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Higo Sushi, Omakase and Shrimp Heads- La Habra (review)

wendy8869 | Sep 29, 200501:52 PM

Really, I almost didn't post this review because I wasn't sure if I should keep this place a secret, but my loyalty has prevailed and I must payback for all of the recs I've gotten from other hounds over the years. This place is right next to the Cat and the Custard Cup on Whittier Blvd. I was searching for sushi for my dinner birthday and was recommended this place by a fellow hound (thanks Al Bondigas!) but I could find no other info on this place either on CH or other sites. I figured I'd take the chance and I'm glad I did. I must place a disclaimer, I have had lots of sushi in the past, but it has always been the more regular types you find everywhere, and I've never tried omakase(first heard about here on CH). Until last night!!! This place is a small hole in the wall, with a small (maybe 10 person) sushi bar and tables in a seperate section off to the side. Only one other couple was at the sushi bar and maybe one family at the tables at 6:30pm on a Wednesday. I was a little nervous at first, since I'd never sat at a sushi bar before and didn't know how things worked. The sushi master asked if we would like something and I nervously stammered, "Do you offer omakase?" He replied yes, and my heart soared. The dishes began, the first 5 or so plates being the normal items, sashimi, shrimp, a lovely spring roll with avocado and tuna (everything very very fresh and beautifully plated), but I knew if I sat long enough the items would get more interesting. I must have had 10 or 12 plates. Tried sweet shrimp for the first time (yummy yummy shrimp heads!), the tempura squid was so tender and the batter was so light and flavorful, the toro was like butter, some other more interesting fish that really for the life of me I can't remember but they were soooo good. The sushi chef seemed to know everyone very well, talking about personal things, and most everyone was obviously regulars and local from La Habra or La Habra Heights, we actually met some of our close neighbors we had never met but only knew through their dog (recently passed) that roamed Hacienda Blvd for several years. By the time we left at around 8:30, the sushi bar was mostly full and quite a few tables were filled. I know this place is one where a relationship with the sushi chef is very important. Once we become "regulars" I have know doubt we will be treated very well. There was a lot of "sizing up" by the sushi chef of my party (myself and my husband) trying to figure us out and if I could take the more interesting items (My husband stuck to the rolls and normal items, he doesn't like much fish). It was a totally awesome experience, and we will be back to keep that relationship going and become more familiar so that we can be offered the "specials". Dinner for two, one omakase -including toro, 5 rolls, 3 glasses of wine, gyoza, edamame, tempura ice cream, all for $125 + tip.

Higo Sushi
Address: 722 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: (562) 691-8662

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