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Feb 15, 2011 06:35 AM

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!!

HB Jeff

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  1. 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)

    2nd tier:
    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

    Wasa Sushi
    13124 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602

    7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Maki Zushi
    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

    3 Replies
    1. re: ocshooter

      I believe San Shi Go is on Balboa Peninsula NOT Balboa Island; good choice!

      San Shi Go Restaurant
      1100 S Coast Hwy Ste 303, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      1. re: Philly

        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

        1. re: ocshooter

          aren't both WaSa and Hamamori, run by chef James Hamamori, or am i mistaken?

          The wasa treausres are always very good, although i have not had them in ages.

          11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    2. 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.