went to a quiet neighborhood sushi place with family in fullerton:
about sato sushi and the food...theres a red neon open sign in the window, and the inside is lit with fluorescent lights. there is an attempt at decor with a little plastic window the floor that shows what looks like a fish pond underneath the floor, though i didnt see any fish. its like the see-through walkway at crustacean in beverly hills, but looks much less sturdy, so i stepped around it.
the menu is standard: tempura, teriyaki, and noodles. the sushi bar serves all the regular nigiri and maki, and has their own special rolls, though most of them are simply adaptations of the california roll. the server brought us a little oshinko appetizer of seaweed, cucumber and crab (imitation) in a sweetened vinegar. everyone is first served a small bowl of the restaurants udon broth, which is salty and refreshing and a nice gesture on their part. the udon, with tempura on the side so it doesnt get soggy, must have been good because it is very rare that dad doesnt make a negative comment about his food. the steak and salmon teriyaki was sweet as it should be, and the tempura was crisp, though a little heavy on the batter. one thing that stood out to me was the spicy tuna roll. made with chili oil, it is hotter than most, and without mayonnaise, it didnt gross me out. i was, however, grossed out by looking the uni, which i still have to get used to.
so thats the kind of place sato is nothing fancy, nothing id travel for, but its a good place to go when im already in orange county with my family, and dont want to eat at islands.