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Old 08-09-07, 06:03 PM
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Sushi in Irvine Area

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Are there any decent Sushi places that are not expensive in Irvine or close by?

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Is there sushi in Irvine? Does Santa Claus live at the North Pole?
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Does Santa Claus live at the North Pole?
Does the pope wear a funny hat?
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Isn't Irvine famous for their TGIF's and Chili's? :::ducking:::

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My Fav:
Wafu of Japan: 320 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 641-7321

My Fav-Buffet:
Hokkaido Restaurant (buffet w/ some sushi): 4200 Scott Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 851-5888

Okay to try:
I Love Sushi: 2340 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 540-6195


Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke.




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Are there any dissent Sushi places that are not expensive in Irvine or close by?
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Old 08-09-07, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by YoungGun View Post
My Fav:
Wafu of Japan: 320 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 641-7321

My Fav-Buffet:
Hokkaido Restaurant (buffet w/ some sushi): 4200 Scott Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 851-5888

Okay to try:
I Love Sushi: 2340 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 540-6195


Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke.
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All that and not even one recommendation.
Originally Posted by VelodromePhoeni View Post
What is a "dissent sushi place"? Do they serve political discussion with the wasabi?

Or perhaps this is a "bug/torture free" zone where you can express your opposition to the war in Irag/Iran/Pakistan/Afghanistan/et cetera, without fear of being beaten up by the CIA, or being attacked by a large dog, or sexually humiliated while you eat your ikura with quail egg?

Or is it just a place where they serve all the tuna that isn't dolphin-safe?

enquiring minds want to know.

However, if this is merely a spelling typo, and you admit that you meant "decent" and not "dissent," your post will be used as a signed confession by the Grammar Police and you will be sent to a political concentration camp -- or maybe back to school.

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I haven't read the other Posts, so sorry if some has already mentioned Taiko's, it's on Jeffrey in Irvine, everyone will tell you it's the best Sushi around and I agree, it's not spendy but VERY busy...which is always a good sign but there's always a long wait at prime times....

I found this https://www.chowhound.com/topics/58909 you might find it interesting...seems everyone compares other Restaurants to Taiko....
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Straying a little further north, my friend in Torrance raves about Sen Nari in Gardena.

And if you're ever in the SFV, we have don't have much, but we do have great sushi.
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Taiko on Jeffrey and Walnut, right off of the 5.
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Originally Posted by YoungGun View Post
Okay to try:
I Love Sushi: 2340 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 540-6195

I've been there a couple of times. It is a Korean joint and they serve Korean sushi.....very similar to Japanese. Peripheral items are mostly Korean. Nice place.
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Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke. Just because they use Japanese people doesn't make it Japanese... you'll hardly see any japanese people go there... or even recommend that place.

So far the only Japanese sushi place my Japanese friend has approved to be decent are the following:

Wafu of Japan & this little place in Chino Hills (corner of Chino Hills Pkwy & Grand - shopping center of Stater Bros.)
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there's an excellent sushi place in Costa Mesa called "Angote" or something like that, in a small strip mall adjacent to Mitsuwa plaza.
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Originally Posted by YoungGun View Post
Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke. Just because they use Japanese people doesn't make it Japanese... you'll hardly see any japanese people go there... or even recommend that place.

So far the only Japanese sushi place my Japanese friend has approved to be decent are the following:

Wafu of Japan & this little place in Chino Hills (corner of Chino Hills Pkwy & Grand - shopping center of Stater Bros.)
Unless of course you like it there, then feel free to go.
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Originally Posted by YoungGun View Post
Just because they use Japanese people doesn't make it Japanese... you'll hardly see any japanese people go there... or even recommend that place.
I've been to a few good Japanese restaurants that employ chefs other than Japanese or places not even owned and operated by a Japanese. Just saying...

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Originally Posted by YoungGun
Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke.
Originally Posted by Jaguar27 View Post
if some has already mentioned Taiko's, it's on Jeffrey in Irvine, everyone will tell you it's the best Sushi around
Originally Posted by Voltman
Taiko on Jeffrey and Walnut

hmmmm....
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One of a local favorites is Tommy's Sushi in Tustin. It looks like a hole in the wall (actually it is a hole in the wall!) but any given night the sushi bar is packed.

I don't do the bar, not my scene; I like to sit in the dining room and order dinner. Great Japanese food and modestly priced. I usually get an order of California Roll, the Sukiyaki dinner (comes with salad and miso soup) and an iced tea and the total is $12. Can't beat that!!!

Tommy's is in a shopping center, next to a Thai resturant, located on the corner of Main and Newport Blvd. in Tustin. Like I said it's a hole in the wall, you may have to search for it, but worth it.

I'm Japanese (ok 1/2) ... I should know!
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Originally Posted by BCIpam View Post
I'm Japanese (ok 1/2) ... I should know!
Pam, I had no idea you were a happa. You sure could have fooled me as I can usually spot them right away. I look latino and sushi chefs freak out when I start rambling in Japanese.
Anyway, hole-in-a-wall joints usually have the best food, usually run by old timers...

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Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
Isn't Irvine famous for their TGIF's and Chili's? :::ducking:::

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That is a good point.

Interesting that LA/Westside has about 3 chain restaurant locations of the TGIF/Chillis/Applebees variety in the whole area (I actually only know of 1 TGIF in torrance, I can't think of others, though they must exist), yet I can come up with 7-8 great sushi places in the same area without even trying.
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Originally Posted by YoungGun View Post
Do NOT go to "TAIKO RESTAURANT" in Irvine... over-rated.. over-priced.. and fake japanese food. bunch of people with serious mental problems waiting in line at 3pm before the restaurant opens for dinner.. what a joke. Just because they use Japanese people doesn't make it Japanese... you'll hardly see any japanese people go there... or even recommend that place.

So far the only Japanese sushi place my Japanese friend has approved to be decent are the following:

Wafu of Japan & this little place in Chino Hills (corner of Chino Hills Pkwy & Grand - shopping center of Stater Bros.)
And I always thought the Fish at Taiko was real!!

I'll be sure to stay away from there in future, People waiting for hours to get in, even those with serious mental problems, is always a sure sign the Food is crap, thanks for the warning !!
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So last night while I was at Costco this thread popped into my mind as I passed by the isle where they sold platters of machine made roll sushi for dirt cheap. So I picked up the 40 piece, $11.99 plattter and had some of that for dinner last night. Like cheap pizza, this isn't bad if you're really hungry and is a good compliment with beer......but I would never serve this crap to a relative visiting from Japan....
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Well all I can say about Tommy's is the Sushi chefs are definitely Japanese as is the staff and ownership and alot of the clientele but I bet the cooks in the kitchen are Mexican. Don't matter to me - food is still good!

And Roadfix - last name is MATSUFUJI - can't get more Buddhahead than that! Unfortunately Mom was German and American Indian so I look Indian or Mexican, anything but Japanese!
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Rose & I like Gen Kai on Jeffery at Irvine Center Drive. They have another restaurant in CDM that is also very good but packed with the NB crowd (that doesn't make it bad...just harder to get a seat at the sushi bar). Another very good one is WASA (Jamboree at Bison or the Irvine Marketplace). Very fresh fish...and I once saw Tiger Woods there!
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Dang! I was hoping Angote wouldn't be mentioned. Not because it isn't good, but because it is great and it is a tiny little place. I already have a long enough wait time as it is...

Gen Kai is also pretty good, however I always end up angry when I go because the chef's tend to spend more time talking to the regulars then serving me - my fault for not being a regular I guess. It's a good place, but nothing spectacular.

There is another place in the Gelson's shopping center on the corner of Jeffrey and Alton. It too is ok, but many of the local, irregular sushi eaters like it. I can walk to it in about one minute but never go there. It isn't bad, just too american for me, if you know what I mean.

I agree with Pam, Tommy's is a great little hole in the wall.

I love Sushi is a good place to go if you are just learning to eat Sushi, lot'sa rolls and stuff. Some of the Sushi is is pretty bad though.

I only went to Taiko's once and that was probably due to equal parts frustration of the wait, and disappointment with the fish. It was far over rated in my opinion. It wasn't bad though...

These are the only places that come to mind in the area. I've walked out of more places then I have tried - be wary of the bad places. If you're willing to drive to La Habra, there is a little hole in the wall that I can recommend.
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