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nja | Apr 12, 200605:26 PM     8

Another few days spent in Simi Valley, and this time I found another decent place to eat. Hai Sushi on First Street isn't half bad. The maguro, hamachi, saba, and unagi were enjoyable, with the latter being especially good. The hirame was pretty tough and chewy so I'd recommend avoiding that. I tried some shrimp tempura and california rolls and those were pretty good too (they would seem hard to mess up, but lots of places manage to do so). They also had some interesting specials like lobster sashimi and live shrimp but I didn't try any this time. The portions of sushi are very large, and the rice isn't quite perfect so a few pieces of nigiri fell apart.

But all in all it was by far the best sushi I've ever had in Simi and one of hte best restaurants meals I've had there. It's up there with my other recommendations like Don Cuco's, the taqueria on Alamo and Tapo Street, and the Thai place on Los Angeles just west of First. But, like all of those, these are only places to eat if you must eat in Simi. Under no circumstances am I suggested hounds travel to Simi Valley to eat at these places, nor stay to eat at them if you are willing to travel into the Valley or other areas of Los Angeles. Actually, Don Cuco's may be a slight exception as I think it is excellent enough to forgo a trip into the Valley for sit-down combo-plate Mexican. Although I still wouldn't say it's worth traveling into Simi Valley for.

-nick

Link: http://www.eatsushi.com/regional/rest...

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