Right, so I've moved to New York, and I finally feel able to post my absolute favorite Bay Area sushi place. I was holding back; you'll understand why.
First, a little background -- I was a devotee of Sawa Sushi until I got pissed off with his unreliability and steadily increasing prices. I've had sushi at the central wholesale fish market (Tsukiji) in Tokyo. Not to be modest, I know my sushi.
So when I tried Sushi on the Run in Los Gatos on a lark, I really wasn't expecting it to be that good. I mean, really -- it's Los Gatos! How could that epitome of yuppie hell have good sushi?
Well, it does. The place seats eight, but there are rarely lines, and the fish quality is just about as good as Sawa's. (The rice is a little bit strange, though.) No liquor license, nothing fancy, it's incredibly cramped -- but oh, the fish.
Best saba around. When white tuna is in season in the fall, Nobo (the chef) gets the same stuff Steve at Sawa gets, and it's incredible. The hamachi is flown in daily from Japan and it's almost always fantastic. The hot sake maki roll (salmon, cream cheese, green tabasco, and maybe a couple other things) is a revelation. Great mirugai, and really pretty much everything.
And the best part? The huge cuts of fish are only $4-$4.50 per order of nigiri. If you're after variety, grab the 9-piece nigiri sampler, with a different assortment depending on what he has on hand, for something like $17. You can be stuffed with great sushi and on your way for something like $30 or $35.
Man, oh man. I miss that place so much.
Try it sometime. Just don't go with a big group -- it only seats eight, uncomfortably, and there are no reservations.
It's on Santa Cruz Ave in Los Gatos, across the street from the Sharper Image.