Lately, Ive been looking for eating options around Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and was fortunate to run across good recommendations for Z Sushi.
We sat in front of the younger of the two sushi chefs whose name, unfortunately, escapes me, and ordered the mid-range omakase, which was priced at $56pp.
First Course: A plate of hot and cold appetizers which included one large fishcake cut into four pieces, one shumai, a mini-sushi of ikura (salmon eggs), and cucumber with miso and a tiny portion of seaweed salad. Everything was tasty and it was a nice way to start off the meal.
Second Course: Sashimi platter with mirugai, uni, hamachi belly, toro, tai, and pink and white scallops from Japan. This was the real star of the meal. Everything was exceptionally tasty and fresh, especially the uni, hamachi belly, and toro. In fact, it was the best uni Ive had since I was in Tokyo last year.
Third Course: Miso Black Cod, perfectly marinated and cooked, so that it was buttery soft on the inside and sweet and crispy on the outside.
Fourth Course: Steamed Asari Clams in Broth. I dont know if you were supposed to drink the broth, but I did anyway although the flavor was pretty subtle.
Fifth Course: Fried Fish Bones in Ponzu. I have no what kind of fish it was, but it was the spine and head of a small fish that was dusted with some flour and fried. It was actually pretty tasty, especially if you let the bones soak in the ponzu for a while.
Sixth Course: Tempura Fried Shiso Stuffed with Crab, served with curry salt. I loved this dish. The curry salt went perfectly with it. Really, really delicious.
Seventh Course: Sushi Platter which included toro brushed with ponzu, aji, tamago, ikura, and hamachi. Really nice sized pieces of fish that draped over the rice. I especially liked the toro and aji.
Eighth Course: Handroll with cucumber, gobo, daikon, and bonito flakes.
Ninth Course: Green Tea Ice Cream.
Total Bill for 2 omakase, 1 large Sapporo, 1 cold sake, 1 cocktail, including tax and tip: $150.
So worth it. We left stuffed, buzzed, and happy. We will definitely return.
1132 N Garfield Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801
Cross Street: Huntington Drive