Z Sushi in Alhambra is the only place worth recommending in the area for people who are serious about sushi, says tsb, who lists a few reasons this place stands out.
Toshi prepares the anago himself, and somehow makes it almost fluffy in texture. A lot of places serve the commercially processed stuff; by making it himself, he can use the bones to make tsume—the sweet sauce for the eel.
He also prepares his own kohada, which has a smoky tinge that distinguishes it from other places.
Seared salmon with yuzu gosho and tai with yuzu and sea salt aren’t as unusual, but they’re definitely highlights of the repertoire.
He also does a credible version of Osaka-style battera—minus the wooden box—on request.
As for omakase, microtim says, “He started with a big tease followed with a plate of standard sushi. Then each sushi after that increased in quality by one notch until we climaxed at the toro. Then we reminisced on the experience in the warmth of a soup and the finishing touch of dessert. Yes, it was very much like sex.”
Z Sushi [San Gabriel Valley]
1132 N. Garfield Ave., Alhambra