Had a meeting at Fashion Island today, so decided to grab lunch here after reading all the reports.
First, very easy to find: Just take 55 south to Newport Beach, turn right at 19th street, go a couple blocks. It's in a minimall on the righthand side, right before the In-n-Out.
Decor: Simple and Plain, but not dumpy like Sasabune or Nozawa.
Service: Only Shibucho and his wife? With about 6 at the bar and a few tables occupied, service was warm, friendly and efficent.
I asked for Omakase, Shibucho asked if I ate everything...affirmative.
I can't recall the menu, but it started with fantastic toro and went uphill from there. I must have eaten at least a dozen different sushi, all superb. Some interesting textures and tastes.
Shibucho's English is limited, but he is extremely friendly and warm.
I was expecting about a $50 minimum check. My jaw hit the floor when I opened it: $24.30!!!
Without a doubt the best Sushi bargain of my life. Had I paid $70, I still would have been happy.
Looks like I found a reason to go to OC.