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The Big List of Peninsula Sushi, v. 4.0 -- finally

Sushi Monster | Apr 4, 2008 08:50 PM


Dear Chowhound friends,

Two years ago this week, I posted the first journal of my travels through the sushi-ya of the San Francisco Peninsula. Now, it's with bittersweet feelings that I announce that the long journey is over. Version 4.0 of Sushi Monster's Big List went live today at

The list stands at 62 restaurants (up from 44 in v. 3.0). That is every last sushi bar from Millbrae through Mountain View and Cupertino.

This will probably be my definitive last word on Peninsula sushi. In the timeless words of Commander Cody, that's all there is and there ain't no more.

The good, the bad, and the beyond-bad. I ate it all.

Longtime readers will notice some significant enhancements to the site for v. 4.0. There is a Google master map, featuring all 62 sushiya. You can see the map directly by going to

There are also map links at the top of each individual listing. Restaurants' Web sites are linked directly to the listing. You'll also see sidebar articles covering: the hallmarks of a quality sushi-ya; Japanese perspectives on sushi; and sushi customs. Finally, there is a comprehensive glossary and a list of common Japanese phrases that can be helpful in a sushi bar.

In previous editions, I've tried to post the main file to Chowhound directly. I'm sorry to say, at 85 pages that's no longer an option. It's just too large to work as a single post. (Plus, you'd miss all the sidebar articles, etc...)

What I've pasted below is the clip-and-save cheat-sheet. Tape it to your dashboard. Or wherever. The first number is the price of my average solo lunch, including a 20 percent tip. The second number is the price of an average pair of nigiri sushi.

Many thanks to my ace wingman KK and the other Hounds who I met along the way.


David "Sushi Monster" Plotnikoff


1) Sakae, Burlingame. ($108.25/$9.175)
2) Akane, Los Altos. ($52.85/$5.80)
3) Fuki Sushi, Palo Alto. ($63.70/$7.35)
4) Sushi Sam's Edomata, San Mateo. ($82/$8.60)
5) Yuzu, San Mateo. ($68.75/$7.70)
6) Koma, Menlo Park. ($52.65/$7.50)
7) Jin Sho, Palo Alto. ($85.45/$9.50)
8) Tomi, Mountain View. ($63.10/$6.85)
9) Higuma, Redwood City. ($39.90/$5.50)
10) Kitsho, Cupertino. ($65.30/$7.30)
11) Hotaru, San Mateo. ($31.20/$4.70)
12) Naomi, Menlo Park. ($55.10/$7.00)
13) Sushi Kuni, Cupertino. ($51.55/$6.50)

14) Akasaka, Menlo Park. ($37.25/$5.50)
15) Kanpai, Palo Alto. ($55.50/$7.80)
16) Momoya, Mountain View. ($34/$4.90)
17) Masa, Mountain View. ($34.50/$4.40)
18) Sushi Kei, Millbrae. ($60.90/$6.25)
19) Sushi Tei, Mountain View. ($44/$6.30)
20) Bonsai, Atherton. ($37.10/$5.50)
21) Tokie's, Foster City ($60/$6)
22) Sushiko, Los Altos ($30/$4.20)
23) Kisaku, San Mateo ($48/$6)
24) Hanamaru, Sunnyvale ($33.05/$4.70)
25) Sushi Tatsumi, Cupertino ($39.70/$6.60)
26) Sura, Mountain View ($41.65/$6.95)
27) Yoshida, Cupertino ($38.50/$6.40)
28) Jun Sushi, Burlingame ($45/$5)
29) Satsuma, Mountain View ($36.30/$6.05)
30) Sushi Main Street, Half Moon Bay. ($28/$3.75)
31) Yokayama, Redwood City. ($16.50/$3.45)
32) Ocean Garden, Redwood City. ($34/$5)
33) Aji Yoshi Ya, Burlingame ($14.90/$4.95)
34) Miyake, Palo Alto. ($30/$2.90)

35) Aya, San Carlos. ($33/$6.60)
36) Ganko, San Carlos. ($40/$6.60)
37) Sumo, Los Altos. ($28/$4.60)
38) Yakko, Mountain View. ($41.10/$6.85)
39) Joy Sushi, San Mateo. ($16.70/$5.55)
40) Kiku Sushi, Cupertino. ($26/$5.20)
41) Azuma, Cupertino. ($23.25/$4.65)
42) Narita, Belmont. ($29/$4.80)
43) Sushi 85, Mountain View. ($20.25/$2.10)
44) Isobune, Burlingame. ($35/$3)
45) Tokyo Star, Redwood Shores. ($22/$5.50)
46) Tsunami, Mountain View. ($25.60/$6.40)
47) Yamo Yamo, San Mateo. ($21.85/$4.40)
48) Kaigan, San Carlos. ($20/$4)
49) Tomo, Palo Alto (University Ave.). ($17.50/$2.75)
50) Tomo No. 2, Palo Alto (El Camino Way). ($16/$2.75)
51) Seasonal Sushi, Redwood City. ($19.15/$4.80)
52) Suisha House, Redwood City. ($32.15/$5.35)
53) Sushi Monster, Belmont. ($27/$6.75)
54) Shiki, San Mateo. ($30/$5)
55) Arikato, Mountain View. ($16.85/$3.40)
56) Hon Sushi, Mountain View. ($15.75/$3.95)
57) Wasa Wasa Sushi House, Millbrae. ($17/$5.65)
58) Sono, Mountain View. ($14.25/$2.85)
59) Monster Sushi, Mountain View. ($24.40/$8.15)
60) Kyoto, San Mateo. ($25.70/$5.15)
61) Ozuma, San Carlos. ($15/$5)
62) Liquid Sushi, San Mateo. ($39/$5)

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