This weekend Mr OCAnn and I took my parents out for sushi. Since Papa prefers same-old same-old (cheap Chinese buffets), Mama rarely eats chowish. So we decided to take them to sushi in Anaheim Hills.
The four of us waited 10 minutes to be seated at the counter. We were given warm towels & edamame right away. We ordered 2 large beers and an assortment of sushi. There was no toro that day, so we started off w/wild hamachi. How the wild hamachi differs from regular (tame?) hamachi, I don't know; but it was nice. Fresh but not too buttery. Same for the sake/salmon; fresh, but not melt-in-your mouth. The neta to rice ratio was fine and the vinegar (sushi) rice was tasty and just-firm (just right). We also had kanpachi, amaebi, spicy tuna handroll, an Americanized roll, aji, hirame, and a couple others. The evening's standout was live orange clam (aoyagi?).
Now that live orange clam was sooooo fresh. Sooooo tasty; it tasted lightly of the sea and had a light crunch. Our itamae cut open a whole clam and served us several pieces of sushi. Half was prepared as sushi; the other half was lightly topped with a thick, sweet sauce. Each of us had at least four pieces. And it was delicious.
When we asked for the bill (oaisu?) they served us a cube of toasted coconut jello, which was a sweet ending to a savoury meal.
Our evening had two surprises. The first was the trio sitting adjacent to us; they ordered a combo platter from the menu and ordered a couple dishes of sushi. Ugh! I've never seen this happen, so I was quite taken aback by it. Why take seats away from those who wish to eat sushi? Folks, those empty tables are meant for you! Daggummit! Let the people waiting in line for the counter have their seats! I was aghast and slightly irritated. (Thank you for letting me get this off my chest.)
The second surprise was more splendid/astonishing: The bill, for four of us w/two large beers and tax, came out $85. Impossible! I asked them to recalculate the bill: "there's no mistake." I'm told. Mama expected the bill to run $300; I expected it to be $200; and Papa forgot his wallet (it was our treat anyway). So we left a $100 tip. Very solid sushi. But I still prefer my neighbourhood sushi joint in Fullerton: FUN SUSHI MOMO.
YOSUKE Sushi Kappo
132 S Fairmont Blvd
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807