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Tustin - the quest for local sushi (Wasabi and Ginzaya)

oc climber | Mar 2, 2006 05:17 PM

Sushi is to Tustin like sobriety is to Tara Reid; fleeting at best. What used to be a sushi town is rapidly turning into a wasteland. Osaka Kappa changes hands to Korean ownership as of April 1st, Taka left Sushi Itto in a partnership disagreement, the other Taka sold... ugh.

I went out and tried the well recommended Wasabi the other night. Good. Very good. This is sushi omakase style, don't go for a roll or to have it your way. It is his way or take a table.

We sat at the bar and ate for an hour or better. The fish was some of the best I've ever tasted, truly amazing. The sushi very traditional and very well done. It was pricy, but it was good ($88 for two without alcohol and eating light).

Then I tried Ginzaya. It just opened at the corner of Newport and Chapman in the Irvine Ranch Market shopping center and was so close that if it were good I could ride my bike there.

Man, I should have stayed home for lunch instead.

The sushi menu is half of a half of a page. Yes, you read that right. There is nothing there. The rolls were all very pedestrian, there was nothing the least bit inventive. Then I noticed the language in the background arguing over something or other... Korean? Oh no, this isn't going to go well.

I don't like Korean-Japanese food just as I wouldn't look for Spanish-Kimchi.

I was stuck, I'd already ordered.

The fish was miserable. Yes, I said miserable. I had some toro that was like chewing cow tongue. Obviously frozen and thawed improperly, it was bad.

The rest of the meal followed suit. I promptly asked for the check after two sushi orders and two rolls because I just couldn't stand it any longer, even though still hungry. $41????? Are you kidding?

Wow, for a lunch that is stupid expensive and bad on top of it all (only tea was consumed during this lunch). Stay far away.

Please, someone named Taka come back and serve sushi in Tustin... pretty please.

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