First my great friend Stacy took me (will never be able to repay her for this), then I took my husband as soon as we moved to Mountain View. We are now taking all of our sushi friends whenever we can. Last weekend we ate there Friday and Saturday. This weekend we showed some restraint and only ate there Saturday. But during the week, I dream about the sake salmon, kurodai (snapper), kani (sweetest crab I have ever had) unagi, ebi, tamago, blue-fin toro...we were just there last night and I could go back again! I am allergic to a few things, but the chefs are always careful and do a great job with special requests. We have eaten at a table once or twice, and every other time at the counter. The counter is great, as you get great contact with the chefs.
We have found the price very reasonable, and the sake list is nice too. I agree with the reviewer who hated giving such a great review if it means more competition for tables, but I just can't help it!
Real Japanese behind and in front of the counter are an indication that this place is taking their sushi seriously. Some hard-to-find items plus a nice list of daily specials create some nice variety. Try the Ankimo, if they have it!
This is the place where I clicked on Uni! It was so good... But the quality is a hit-n-miss. I am not sure if this is just a general fact about seafood. So just hope they get a good stock on the day you go.
There've been a lot of new Japanese restaurants opened around Castro St in recent year or so. This one is a little hidden from the main street but it's food variety + quality is way better than I'd have expected. The $13 combo meal is a steal. The sushi is surprisingly good too. Of course in each of the various Japanese dishes it offers (sushi/tempura/teriyaki/grill, etc) there's better restaurant out there, but how can you beat their price and choices for this quality?
The place has always served fresh fish the several times I've eaten here. Expect to wait close to 30 mins. or so during peak hours in the evening, but definitely worth the wait for fresh sushi in the area. Food is not too expensive if your order the combination box. I like to frequent this restaurant once a month if I can since it consistently serves thick, fresh slices of sashimi.
I moved here six months ago and have eaten my way through numerous Bay area sushi places highly recommended by assorted foodies, locals, critics, people-in-the-know, etc. I was continually disappointed by mediocre sushi until I ate at Sushitomi last night.
We had the blue fin akami (delicious), spicy tuna roll (fresh, lovely combination of textures and flavours), dynamite roll (ok), salmon skin roll (good) and assorted sushi plate (5/6 pieces amazing).
The sushi is assembled with care where the rice is an accent with the fish taking centre stage. The maki rolls are a delicate balance of flavours and textures that play out as a symphony on your palate.
The ambience is a little dumpy, the rice is a bit too damp for the rolls, the presentation is acceptable but not impeccable, the miso soup smelled like bleach and service was spotty only because the waitresses looked overworked.
However, all of that was forgiven for the freshness and flavour of the sushi and maki rolls. Ironically, in my quest all over the Bay Area to find good sushi, I found the best place to date close to home.
ADDENDUM (AFTER 2ND VISIT). I'm going to have to downgrade my review. On our 2nd visit, we were seated at the back, near the washroom/kitchen and once you lose visibility of the chef, it's downhill from there. We ordered the Chef's special and it was hit and miss. About 60% hit/40% miss.