Okay, I'm embarrased to admit it, but I can't completely remember their name. Marita? Marata? Something like that.
Anyway, it's at the corner of College and Alcatraz, where Buttercup Cafe used to be. Someone asked about it a bit ago and last night we finally had a chance to try it.
The restaurant is lovely and serene. The Japanese owner is eager to place and personable. The two Japanese sushi chefs didn't seem to understand any English at all and were a bit reserved, so though we sat at the bar we ended up shuttling all our requests through the owner--who hovered about and discussed Ultraman with my husband.
My husband ordered the combo nigiri sushi. It was, I think 7 (or 9?) pieces of nigiri plus a tekka maki for $15.95. It came beautifully arranged on a large white plate. The sushi rice seemed to be properly seasoned and just moist enough, while the fish was pristine. My husband, a saba freak, also ordered two orders of saba and was blown away. He told me they were better than any saba he's had anywhere--better than Kirala, or Kiss Seafood, or Jewel Bako in NYC. Since I didn't try it I can't comment, but there you go.
I had the combo sushi. Lovely fish at $19.95 I think. And potato and eel croquettes--round friend potato balls with a teeny bit of eel inside.
They also have cooked meats and interesting salads and desserts, but we didn't partake of any of them. They were, unfortunately, out of uni and when I asked him he said he gets ankimo every so often but they didn't have any tonight.
So, all in all a great evening. Now if they can get ankimo on a consistent basis I'll happily ditch Kirala.