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OC Review: SUSHI 5, “Sushi so Fresh it’s Still Moving“


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OC Review: SUSHI 5, “Sushi so Fresh it’s Still Moving“

GrindzHound | Nov 15, 2006 09:20 PM

SUSHI 5, where the motto should be “Sushi so Fresh it’s Still Moving“, albeit moving on a revolving sushi conveyor that is. Welcome to the Carousel of Nigiri!

This new spot in the City of Tustin serves up a sushi experience that may not be quite so moving as Vivaldi’s Summer, but will satisfy your craving for fresh appetizing seafood at the right price of $2.50 per two piece nigiri order($1.99 Monday through Thursday with coupon, link below). It isn’t fair to compare SUSHI 5 to a full service sushi bar. This type of revolving sushi restaurant is most popular in Japan simply because it’s quick and affordable and that is where SUSHI 5 shines. By the way, SUSHI 5 is Japanese owned and is has the same owner as Laguna Sushi.

SUSHI 5 starts with a mechanically formed piece of nigiri sushi rice and then tops it with a surprisingly fresh piece of fish. No sushi chef here to converse with as he or she?, mysteriously assembles your sushi on the other side of a wall in the kitchen.

Sushi rolls are also available for the same $2.50 price and premium sushi (toro, giant clam) and special rolls are priced at market. Premium nigiri is usually the same price as regular sushi but one piece per order rather than two. Be sure to check out the specials board by the front door. Last week’s specials included two pieces of toro or giant clam per order for the regular price of $2.50, VERY fresh and good, what a steal!

The lunch specials look great. Check them out if you visit, they look like good values. Unlike most Japanese restaurants, lunch is served 7 days a week. This is great for me since I don’t work close by and can hit the lunch specials on the weekends. Specials include $5-$6 donburi bowls, combo plates and a 5 order sushi lunch (10 piece) for $9.99 including salad and miso soup. The miso soup is made from scratch here and I could taste the kombu seaweed and bonito shavings in the dashi broth, which is nice, but it was a bit salty for my taste.

I’ve been to SUSHI 5 several times and here are my observations on the items that I’ve tried.

Salmon Salad: Tasty and generous portion of greens, onions, gobo, salmon skin, avocado topped with katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings) and dressed with ponzu. $6.00

Nigiri sushi Rated Fresh and Tasty:
Yellowtail, albacore tataki, salmon, scallops, giant clam, whelk clam (poorman’s giant clam), squid, unagi, california roll, crunchy roll and dragon roll. These were all good. The scallops include the entire scallop not just the white medallion normally served. This lends more of a scallop/clam flavor.

Nigiri sushi Rated slightly inconsistent, but usually fresh:
The tuna sushi (one time) was not as fresh as I’d like but that was one in over a dozen orders. The freshness rating may seem a bit harsh but this should never happen, especially on what is such a popular high turnover item. I hope that this one time occurrence is just chalked up to being a fairly new restaurant trying to work out the food supply kinks.

Donburi bowl with eggs, chicken and rice with a sukiyaki type sauce, $5.50 good comfort food, lunch only. You might want to ask for "easy on the sauce" and ask for more if needed.

I really like this neighborhood place and have been back 8-9 times. I’ve actually downloaded the coupon so that I can reprint it again. They also give out 10% off dinner coupons with the check. The best thing about SUSHI 5 is that it’s tasty, quick and affordable.

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