i was visiting family in san diego this weekend and my fiance and i felt like sushi. chowhound has been crashing our computer lately, so i took a chance and used yelp instead. the recs for kiyo's were pretty solid.
1st impression - very low key, minimal/tacky decor, but we were there for the food. we ordered omakase, and it was ALL nigiri - poorly cut, smeared with wasabi, and basically boring. there were some unusual choices like grouper and seabass. kiyo did ask us if we wanted less rice, and we said yes but there was no change in the portion size. perhaps we should have asked for no rice? my fiance did ask for uni and unagi when it became clear that there was not going to be any sort of variety and it was still the same price for both of us.
did we do something wrong? we are from los angeles and are used to eating at places like sushi ike, sushi zo, sasabune, etc. i always thought omakase is supposed to be the best representative of a chef's abilities and what is fresh that day. there was a very large party in back so the chef was quite busy, but we would have gladly waited for slower pacing and more interesting dishes. i had high hopes and was extremely disappointed.