Restaurant of the Moment: Todo’s Sushi

9823 Carroll Canyon Rd #K

San Diego, CA 92131

www.todosushisd.com

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Nestled in a small shopping center on the edge of Scripps Ranch, Todo’s Sushi is one of the area’s best kept secrets! A true hole-in-the-wall sushi joint, Todo’s is a local favorite that turns out consistently delicious sushi.

Open for both lunch and dinner, Todo’s is known for their amazing rolls! We recommend bringing a few friends so you can sample several different rolls. Our favorites are the Shrimp Tempura Crunch Roll, Spider Roll, Langostino Crunch Roll, Star Wars Roll, Sensual Pleasure Roll, and Sweet Hawaiian Roll. If you sit at the bar, you’ll get the opportunity to sample even more delicious food as the chefs will make sure your plate is never empty!

Todo’s also serves Japanese favorites like gyoza, yakitori, teriyaki, miso soup, and udon. For dessert, try the green tea tempura ice cream – you won’t be disappointed.

One of the best things about Todo’s Sushi (besides the awesome food) is the discounts. Many of the rolls come with dine-in discounts of 50% off. And if you’re picking up takeout, a 40% discount still applies to many of the rolls! Not only does Todo’s have some of the best sushi in the Scripps Ranch area, it’s also affordable!

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Restaurant of The Moment: Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

2958 Madison St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

www.blueoceanrobatasushi.com

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar in Carlsbad Village, you are in for a real treat. Not only is the menu phenomenal, but the ambiance is impressive with its cutting-edge design.

We highly recommend starting off the meal with the garlic edamame. This edamame is not your average edamame, they work their magic with the wok to make it highly enjoyable. Our favorite roll is the Tsunami. Tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, krab, and gobo make up it’s insides, and it is topped with seared tuna, garlic mustard, and chili drop. This roll is so flavorful that each bite tastes like a different menu item. Lastly, don’t forget to order some sake to go along with the meal. We love the Izumo Fuji Junmai which has an underlying sweetness and goes well with many foods!

Restaurant of the Moment: Nozomi Sushi

Nozomi Sushi

4637 Convoy St #104, San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: (858) 569-7773

San Diego has a variety of  restaurants that serve delicious Sushi and Sashimi cuisines. Nozomi Sushi is located in a small plaza on the Convoy strip in La Jolla. This restaurant offers great service, a comfortable Japanese-themed atmosphere, and of course delicious and fresh Sushi. Upon request you can receive hot tea in substitute for iced water and the restaurant also offers other Japanese cuisines such as Katsu or Udon, however Nozomi Sushi’s focus and specialty lies in their sushi recipes.

The restaurant offers many sushi classics such as the Dragon Roll, Tempura Crunch Roll, and Tuna Roll which are all prepared and served by sushi chefs at the bar. Other than the classic rolls, the restaurant also offers their own unique and themed rolls such as Yellow Storm Roll, Bill Gates Roll, and Convoy Roll created by their own sushi chefs. Aside from the excellent taste and freshness of the rolls, their size is huge and very filling. This restaurant is perfect for casual outings with family and/or friends who are trying to enjoy delicious meal without going over budget!

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Restaurant of the Moment: Sushi Kuchi

Sushi Kuchi

4475 Mission Blvd., Suite C

Pacific Beach, CA 92109

858.270.1986

Dragon Roll
Dragon Roll

If there’s one thing Pacific Beach isn’t short on, it’s sushi joints. While they may be a dime a dozen, they’re certainly not all created equal.

Sushi Kuchi is definitely on the casual and more affordable side. It’s often loud inside due to their 99-cent Sake Bombs (every night, 7pm-close) and the fact that a birthday celebration calls for the use of a strobe light. But let’s be honest: if you’re dining in PB, ambiance probably isn’t very high on your list.

Yes, there's fire on that plate
Yes, there’s fire on that plate

What is high on that list? A fun time, great flavor, and good value.

Sushi Kuchi serves huge rolls, stuffed to overflowing, and artfully arranged. We sat at the bar when we went and as it turns out, if you buy the sushi makers a sake bomb or two, they’re more than happy to whip you some samples of this or that. We ordered three rolls and ended up sampling about three more with dessert.

Angel Roll
Angel Roll

We tried the Dragon Roll, Angel Roll, and the Homeless roll, which were all amazing. For two hungry people, it was more than enough food. Between that, the drinks, and all the freebies we got, we were both plenty stuffed when we left. Plus, they give you an edamame appetizer.

Word to the wise: if you have conditions that are aggravated by flashing lights, skip Sushi Kuchi.

An example of the beautiful plating
An example of the beautiful plating

Restaurant of the Moment: Hane Sushi

Hane Sushi

Bankers Hill

2760 5th Ave.

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 260-1411

Want the best sushi this side of Japan? Then you absolutely must try Hane Sushi. Located in beautiful Banker’s Hill, this tiny shop truly has the most extraordinary sushi in San Diego. Often busy and perhaps a little pricier than some of San Diego’s other sushi joints, Hane manages to outshine the rest for Best in Show. Boasting an impressive 4.5 star average on Yelp, out of more than 400 reviews, read on for Neal Akin’s (a CPP agent) take.

“Can you say Miso Glazed Sea bass??? This little appetizer was PHENOMENAL, 5 stars for sure!! The delicate edges of the fish were seared golden brown, and the flesh was a brilliant white. The meat was cooked to flaky perfection, not too soft nor too hard. Each layer was juicy, tender and the flavor was oh so savory with a contradictory hint of sweetness! I could have ordered 3 more and been totally satisfied with just that as my dinner. Fortunate for me, I had a delectable assortment of nigiri on the way!

To the Nigiri….

Amaebi – Live sweet shrimp, served with the heads deep fried on the side. The flesh of the shrimp was wonderful, very slightly cloudy, almost transparent, a sure sign of its freshness. The crunch and sweetness of the fresh shrimp really stood out and exemplified what this should be. The heads, traditionally deep fried were prepared to perfection and the delicious complex flavor of the shrimp head was able to shine. The sauce that the heads are served on was rather tasty with a little tang, a really nice touch.

Uni – Ohh delicious little vibrantly yellow pillows of buttery sea urchin goodness! This Uni is actually locally farmed and is as good as I have ever experienced. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you may actually like it! Just don’t tell your wallet cause it will hate you!

Mirugai – Also known as Geoduck or Giant Clam. If you don’t know what it is, google it and you will either laugh or be grossed out, either way it will be fun. I really like mirugai, unfortunately it was not the best I had ever had, but it was good.

Hamache Belly and Sake Belly- Yellow tail belly and Salmon belly – the cuts were really good, the flavor was perfect, simply damn good nigiri.

Tamago – Egg Omelet, sounds weird but really good. The preparation and the consistency of this tamago was really nice, they really take pride in their tamago, and actually stamp each piece that comes out to the table with their logo! The flavor was not quite there for me, as I like my tamago a little sweeter, but it was still nice. ”

Whether you’re a sushi aficionado or just really dig it, give Hane a try. Open for lunch and dinner, the fish is always the freshest of the fresh.