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Jun 15, 2012 06:25 AM

Quality Traditional Japanese Sushi in Hampton Roads

I hope this new Chowhound will get a tip or two from fellow Hounds not interested in nouveau sushi, or anything with mayonnaise, cream cheese, sriracha, etc., just the finest fish etc. and rice assembled with traditional care.
I've experienced the work of many sushi chefs in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, and Chesapeake since the introduction of sushi to our area. None have ever equaled Yama, first of Tokyo Inn in Va. Beach, then of Sushi Yama in Newport News, now retired. Ebi of Kyushu is my current favorite.
I recently visited Urban Spoon's highest rated area sushi restaurant, and thus solidified my opinion that most in this area have no clue what great traditional sushi is, or simply prefer something else called sushi.
Please do not mention chefs and restaurants that do not make their own traditional tamago.
But if you know the exquisite feeling and flavor of a carefully selected and sliced slab of tuna belly atop perfectly cooked and flavored rice, please let all of us know who made it and where you found it.

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  1. Mizuno in virginia beach-upscale feel but very very fresh perfect cut of tuna. they do serve something called new style pieces that are accompanied by a sauce suited for each piecs but they also serve traditional pieces. sit at the bar and talk to the chef so you can be specific about what you want

    Inaka sushi on princess anne rd- never been but my sister frequented before she moved away and she swears its the best

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    1. re: Strayvb

      Thanks, Strayvb. I agree Mizuno had superior traditional sushi. I went there more than once a few years ago. I'll take a look at Inaka.

    2. I like Daikichi in Chesapeake
      1400 Battlefield Blvd N
      Chesapeake, VA 23320
      Website Daikichi Sushi

      Also best Japanese food in the area.