bit up north to Pasadena.

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        1. re: ipse dixit

          Here is a link to my recent review of the omakase there. In sum, I really liked it and think it's the best option around that part of town.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        2. Ai is ok, but sit at the bar- otherwise it's impossible to read the little scribbled signs with the offerings.

          Tokoro is frighteningly bad.

          1. I would not recommend Ai. I used to work very close by there, went there a couple of times and did not like it at all. Our favorite sushi place is Futami, in Monrovia in the Vons Pavilions shopping center on Foothill & Myrtle. Not too horribly far away! Every place we go, we compare to Futami, and Futami always wins...enjoy!

            1. One more vote for Z. It's just off Huntington Drive. I don't I've ever had fresher Sushi. Well worth it.

              1. (I know this thread is a few years old, but I'm new to the area, so I thought I'd update it.)

                Haven't eaten at Ai, but I just got back from a meal at Tokoro. I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually--and it was worlds better than Z Sushi. Tokoro wasn't exceptional, by any means, but the rolls (all we had) were inventive and well-made. Z Sushi, which I had last week, on the other hand, was drab, boring, and not terribly fresh. Tokoro has a very laid-back, informal feel to it, but if all you care about is the food, I'd recommend it as a basic roll place.

                1. I went to Z for lunch the other day. It was good. It reminds me of Uzen on the Westside. I had the sushi lunch special, with an extra order of Spanish mackeral. The sushi that came with the combo was fine; standard combo selection, nothing really special, but the Spanish mackeral was extremely fresh and delicious and worth the extra $$. Next time I'd go a la carte or omakase.

                  Z is where Huntington, Atlantic and Garfield meet. Free parking in front.

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                  1. re: chowmominLA

                    what is the price for moakase at Z?

                  2. i like this place in pasadena on Glenarm and Marengo called Oba. So far I've gotten good service and I like several of their special rolls (the ones not on the menu but listed on a dry erase board by the sushi bar). I have a 2 year old, so i've only eaten at a table there...i haven't eaten at the sushi bar area yet


                    1. Z is good. Japon Bistro in Pasadena is also good. They both have sushi bars and izakaya type food, and Japon Bistro has 3 price level prix fixe's starting at something like $35, and which you are allowed to split(!). Japon Bistro has a surprisingly nice and fairly extensive selection of sakes.