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Problems at OC Sushi Shibucho – Questionable Fish quality

I'd argue that quality problems were evident throughout the meal.. Based on my last meal, certain cuts were too dry or beginning to toughen (tuna), certain cuts had a fishy smell (shrimp), but certain cuts (salmon) were good.. I'm certain that knife skills didn't affect the sushi as much as the fish quality. I might be exaggerating a little, but it was like playing Russian roulette with sushi.

Aug 13, 2010
eric331 in Los Angeles Area

Problems at OC Sushi Shibucho – Questionable Fish quality

Hey elizabean, as ocshooter mentioned below, I think Bluefin might be serving best sushi in Newport Beach/Coast area for sure. I've heard that the head sushi chef trained/worked at Matsuhisa for few years..

If you're really into quality sushi, check out Sushi Zo in LA. And, if you really want to go all out, try Urasawa.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Matsuhisa
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Bluefin
7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Aug 13, 2010
eric331 in Los Angeles Area

Have any Chowhound Faves Broken Your Heart

Suchi Shibucho in Costa Mesa..

Over the years, the quality and the freshness of the fish has decreased significantly. I'm assuming this decline has to do with the younger sushi chef (the son of the owner) working increasing hours at the sushi bar..

I understand that a restaurant can have bad service nights.. even Jordan had off-nights. But, his son consistently serving lower quality of fish is forcing me to not eat at Sushi Shibucho again.

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Sushi Shibucho
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Aug 12, 2010
eric331 in Los Angeles Area

Problems at OC Sushi Shibucho – Questionable Fish quality

Hey everyone,

Long time reader, but first time posting here..

I love eating sushi and I’ve been fortunate enough to eat at some of the best sushi restaurants in CA, NY and Japan.. so, I’m not a complete newbit to the sushi game..

I usually enjoy eating at Sushi Shibucho, but I’ve recently noticed a significant decline in the quality of fish used at the restaurant. Few people complained about the son (younger sushi chef who can speak English) serving poor quality fish and my recent experience was exceptionally bad.
Also, I ordered few items as a take-out for my Japanese roommate. My take-out order was prepared by the younger sushi chef. When I gave few sushi pieces to my roommate after a 30 minute drive from the restaurant, my roommate could only eat about 2 pieces of the take-out sushi due to poor quality of fish.

I’m starting to see a pattern at this restaurant and I’m sure I could avoid this problem by requesting my food to be prepared by anyone else but the young sushi chef… But, I’d much rather go to a different restaurant and pay a little more as necessary. I’m tired of playing roulette with food consistency and quality.

Has anyone else experienced a dramatic decrease in the quality of fish being served at Sushi Shibucho, especially when the younger sushi chef is cutting/serving the fish?

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Sushi Shibucho
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Aug 12, 2010
eric331 in Los Angeles Area