After many suggestions, I tried Sushi Sho last night. I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I started with the miso soup, and you are going to laugh, but I think it was the best part of the meal. I only ordered it because it was so nippy outside, but it was really amazing. I think they must have used multiple types of Miso (I'm thinking light yellow and red)because the color was a little different and the taste was much more complex. There was also alot of Wakame seaweed that unlike most preparations (well overcooked) had some integrity and a wonderful chewiness.
The sushi was where this meal fell a little short. The fish was very fresh, and his cuts were truly top-notch, but the fish lacked flavor. My salmon nigiri could have been confused for any other fish if my eyes had been closed. Some pieces were also way over-wasabied. Sweet shrimp is one of my favorites, but the thick layer of wasabi overwhelmed the subtle sweetness of the glistening shrimp. This was also a problem with the yellowtail maki, as the wasabi and an avalanche of scallions completely masked the fish.
I have to say, however, that the atmosphere was delightful. A truly intimate experience with the chef and a handful of other diners, as they turn lots of people away once the bar is only full on one side. The bill was also quite reasonable. $38 for miso soup, 4 nigiri and one maki.
So my question, is this as good as sushi gets in Berkeley? Having gone to Kirala and Sushi Sho and not being wowed, should I give up, or should I pursue some of you chowhounders' other suggestions?