I just moved to the East Bay and am on the hunt for an excellent Sushi restaurant with thick cuts of fresh, buttery, melt in your mouth sashimi. I am from Hawai'i and am realizing how spoiled I was to be there. The variety and quality of our fish was always to die for and amazingly reasonably priced.
I used to be a devoted advocate for Kabuto but the distance and the elimination of the "combo" meals to higher priced a la carte items have led me to seek sushi elsewhere. I've become a local at Tachibana in Oakland but am interested in finding other excellent restaurants that are not as pricey as Kirala (if this is even a possibility). The other night, I was completely let down by poor quaility fish at Koryo in Oakland. The thin, jagged slices of fish were not fresh and the maguro was almost firm, bordering chewy. The rolls which were still $11+/roll came cut in only 4 pieces and it was almost impossible to find the fish featured in the roll. I have not tried Uzen although heard good reviews. I am craving Japanese and desperately looking for restaurants in the East Bay and San Francisco area. I need your chowhound expertise!