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On Tuesday I finally had a chance to try Watsonville favorite, Miyuki, for lunch. I was excited to discover battera sushi, $8.75, on the menu and had to have that. Cracked me up when I got home later and saw that I'd participated in a discussion about Miyuki's battera sushi in 2006! Guess it slipped my mind in the ensuring dozen years. https://www.chowhound.com/post/miyuki... Anyway, this was made with a thin layer of saba (mackerel) topped with translucent kelp. Kind of malformed and not pretty, but I was still happy to enjoy this style of pressed sushi here. The rice was a little too sweet for my taste. Oshi sushi is also available with unagi or ebi.
I wanted to order Santa Barbara uni from the daily specials board but it had already sold out. A quick check of the tabletop menu card had hamachi kama (yellowtail collar) on it. My server said that it was available fresh that day and would cook quickly on the grill. The smaller size, $11.95, was very meaty and had a higher yield of the sweetly unctuous flesh than others that have looked bigger. Perfectly grilled to bubble and crispy up every bit of the often tough skin to make it charry and completely edible. Two kinds of grated daikon were supplied to mix with the dipping sauce, plain and a spicy version that I liked a lot. The plate also had a couple florets of very fresh steamed broccoli with a mayo-based dressing and some stir-fried bean sprouts. This plate could have been a complete lunch.
Hot green tea's complimentary and the service was warm and attentive. This really hit the spot and it's easy to understand why it has stayed so popular over the years.
452 E. Lake Ave.
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