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Dash was very Sam's-like.
Also, I went to Sushi Sho this past month, and I think the nigiri is about on par with Hide Sushi in LA (if you get omakase at the bar). Sometimes slightly better ingredients (but surprisingly limited neta), but on the whole near equal (sushi is definitely something for which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts). Sho certainly has a better ambiance and the chef talks a lot more. In terms of quality, there exist about 5-6 notches above that in the US, from my experience. Gintei in San Bruno is a bit better than Sushi Sho. Sakae a touch better than Gintei (but 3x the price?). The old Sebo around here, too. Maruya used to be a step up from both (haven't returned since Hide-san left). I'm comparing apples and apples - all a serious omakase at the bar with the head sushi chef. I can't believe one girl who I used to eat with told me that Sushi Sho was better than Kiriko, Zo, etc.
Currently, I think the best mid-tier and reasonable sushi in the Bay Area may be at the bar at Gintei in San Bruno.
But there's an interesting new front-runner that I'm about to try and I'll report back soon.
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