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Angel Fish Sushi, Alameda

jen maiser | Feb 12, 2003 06:31 PM

Ever since we met, J has been telling me about a great sushi place in Alameda. When we finally went to Angel Fish this past weekend, I am happy to report that it lived it up to the hype he had given it.

Angel Fish is located in a outdoor mall area in Alameda. We arrived when they opened at 5, and the entire restaurant was full within about 20 minutes. The sushi bar seats about 8, and there are approximately 4 tables, I believe. The restaurant also does a healthy to go business - customers were in and out picking up orders on a continuous basis.

The fish is fresh and delicious, and all of the dishes seemed to be prepared well. A definite part of the charm of this place is the sushi chef. He was very warm to newcomers, entertaining, and generally made everyone feel at home. This week, I believe, is their 5 year anniversary of being open.

We shared sushi pairs. We mostly chose off of a board on the wall, and just by looking at the fish in the case.

Unagi. I am not usually a huge fan of unagi, as I don't always like the sauce it come with. He ended up preparing this with very little sauce for me, and it was delicious.

Salmon. Not sure about this - we would have to ask Jason, as he ate BOTH while I wasn't looking. :) I wasn't too pleased. He said that it was good.

Aji - Spanish Mackerel. This was my first time tasting this, and it will *definitely* not be my last! It was delicious - prepared with ginger and scallion on top. I am not good at describing why I like sushi, but I would say that this was very fresh tasting, and was not very fishy. I would definitely suggest trying this whenever you see it on the menu.

Striped Sea Bass. Very good.

Hamachi. This was my least favorite. It definitely wasn't bad ... just tasted average. J didn't agree though - he liked it.

Toro. Large pieces of toro with lots of marbling. Just like butter. So delicious.

We also had miso soup, which had a small amount of noodles and some julienned carrot, along with tofu.

A couple of "freebies" that the chef gave us were "cooked fish and vegetables" and fried mackerel parts - bones and tail. The "cooked fish and vegetables" tasted like fish parts that had been cooked and cooked in a ponzu type sauce with unidentified vegetables. The fried mackerel parts were fantastic. The breading or whatever it was cooked in was seasoned and a little bit lemony, I believe. He laughed when we were so excited to eat it ... said that he just thought he wouldn't put it to waste, so he fried it up for us.

This was a great place, and I would return in a second. Cost with everything above (2 orders unagi and 2 orders aji) was $54.

Expect to wait, or arrive when they open, as they do not take reservations.

Angel Fish
at Harbor Bay Landing
883 Island Drive
Alamea, CA
510.759.0460

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