ISO sashimi in OC for my wife's b-day...
I have a dliemma of sorts. My wife's bithday is coming up and I want to make her happy. She wants sashimi. The problem is that I do not eat sashimi and therefore am very ignorant of sashimi restaurants.
The second problem is my wife has a desire for all you can eat sahimi. I have explained to her that with sashimi, all you can eat means low quality. She can eat a bunch (even though she is very skinny - unbelievable) and is concerned a good sashimi place will be too expensive (I don't care but she does).
So can you suggest a good place in Orange County for sashimi that will not break the bank?
I really want to make my wife happy.
Thanks in advance!!
You are not going to find an all you can eat sashimi place. There are all you can eat sushi bars, but you have to eat the rice. So just go out to a nice sushi bar and have her order sashimi. For me, here are my top sushi restaurants in OC, which also serve other dishes so you are not stuck with just sushi:
1st tier (in order):
San Shi Go on Balboa Island (not the one in Newport Beach)
Maki Zushi in Tustin
Bluefin in Newport (though for a date I would probably swap it with Maki since Bluefin is in a nicer area)
Hamamori at Crystal Court (more than a few will argue it belongs with the group above)
Wasa (either one, Jamboree or the spectrum)
Tommy's Sushi in Tustin
Riptide in Mission Viejo/Chomp in Fullerton (much rowdier than the other places on the list, with full bars and Teppan tables as well)
Wasabi in Tustin is great, but you are not going to get a good non-sushi meal. Honda Ya and Kappo Honda are both great for other Japanese dishes, but not where I would go for sushi/sashimi.
Chomp Sushi & Teppan Grill
181 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
13124 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660
1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA
Izakaya Wasa at The Spectrum
59 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Hamamori At the Plaza
3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy Ste 325, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
My brain fart, it is on the Peninsula. But... You can cross over the bridge to the Island and take the ferry to the peninsula for a fairly unique So. Cal. experience. 3 cars at a time, pretty cheap, and a quick ride. Or you can take the ferry back. San Shi Go is about a block from the ferry station on the peninsula.
San Shi Go Restaurant
1100 S Coast Hwy Ste 303, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Oshima Japanese Cuisine
1956 N Tustin St,
Very solid sushi bar with reasonable prices. For the quality of fish you are getting, you'd be surprised at the prices.
They can accomodate you as well as a non-sushi/sashimi eater.