Where is it? I've been to a lot of places that are good, but so far none that are great. And preferably nothing that I have to drive out to pinellas for. In Tampa I've been to-
Cafe Japon (at International Plaza) - Top notch Sashimi, bottom notch service, good rolls.
Samurai Blue (ybor) - Fun, tasty, but expensive and super commercialized.
Joto's (Dale Mabry) - not bad, but nothing special.
Fuji Sushi (South Dale Mabry) - Blah.
Sakana (Gandy near MacDill) - The charred Seabass appetizer is spectacular, the service, rolls, and sashimi selection else are mediocre.
Soho Sushi (Kennedy near Henderson) Good but not so much so that I can't wait to return
Rawbar - (Downtown at Skypoint) That place is miserable. Looks like dracula tried to open a gay bar that serves sub-par overpriced sushi with servers that don't know Uni from Unagi.
Matoi (Dale Mabry just north of Kennedy) - Used to eat there every couple weeks, prices went up, portions went down, and the korean food steeply fell off. Maybe the chef left?
Water (South Macdill) - Very decent but very expensive, mayonnaise on freaking everything, initially very creative (years ago) they used things like curry and other spices on the sushi, but as of late it's back to the fried stuff and mayo. Meh.
Tokyo Sushi (56th and Fowler) - My current favorite, a hole in the wall near a college, so they have very reasonable prices and large portions, and a good selection of sashimi too. Never had a bad meal there. They have a roll called the CD roll, which is nearly the diameter of a compact disk (how aptly named). Also a bunch of fun appetizers, and the regulars have rolls named after them.
311 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
2223 S West Shore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629