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wish i could find some good sushi in sgv. i don't mind the 20mi trek to studio city but it's a little too far to go frequently just to eat. chef katsu at tama actually recommended me to osho in monterey park. apparently one of his former apprentice works there now. came out to 40 after tax/tip with some market price items. osho's decent but pricy when ordering a-la-carte vs sushi dinners, similar to sushi gen. been there a few times and also sushi go 55 in little tokyo. good but nothing memorable. i favor traditional sushi/sashimi and hand rolls. any recommendations for excellent sushi in sgv?

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    1. re: ktla97

      no, no, no, Sushi of Naples is just not that good.
      I agree with the general sentiment - good sushi in the SGV is rare. Some chowhounders have raved about Z sushi in Alhambra, but I have been disappointed there. But all is not lost - IMO very good sushi can be had at Matsuri (1065 E. Green St. in Pasadena), proper sushi bar, interesting specials, ridiculously nice people; I also like Shaab (77 N Raymond Ave in Pasadena) as a lunch option - a bit pricey at dinner and the service is kinda slow, but at least the sushi is the best in old town.

      1. re: gastronomike

        i didn't have good experience at naples either the one time i went for lunch long ago. i've seen z sushi mentioned here as well but i never imagined it to be any good.

        1. re: zack

          Z is quite good. At its best I think it approaches Sushi Gen in quality and it's an attractive bar (& room.)

    2. Try a place called THE SUSHI in Temple City.

      It's a sliver of a restaurant with limited hours (usu. mostly dinners), but it has a good quality fish at very reasonable prices.

      5835 Temple City Blvd
      Temple City
      (626) 286-8018

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      1. re: ipse dixit

        Tried this place after passing it up for years. Sushi was fabulous! The chef was really trippy - my wife ordered aji and asked him to make it with ponzu sauce - he replied "no, I don't make it that way" but it was great anyway. This goes to the top of my list.

      2. I think the closest to best sushi spots in SGV would be Z Sushi in Alhambra. 1132 N Garfield Ave

        I had one of the best albacore at Yoshida Sushi Bar in San Marino. The restaurant is small, but it has its loyal patrons. 2026 Huntington

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        1. re: chica

          I second this. I had it the other day. Quality is very good.

          1. re: chica

            Yoshida Sushi in San Marino is fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. Sit at sushi bar (in the middle of it), that's Yoshi's territory. You'll be guaranteed great sushi, great service and one hell of a Saki drinking partner. The man can drink like a fish and still stay very composed. I've never seen him turn down a drink from a patron.
            Try the sweet shrimp, white tuna, torro and live Uni. They're to die for!

          2. Maybe try Suzuhiro on Baldwin in Arcadia? It's a terrific little joint where speaking Japanese would probably do you a little good ;D

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            1. re: Freddie

              Suzuhiro? I think you mean Kiyosuzu. Between Huntington and Duarte on Baldwin. Excellent scallpos and mix sahimi.

            2. It is thanks to this board that we discovered Z Sushi (tokyoastrogirl, in particular). We love it. We always sit at the bar, aways in Toshi's section. Sometimes we do omakase, sometimes just ask him what's good and wing it. We always start with sea bream which they usually have. We went just a few days ago. Delicious as always and it always seems like a very good deal for the amount of food and drinks we get.

              1. Our favorite sushi place is Futami in Monrovia, in the shopping center on the corner of Foothill and Myrtle. We've been going there for years and love it. We've tried other places, but always go back to Futami. Enjoy!

                1. Places I go when I don't want to drive to Little Tokyo:

                  Arcadia: KIYOSUZU, SAKANA on Duarte. Both have excellent fish, SAKANA is stronger on cooked items.

                  Monterey Park: GENKI on Atlantic. Service can be slow when things get busy.

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                  1. re: babalu

                    With regard to Genki, I had a terrible sushi experience there, though friends say you have to sit at the sushi bar to get good sushi (there were several of us, so we were at a table).

                  2. How about Hayakawa in Covina? Ankimo with caviar, oyster shooters, consistently fresh uni and sweet shrimp, Spanish Mackerel sashimi, that baked seafood thingy (dynamite something), and mille crepe for dessert. I love this place. The rice is always nice and warm, and the seaweed wrap is always crispy. Nice quiet space too. And nobody's going to get mad at you if you order a spicy tuna hand roll either.

                    Otherwise, you should just take the drive to Little Tokyo. I'm in O.C. now, so I normally go to Shibucho. But when I visit friends up there, Hayakawa is where we go for sushi.

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                    1. re: Tkn

                      No! This place is terrible! I'll never go back.

                    2. ooh yeah...i second the hayakawa rec. reasonably priced omakase. fresh fish. if you bring friends who are scared of the raw stuff the broiled miso cod should knock their socks off.

                      1. There is a place on Atlantic Blvd that is really old school. Very small. Their food was pretty good but I don't remember the name.

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                        1. re: tissue

                          Sushi Sai, Genki, Kayo(now gone), or Shinano?

                          1. re: mpken

                            It's south Garvey, on the west side of Atlantic.

                        2. Genki is north of Garvey, Shinano and what used to be Kayo are on the east side of Atlantic, so it sounds like Sushi Sai to me. Near the waterfall, almost caddy corner to New Concept. Nice food, just had Sushi Sai for dinner tonight. Can get quite slow when there are lots of people, but good food nonetheless.

                          1. All those places mediocre compared to Yoshida

                            Yoshida has the best Sushi!
                            I have tried many places, wok n'roll, sushi of naples, Yoshi has the best albacore and spicy tuna. the cucumber special roll is the BOMB!! The place is laid back and everyone is very friendly.

                            Yoshida Sushi Bar
                            2026 Huntington Dr
                            San Marino, CA 91108
                            (626) 281-9292

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                            1. re: undertheradar

                              Isn't Yoshida strictly a rolls place? No offense, but IMO if its not nigiri, its not even sushi.

                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                no way. Yoshida has a lot of nigiri. Good quality too!

                                1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                  i hear yoshida occassionally serves live sea urchin (uni). they grab them out of the tank, pop a hole and plate the sucker and give you a spoon. now that is fresh!!

                                  can anyone confirm this?

                                  1. re: wilafur

                                    Yes, they do. Tues- Sat, barring a rain storm, Yoshi has them and will crack open the thing in front of you, and plate the softest, sweetest uni you have ever tasted. But they get eaten quickly, and he has only a limited supply.

                                    1. re: Cecilbee

                                      They also charge you an arm and a leg for them ...

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        I think it's $10-13. And he doesn't charge per uni. If he cracks one open and it doesn't yield much roe, he opens another so that you have a really good size portion each time.

                                    2. re: wilafur

                                      You can also get live uni at Kiyosuzu in Arcadia. Costs around $10 for the whole thing.

                                2. There's a Japanese restaurant on Valley, across the Hilton, next to Tea Station--good sushi. It's not one of those Americanize Japanese places. Even my picky Taiwanese uncle liked the food there, so it' somthing worth trying. Sorry..can't think of it's name right now.

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                                  1. re: foodie_girl

                                    I believe the place you are referring to is TO TEN KO.

                                    Ton Ten Ko Japanese Restaurant
                                    162 W. Valley Blvd

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      I disagree. The service was slow. The rice was tasteless, cold, and disproportionate to the amount of fish in the sushi. For me, sushi rice makes or breaks the sushi.

                                      1. re: okk

                                        Wow! I'm really surprise that you had such an experience. Everytime I have gone with my family, they do a great job and the amount of fish is just right. Do you have another recommendation? I would be interested in comparing and seeing what you consider a good place.

                                        1. re: foodie_girl

                                          i like yoshida's. I don't know about rolls, but their nigiri sushi is really good.

                                  2. I man I can't think of the name of it. It is on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. It is in the shopping center that has the mexican restaurant, there is also a tea room in the center. In the back on Green Street is Maison Akiro. Anyway Japanese Husband and wife own it. He is usually behind the bar, there is 1 other sushi chef. Small place, very traditional, reminds of the sushi in Kyoto. Sit at the bar and talk to the husband. Once you start talking to him, he really opens up and brings out the special stuff.

                                    1. Yoshida is quite a popular place. I think their sushi is good but their service is only so-so. Someone else mentioned Futami in Monrovia-I went there recently and I don't think I'll be going there again. They serve mostly rolls and I've had better rolls at other places for much cheaper. Gin Sushi on Colorado is a fun place to go. Their sushi probably not as fresh as Yoshida but it's decent and the sushi chefs are super nice.

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                                      1. re: crystaw


                                        Futami in Monrovia closed several months ago. They were fabulous and are sorely missed! If you were there just recently, you were at their replacement (can't remember the new name right now).

                                        The place in Pasadena mentioned above is called Sachi Sushi and is very good. We usually have dinner there before seeing a show at the Pasadena Playhouse.

                                        1. re: Michelle

                                          Yeah you're right-I went to the place that replaced Futami. Someone I had lunch with knew the owners of Futami and said that they had good food but they have now moved back to Japan

                                      2. I really like Gin Sushi, too bad the waitress sucks. Bad service, I will never go back...anyone else experience this?

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                                        1. Interesting-I've heard some people complain about the service at Gin Sushi but I guess I've been lucky because I haven't had a bad experience yet. I actually didn't have a good experience at Mako Sushi though. The food was fine, but the sushi chef started yelling at the waitresses in front of everyone and it was pretty uncomfortable. I haven't been back since then

                                          1. I think Tai-Hei in Monterey Park is very good. I had a really good sushi dinner here on Tuesday.

                                            1. Here's one not to go to...A'Float Sushi in Old Town Pasadena. I remember we went last year and the rolls were okaaay, but this year was worse. My bf chose the place because of the floating boats which he really thinks is fun, I was anxious to try one of the places rec. on chowhound. Next time I will pick =)

                                              We sat at the bar, many empty boats which they were slow to refill. The plates of sushi were sitting on the top just waiting...since we were at the end once the boats floated around the food was either cold or gone. We did ask the sushi chef to make us some items but he always pretended not to hear us and only sounded friendly when he was flirting with the waitress. I'm glad I didn't order take out from them either, instead of making fresh rolls, the sushi chef grabs the plates that have been sailing around forever and puts them in a box.

                                              I'm just glad we were able to have fun despite the food. On our next sushi trip I hope chowhound doesn't steer me wrong. Also, I find it funny that most of the chefs/waitresses are Chinese in there...I might as well have eaten dim sum.

                                              1. Did I mention the bill was was $85 for 2 people, cold rolls, and small portions?! BTW, I was still hungy when we left.

                                                *waves fists* and thinks of all the other goodies I could have eaten elsewhere!