HOME > Chowhound > California >
May 15, 2006 07:32 PM

BEST sushi in San Diego

  • t

someone told me about a great sushi place almpst close to the border. not sure what the name is and i heard the chef is intimidating. heard their pickled eggplant sushi is good too.. know of this place?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Sounds like Kaga-Sushi

    1216 3rd Avenue
    Chula Vista, CA 91911

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    2 Replies
    1. re: KirkK

      yes! i think that's it.. is it really good?

      1. re: tasty

        I've never been there, but have heard mixed reviews. Funny thing, even my "Nihon" friends are kind of afraid of the Itamae. If you have some friends who are fluent in Japanese you can give it a try and report on the place.

    2. i've never been to sakura before and wanted to know what kind of wait i should expect on a friday or saturday night. help is appreciated.

      6 Replies
      1. re: daimyo

        Shouldn't be a wait for seating. That's one of the advantages of him having no outside signs. But some Friday/Saturday evenings, he is too busy to personally supervise your entire meal.

        Just remember, Kazu at Sakura does not do California rolls or basically any Americanized sushi.


        1. re: Ed Dibble

          How long has Izakaya Sakura been there?

          1. re: kare_raisu

            Around 8 years. I believe I first went there during the winter of 2000/2001 - though it may be a little later as the search feature here brings up none of my posts about the place before 2002 - when he still had some outside signage.


            1. re: Ed Dibble

              Have you been able to find out about his professional work before Sakura? I would be interested to know what type of restaurants he worked at before. All I know is that he is originally from Nagaskai - I wonder if the Buta Kakuni Recipe is his?

              1. re: kare_raisu

                Weird that you should ask because on my last visit he mentioned that he had worked at/been a partner at a sushi bar in PB. But he offered no other details. I have once met folks who knew him from a previous location, but didn't take the time to find out more.


          2. re: Ed Dibble

            sounds good. thanks for the info. sushi ota can never be a spur of the moment thing unless you want to brave the long wait. sounds like sakura would be alright for those instances.

        2. Hiro -san , the sushi chef at sushi koyo in Los Angeles knows the chef in Kaga-sushi. he says he most likely won't serve you unless you speak japanese.


          sakura rarely has a wait =) the only wait is for the food =P