Saturday, February 22, 2014
My Hubby and I love Japanese food, especially sushi and sashimi. But they could get quite expensive when you dine at a fine Japanese restaurant. Of course, there are many all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants out there, but those that we've been to, were only mediocre in quality. When it comes to raw fish and seafood, you do want to dine at a place with great quality and fresh ingredients. We were so happy when we discovered the restaurant “Sake 2 Me Sushi” last year.
It’s located in a small plaza in Tustin, Orange County. It’s totally a hidden gem in O.C.! Okay, may not so hidden anymore after this post. But I can’t resist to share with you how much we love this place. If you like Japanese food and live around the area, you've got to give this a try. As soon as you sat down and got your drink order settled, you’ll be served with this “Crab Meat Nacho”. They even serve a non-spicy version for my kids (see picture below). These were so good; imagine crispy chip on the bottom and creamy crab meat on top, with just the perfect amount of sauce and spiciness. Yes, I think it’s the chef’s tactic trying to fill you up a little before you order the all-you-can-eat sushi.
Yes folks, this place is an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant! What’s differentiate this restaurant from the rest? Their sushi and rolls are all made to order. So, nothing lying around unattended. Their quality are just as wonderful as many other made to order sushi restaurants. Plus, you can also order a-la-carte or cooked items from the menu if you like. But with their wide selections of sushi, cut rolls, hand rolls, appetizers, soup, etc; all included in the all-you-can-eat price, why would you want to order anything else? Well, expect that we did order noodles for the kids as they don’t eat raw fish, just yet.
As mentioned above, there are many selections on sushi. The "must try" ones are the “Peppered Salmon” and “Peppered Tuna” (see picture below). As you can see, they are topping with a sprinkle of pepper and slight charred. So succulent and the slightly smokey flavor is simply amazing. The fish has this melt in the mouth texture and you can taste the natural sweetness from the fish.
If you've been to an all-you-can-eat sushi place, you know the fish and rice ratio could be quite off; with a tiny piece of fish on top and a huge rice ball on the bottom to fill you up. However, it’s NOT the case here with Sake 2 Me Sushi. Check out the picture below, see the fish to rice ratio? So generous! The price is very reasonable as well. Only $19.95 for lunch and $23.95 for dinner (as of 2/22/2014). Please check their site here for update on prices and menu.
Yes, they have many cut rolls and hand rolls available included in the all-you-can-eat price. But to me, the cut rolls have more rice in them so you'll be full much faster compared to nigiri sushi. So, I usually go with the money items. Another great thing about this place is that once you've placed your order, your sushi come out at a reasonable time without a long wait. Don’t you just love that?
If you’re interested to check out the price and menu, simple chick here to visit their site. They also have a branch in Montclair and Rancho Cucamonga. But I haven’t been to the other locations. So, after reading all these positive points, you might ask me, what’s the “catch” (no pun intended)? Well, there really is no catch. But with the price this good and food that fresh, you know the line is going to be long if you don’t go early. For weekends, make sure to arrive before 6 p.m. for dinner. Otherwise, it’ll be quite a long wait. My Hubby and I had been there on weekdays for lunch and there was no wait time. And you can chose to sit at the sushi bar as well to watch the chefs prepare your sushi, right in front of you. Pretty neat right?
Thank you so much for reading and I can't wait to share more of my favorite restaurants with you in the near future.
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