When I can afford it, I am always interested in eating sushi, so on KirkK's recommendation on the board here, I decided to try Katzra, which is on Convoy next to the Convoy Tofu House. I'm glad I did.
While parking (on a Wednesday night?) was hard to find, once I got into the small sushi bar I was pleased that I had come. Being a newcomer, I unfortunately sat where I could not read the menu which is posted on the wall behind the bar; there is no paper menu. But after getting up and looking for a while, I didn't notice many (if any) non-sushi entrees. Although popular rolled sushi was available, most of the sushi offered was nigiri--I saw no sushi combinations, sashimi combinations, or chirashis. So I decided to put myself in the hands of the chef, letting him serve me whatever was interesting. And he did a good job, presenting me with bonito (good), maguro (extremely good), hamachi (good), saba (excellent), mirugai (very good and well prepared), tako (cut very thick and therefore a little too chewy for my taste), and a very nice hamachi and green onion roll. I also had the fine miso soup and a really great seaweed salad made with three different types (and colors) of seaweed. When I ordered the seaweed salad, I had been expecting the standard julienned green slivers of seaweed that I've had elsewhere, so this salad was a real treat. For dessert, I had a hotatagai hand roll, which the chef suggested making spicy. It was also good.
Overall, I was pleased with Katzra. In particular, the chef was very friendly and inviting. Considering I was a newcomer, I was made to feel welcome and treated very well. None of the sushi was poor in quality and the prices were fair (the meal with non-alcoholic beverages running $37). One of the other customers actually came over to me as he was leaving and told me that he'd been coming there for over 10 years and it was his favorite sushi bar in all of San Diego. And it did remind me of my favorite neighborhood sushi bar back when I lived in Monterey. I do wish that they had had more exotic sushi, as they were out of uni and ama ebi and had nothing truly unusual. If I were trying to impress a serious sushi lover, I would still prefer Sakura 1, even though that place is not especially friendly to us gaijin, but Katzra certainly offers good fish and a very pleasant sushi experience.
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