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ISO Best SUSHI IN GREATER SAN DIEGO

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THE GREAT SUSHI/JAPANESE RESTAURANT HUNT

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Please list favorite haunts, locations and best dishes!

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  1. Sushi Oto on Mission Bay Drive!

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    1. re: pbhomey

      i have been to Ota and agree - it is hands down the best - but i want to find out new places.

      1. re: alex

        I have been to Ota many times. If Ota does not prepare your meal then you might as well buy a bento box at Mitsuwa. I will refrain from commenting on price vs. quality.

        Now, if you want to experience traditional quality sushi, prepared by an engaging chef, for a very fare price, then you must try Sammy Sushi.

        If you want a special item of items just call ahead and he will deliver!

        Recently, I visited three popular sushi bars (Sammy’s included, see my post about two months ago) and I discovered Sammy.

        I am very picky! I need the chef to be able to discuss with me the day’s best items. I demand a fair price. When I find myself in the mood for Sushi I go to see Sammy-san.

        Now, if you want great kitchen items then Izakaya Sakura is the place. Wow! I have frequented Tajima, Osaka Kitchen etc., but nothing compares to Sakura for the kitchen items.

        Summary. Ota is nice but Sammy can do it too. For great Izakaya only one place…Sakura

        1. re: rsb

          well, you convinced me with that post...thanks for your time in answering

    2. There are many good sushi places around...

      Sushi Ota in PB (excellent...make reservations or prepare to wait)
      Edo Sushi in UTC (good prices for good sushi)
      Izakaya Sakura off Convoy Ave (no signage above the door)
      Sushi on the Rock in La Jolla (more trendy, fusion sushi)
      Sammy Sushi (see ed's post below)
      there is a sushi place in Encinitas that got several good reviews of which the name escapes me. go back 1-2 months and look for posts by Pablo.

      I think someone did a comparison of 3 sushi places in the past month on the board. It was pretty useful in terms of rating the chef, presentation and food.

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      1. re: daantaat

        Izakaya Sakura is at 3904 Convoy #121. That is the Original Pancake House stripmall. There is no signage anywhere. It looks like you are entering the Army recruiters. A friendly tip: if the person inside recommends you try Iraq instead of the nigiri, you are in the wrong place!

        Kazu is the name of the chef. Sushi, sashimi, and cooked dishes are all excellent there. I recommend showing up early before they get busy and finding out what Kazu recommends. Or sit and watch and ask about interesting things be served to others. While you will mostly hear Japanese being spoken, Kazu and the waitstaff do speak English. Do not order California rolls (or other American style rolled sushi) - they would probably ask you to leave.

        ed

        1. re: e.d.

          what are some of the best dishes you recommend/ have tried at sakura?

          will a japanophile white boy feel out of place there? ;)

          is it just me or is japanese the most heavenly of cuisines on the face of the planet

          1. re: alex

            I'm an old white guy, and have always been made to feel welcome. If you show appreciation for the culture and cuisine, you will enjoy.

            I have posted about Sakura many times, though I'm not sure that the Google search would find most of the reviews which were some time ago. I try not to bore people by saying the same things.

            But I have always liked the fish there. I always ask what is seasonal or special that evening. But I always enjoy the Spanish mackerel, toro, uni, suzuki,etc etc. But the cooked dishes are also good.

            1. re: e.d.

              thanks for the tips

            2. re: alex

              "is it just me or is japanese the most heavenly of cuisines on the face of the planet"

              It's just you.

              I'd put French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese in line ahead of it.

              1. re: alex

                "is it just me or is japanese the most heavenly of cuisines on the face of the planet"

                It's just you.

                I'd put French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese in line ahead of it.

                1. re: ClaudeBalls

                  if you like to hide your food in sauces...french is for you.

                  i have taken italian for granted because of a roman grandmother.

                  and i'd have to agree with the last three on your list. although japanese still tops them.
                  turkish doener kebap and lebanese schwaerma rule.
                  and you cant get a better meal than a good thali at an indian joint...with the raita naturally

              2. re: e.d.

                I agree... I really enjoy the japanese food at Sakura and have found nothing like it in San Diego. I kind of like that there's no signage.....

            3. Sushi Bar Kazumi in Hillcrest (5th between Washington and University) has been consistently outstanding for more than 20 years. Actually, Kazumi has been the consistent one, the location has changed several times. We usually let him make whatever he wants for us and have always been delighted. I have enjoyed it more than Ota and as much as Sakura which is also outstanding.

              1. I have been to Ota many times. If Ota does not prepare your meal then you might as well buy a bento box at Mitsuwa. I will refrain from commenting on price vs. quality.

                Now, if you want to experience traditional quality sushi, prepared by an engaging chef, for a very fare price, then you must try Sammy Sushi.

                If you want a special item of items just call ahead and he will deliver!

                Recently, I visited three popular sushi bars (Sammy’s included, see my post about two months ago) and I discovered Sammy.

                I am very picky! I need the chef to be able to discuss with me the day’s best items. I demand a fair price. When I find myself in the mood for Sushi I go to see Sammy-san.

                Now, if you want great kitchen items then Izakaya Sakura is the place. Wow! I have frequented Tajima, Osaka Kitchen etc., but nothing compares to Sakura for the kitchen items.

                Summary. Ota is nice but Sammy can do it too. For great Izakaya only one place…Sakura

                1. I like Shirahama on Convoy St.

                  I had some toro there that had marbling like a piece of prime beef.

                  Sammy Sushi is also good.