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  1. Kaito in encinitas. Best in sd.

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    1. re: SDGourmand

      2nd Kaito. Totally worth the extra 10-15 minutes north.

      1. re: daantaat

        3rd Kaito. Worth the little drive north.

        What about the new izakaya in Del Mar, Shimbashi?

        Market in Del Mar also has a sushi bar, although I've never been. I've only seen it when eating in the regular restaurant. It's always packed.

        1. re: psychotron

          4th Kaito.

          I was just there for the amaebi in season and it was absolutely awesome.

    2. Nobu in Solana Beach is very good!

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      Nobu
      207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

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      1. re: steveprez

        Really?! I went there awhile ago and thought it was absolutely disgusting. So bad that I would never return.

        1. re: SDGourmand

          We've been there perhaps a dozen times in the last five years, always with a good experience food wise. We typically go omakase style. Perhaps they had an off nite when you were there.

          1. re: steveprez

            With Kaito so close, why would you go anywhere else? Although, that being said, now I realize that a couple times when the traffic has been horrendous on the 5 going north and we're intending to go to Kaito, we've made a detour and gone to Matsuo in Solana Beach, but it never, ever measures up. We've been totally spoiled by Kaito, and really, there's no reason to go anywhere else. Our kids (tween and teens) tend to push us towards Matsuo because it's a bit more of a "scene", but Kaito is simply in another league for sushi. We tried Nobu a couple times, and for us, it wasn't worth going back, but again, that's mostly because we love, love, love Kaito.

            For the person who asked about Shimbashi in Del Mar plaza, please don't bother going there! We've had a couple very mediocre, yet expensive, dinners there because we live nearby and really wanted to like it. If you're stuck in Del Mar and can't get to Kaito, I'd go to Japone instead, which is a few blocks south of the plaza on Camino del Mar around 11th St, I think.

            1. re: carli

              Thanks for the heads up on Shimbashi. I've never been, only remembered that it was there. Really though, for how close you are to Kaito, it's worth the drive.

              It's not sushi, but if you are in the Japanese mood, maybe look into Yu Me Ya in Encinitas as well.

              1. re: carli

                I hope that psychotron and other readers look beyond carli's "love, love love" for Kaito and trust their own experience and taste. As a note, Shimbashi is an Izakaya, Kaito is a Shokudo, a difference of more than opinion.

                1. re: rberry31

                  Sure, feel free to look beyond my "love love love" for Kaito, but my point was directed at the topic of the discussion (sushi) so I was sharing that I've had very mediocre sushi at Shimbashi. I'd very much like to also "love love love" Shimbashi (or even like it) because it's a neighborhood place for me. I'd prefer not to drive 20 mins north to Kaito, but unfortunately for me, there's no place in Del Mar that stacks up for sushi. If the discussion was about Izakaya, I wouldn't have bothered to comment or steer the poster towards Kaito. Sorry if you felt I came on too strong about Kaito and its sushi!

                  1. re: rberry31

                    I hope that psychotron listens to carli and other hounds on the board who have been to Kaito and have had truly outstanding sushi. Izakaya definition aside, other hounds went to Shimbashi and said it did not compare to either Izakaya Sakura or Yu Me Ya in quality. The best sushi in North County belongs to Kaito. The best/closest izakaya is Yu Me Ya, which technically isn't one b/c the menu isn't broad enough, but what they do, they do very well.

                    1. re: daantaat

                      What the hell is going on? I've eaten at Kaito and consider it the best sushi in SD, thus I recommended going. I also stated I never ate at Shimbashi, only remembered that it was there. And yes I know it's an izakaya.

                      1. re: psychotron

                        sorry, didn't mean to offend. I was replying to rberry31's implication that you and other hounds were simply "following" what carli said about Kaito being very good and my rebuttal was that you and other hounds are trusting your own judgement and not blindly "following the herd."

              2. re: SDGourmand

                very surprised at your experience at Nobu; I've been going for well over a decade and have never had anything close to such a disappointment

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                Nobu
                207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

                1. re: SDGourmand

                  i was there once several years ago and thought it was pretty bad as well, and when i've mentioned it here other Hounds have expressed surprise. good to know it wasn't just me!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    yes good to know it wasn't just me either.. My experience wasn't just an off night, it just was a bad restaurant IMO.. Even the bathroom was disgusting, reminded me of a prison camp.. I'll stick with Kaito if I want sushi in SD..

                2. re: steveprez

                  If there ever was a "farm team" in San Diego for semi-traditional Sushi chefs, it'd be Samurai in Solana Beach. However none of their "graduates" (Nobu, Blue Fin, etc.) have ever risen enough above the level of their home team, Samurai - which may have been "good enough" in a decades ago San Diego - to merit any serious consideration as San Diego's best Sushi today.

                  The likes of Morita-san at Kaito and Kotani-san at Shirahama has shown that all of the others are still playing in the minors...

                  And without getting into too much detail my last meal at Nobu, from Nobu himself, was just simply sad. (I actually felt sad for him that his standards had fallen so low.)

                  1. re: cgfan

                    Samurai definitely isn't anything to write home about, but the couple of times i ate there it was far better than my experience at either Nobu or Masuo's...though that's not really saying much :)

                    best sushi i ever had in SD was obviously at Kaito. second-place honors (in *my* experience) go to Taka...and i'd still put Zenbu & Japengo ahead of Samurai, Nobu & Masuo's.

                    i only tried Ota once - it was disappointingly mediocre and i couldn't ever justify schlepping back down there to try it again.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Just to make it clear that's what I was trying to get across regarding Samurai - that it's middling to mediocre at best. However they seem to spin-off Japanese Sushi chefs into the broader community, though mainly because the owner's are very hard to work with, and none of those ended-up running any Sushi bar of note, Nobu included...

                      1. re: cgfan

                        i know, i was agreeing with you. i just veered off-course a bit ;)