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Apr 11, 2011 10:39 AM

going to Disneyland, good authentic Japanese restaurant?

We are going to Disneyland this week, and are looking for a good Japaese restaurant in the area. Our parents owned a sushi bar here in Seattle, so we are looking for good quality, authentic Japanese/sushi.

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  1. Will you have a car? How far are you willing to drive? Specifically sushi, or do you want some other Japanese cuisine?

    I can't think of any great sushi or broader Japanese restaurants in the area right near Disney. If you're willing to drive within a 15-30 minute radius then yes.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Yes, we will have a car, and yes, we are willing to drive for something good- thanks!

      1. re: mmkanzaki

        Yakiniku - Tsuruhashi

        Robata & Yakitori - Shin Sen Gumi

        Both in Fountain Valley.

        18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

        1. re: JAB

          Agree w/ JAB on both of these recs. Both excellent as long you're not craving sushi or sashimi, as those aren't the things to get at a robatayaki place. Tsuruhashi has no sushi on the menu in any case.

          I'm guessing you want old-school Edomae type sushi? For hardcore traditional Japanese sushi (no California rolls, omakase only) then Sushi Wasabi in Tustin is your closest option to Disney. A little further away, Sushi Shibucho in Costa Mesa is less strict about what they'll make, but the fish is good and the chef is very skilled.

          Sushi Shibucho
          590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

          Sushi Wasabi
          14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

          18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    2. I like Sushi Murasaki. The sushi bar is for omakase only, which I think starts around $55/60. 901 W Macarthur Blvd # 108, Santa Ana

      I also really like Honda Ya for an izakaya.

      Sushi Murasaki
      2901 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

      1. I don't know if by Japanese/sushi you mean that you require sushi or not. Honda Ya is an izakaya in Tustin that has decent to good izakaya dishes and good yakitori, but the sushi and sashimi is terrible. If you don't require sushi it's a good choice, and fairly convenient to Disneyland.

        1. A great Japanese team is at Shojin and I love their food. Its good quality. I do not know if its authentic as I never been to Japan, and from what I understand its a unique subset of Japanese cuisine.

          333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: apple7blue

            Do yOu mean the one downtown? Not exactly convenient to Disneyland.

            I'll put in a plug for Maki-Zushi in Tustin, though you should sit at the bar and talk to the itamae.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Si, senor . . . "Yes, we will have a car, and yes, we are willing to drive for something good- thanks!" Depending on when you leave and go it could work out well . . . Plus there is always the option of parking for free and taking Amtrak from Anaheim station about half an hour and a few minutes to Union Station which is down the street from Shojin.

              333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          2. Ohshima is Orange is good and close to Disneyland.