It’s been a while since we took on the topic of sushi here on the ‘rag.Â Our first round of reviews garnered more than their share of comments, and one particular standout was highlighted for its complete inadequacy.Â Much like the oceans from where we find our tasty swimming friends, the tides of sushi consumption are changing.Â Here’s your update:
When I think “sushi,” I think about aÂ storefront wedged between a Hawaiian BBQ joint and a UPS store.Â Â Apparently,Â soÂ do the ownersÂ of Sushi Ya.Â Located on the rather non-tranquil El Camino Ave, Sushi Ya does what it can to rise above its location in a non-descript strip mall by offering truly fine sushi.Â Don’t get me wrong, this is not some Japanese oasis in the middle of a Wal Mart parking lot (literally, it’s in a Wal Mart parking lot) but rather a casual environment with better than average sushi.Â Sushi chef/owner “Sam” does a brisk local business of regulars and curious pop-ins, greeting all comers with an infectious smile and moderately unintelligible string of comments that forces one to nod and smile a lot.Â Go for the sushi, not the atmosphere.
Sushi Ya-3308 El Camino Ave, Sacramento
Food*** Atmosphere* Service***
Taro’s by Mikuni
Having a restaurant location in the middle of a mall might be a turnoff to some diners.Â Some of those diners mightÂ be me.Â I’m not always willing to fight crowds, parking congestion and high teeny-bopper concentrations, but some of the more creative rolls at Taro’s almost make the trip worth it.Â The salads are inventive and refreshing, the modified nigiri are fun dishes that feature simplicity and flavor over sauces and “crunchies,” and some of the rolls are inventive and delicious.Â The real standout is the “Ceviche Roll,” a take on the classic Latin American dishÂ with Japanese flair.Â It’s wonderfully delicious, with fresh, clean and surprising flavors.
Taro’s- 1735 Arden Way, Sacramento (Arden Fair Mall, Market Square)
Food*** Atmosphere ** Service ***
I could spend about a page an a half trying to give you the lineage of Zen Sushi, how it used to be Zen Toro, but was taken over by Taka’s which itself no longer involved Taka, but was a buyout, and how Taka is trying to open a new location, etc. etc.Â The whole thing makes the succession of Hapsburg monarchs to the Austro-Hungarian throne seem linear and well-ordered.Â Let me just say this, Zen Sushi is not Zen Toro.Â It lacks the somewhat subdued atmosphere, the unique recipes and the exceedingly long wait times.Â Basically, the food is pretty much the same as it was over at Taka’s last year (see Taka’s), so there are no real surprises.Â Zen Toro, we hardly knew ye.
Zen Sushi-900 15th St, Sacramento
Food*** Atmosphere*** Service****
I’ll let my friend Garrett give you the lowdown on this place for all you folks that live in Davis.
Moshi Moshi- 2120 Cowell Blvd, Ste 143, Davis, CA
Wonderful sushi, mildly overpriced, but usually worth it.Â Miyagi is located in Lyon Village on Munroe and Fair Oaks, so be warned that if you show up around happy hour, you’ll be inundated with realtors getting off work.
Miyagi-2580 Fair Oaks Blvd, #26, Sacramento
Food**** Atmosphere*** Service****
Elegant, serene, absolutely delicious, unyielding in quality, mildly hermaphroditic waitstaff.Â Kru is what you’ve been looking for.
Kru-2516 J St, Sacramento
Food**** Atmosphere**** Service****