My first bite of real sushi was at Ichi Maki in Fairfield California. Ichi was a family run budget oriented affair. The standouts for me were the Chef Special 1 and 2. Chef Special 1 was a tasty deep fried potato based roll with cream cheese, but it was completely outclassed by Chef Special 2.
Special 2 felt like a pumped up version of a rainbow roll drizzled with sauces and presented to the customer with a fun bit of flambé. The flambé melded with the sauces in a way I’ve never experienced in any other sushi restaurant.
I’ve tasted higher class rolls at say Mikuni or Morimoto, but I’ve always been impressed with the way the Chef was able to create something so delicious, with good portions, and budget pricing in such an expensive place as California.
About six years ago Ichi closed down. Unbeknownst to me it had moved to Sacramento where I was living at the time. The name changed to Papa Sushi at the new location and I was just unlucky enough to miss them under the new name.
About 3 years ago they moved back to the Fairfield location allowing me the privilege to taste the Chef Special 2 again under its new name Papa Special. Unfortunately these past few years have been busy and I missed out on a lot of opportunities to eat there before they closed again.
I didn’t have the foresight to get any contact info for the family running the place. I know they may well be done in the business, but with the track record they have maybe there’s a chance they opened up again in Sacramento or elsewhere. If anyone has any stories about eating here or information on where the family may be operating now It would be appreciated.
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