Izayoi, Hamakawa, and Orris have been repeatedly mentioned on this board and usually with positive reviews so I don't have much to add. Just wanted to drop a review to let Chowhounders know that each place is still going strong and definitely places to try if you haven't been yet.
Izayoi - Just sushi this time. I was alone and sat at the bar. Ryo-san and his assistant were just delightful. They were appropriately chatty and complimentary and I received generous cuts of Bluefin Maguro, Bluefin Toro, Kanpachi, Halibut, and Amberjack. I topped it off with a delicious, earthy, and rich bowl of red miso soup. If you haven't been here before, by all means go. The sushi and cooked foods are top notch.
Hamakawa - Our first time and we were impressed. They didn't have Bluefin maguro or toro (just regular) and no blue crab. That being said, however, the fish we had was incredibly fresh (tuna, toro, halibut, spanish mackeral, scallop). I was really impressed by the rice (which was expertly seasoned and tasted rounder for some reason) and the nori. I'm not a nori fanatic by any means. I usually don't think about it. But the nori we had with our spicy scallop and negitoro hand rolls was fantastic - it made me stop and notice just how nutty, crunchy, roasted-y, and of the sea really good nori can taste.
Orris - No wait at the counter at 7:30 pm on Saturday which was a pleasant surprise. We ordered the albacore tuna cups, dungeness crab with cucumber salad, fried squash blossoms filled with shrimp mousse (oustanding), scallops sauteed with mushrooms, sauteed shimeji mushrooms, and shrimp tempura with curry dipping sauce. We were pleased with each dish and esp. with the bill - under $100 for all that and a glass of sake and wine.
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