Perhaps, long ago, in a land far away, there was a time and place where you could drive a block and not see a sushi restaurant. What a cold, barren, ludicrous place that must have been. I knew that sushi had completely taken over when I saw them popping up in Fresno. Once you’ve penetrated the heartland of California, you know you’ve arrived. So, since there are so many sushi restaurants in the are, I thought it wise to separate out a few as standouts or flops. Feel free to pitch in your own reco’s as well:
1730 S St, Sacramento
Food *** Ambience*** Service****
I usually hit Taka for lunch, so I don’t normally have the dinner fare there, but the fish is always wonderful and the service is on top of things. The only odd thing is that the head sushi chef resembles 49’s fullback Tom Rathman. I’m not sure if this is offputting or if it adds to the charm. Is this a factor of globalization, or are we still too narrow minded to not trust sushi from a guy named “Buck?”
2224 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento
Food**** Ambience** Service****
Fro’s is pretty much my “local,” so I’ll say I’m a little biased. Nevertheless, I love their food. The bbq’d albacore is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten and the nigiri is always presented beautifully. Recent discovery was the pepperfin, nummy. Service is usually perky and buxom but the bar noise is close to deafening. Great for people watching if you like to watch rich old guys trying to impress young Asian girls.
1201 R St, Sacramento
Food* Ambience* Service**
Hitomi is wedged between industrial R St and the Light Rail tracks. The oly time I’ve ever gone, I was give some hamachi that had “turned,” and the interior is reminiscent of the Hanoi Hilton.
7330 Fair Oaks Blvd Ste 10 Carmichael
Food**** Ambience*** Service***
Tonari reminds me more of a corner bar than a sushi joint. It appears to be an owner operated business, the sushi chef standing at his bar, his daughter tending the tables. On my last visit, the Kings were on the TV and the owner was cursing them in Japanese every time they turned the ball over. Who knew I’d get dinner and a show? It’s a cozy, welcoming little place with great food and friendly folks.
1724 Broadway. Sacramento
Food** Ambience** Service**
Serviceable. Try something simple like sashimi or nigiri or noodle bowls. I haven’t talked to anyone who liked any of their rolls.
2791 E. Bidwell St. #700, Folsom
Food*** Ambience*** Service***
The place smells a little fishy, which is always a bad sign, but the food tasted good and the service was attentive. The interior reminds me of an upscale bar. If you don’t live in Folsom, it’s probaly not worth the drive.
12251 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova
Food**** Service** Ambience***
The roll selection is wide and varied and the appetizers are fairly unique. Lots of flatscreens and good looking servers (men and women). I think the owners are working hard to overcome the fact that they’re located in the parking lot of a Days Inn. Add to that the obvious problems they must have by using what can only be a licensed cartoon samurai character as their mascot and you have to be impressed with what they’ve done with the joint.
Sakurabana Japanese Restaurant
1907 Capitol Ave Sacramento
Food** Service** Ambience**
I was not impressed with my one visit to Sakurabana. The droning Japanes music that sounded like it was being played on some kind of banjo/trashcan lid hybrid was deafening and the ambience overall was a little sketchy. Also, are waitress kept getting our orders wrong and then charging us for them. Not recommended.
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