Recently I returned to Yoshi-Shige in Napa for a light meal at the sushi bar. Hide blinked when he saw me and demanded to know where Id been for the last year. When I seemed sufficiently remorseful for staying away, he poured some happiness juice, a masu of Ozeiki sake on the house to welcome me back.
The plate of gyoza was still good, perhaps not quite as light as in my memory, yet accented nicely by the spicy sesame-tinged sauce. Hide recommended the maguro as especially fine this time. Pearly-pink with plenty of well-marbled fat, he cut the red tuna into thick 4 long slabs for nigiri sushi. Seeing my surprise at the size of the portion, he said, only for you. He also recommended the oysters, and I tried them as kaki fry. The fried oysters were excellent with a light, crispy panko coating. The accompanying tonkatsu sauce had a unique nuance that Hide confided was a touch of wasabi. I was also comped on agedashi tofu, which he remembered as one of my favorites, and some miso soup. Total tab, $30, including tax and tip.
Yoshi-Shige Japanese Cuisine
3381 California Blvd