Sugarfish – Beverly Hills, CA
BEST. SUSHI. EVER.
My mouth is salivating as I think about my meal at Sugarfish. Honestly, it was the best sushi I’ve ever had. I may not know everything about sushi but I will tell you that I’ve eaten it around the world. From The Tsukiji Market in Tokyo to Seattle, I’ve sampled a lot of “the best” and this by far is THE BEST out there!
There are three menus to choose from: Trust Me/Lite, Trust Me and The Nozawa. Think of it as small, medium and large. You can order a la carte but price-wise, you get more for your money with the prefix menus and you will most definitely want to add more to it once you’re done. I chose the Trust Me and my husband got The Nozawa. Each included edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, yellowtail sushi, halibut sushi, a toro hand roll and a blue crab hand roll. The Nozawa also included a “Daily Special” as well as a few more pieces of the sushi. My favorite was the tuna sashimi and the albacore sushi. The sushi is served nigiri style (fish on top of the rice) and the rice was warm (I’ve never experienced that and it was such a great surprise). The fish couldn’t have been better quality. It seriously melted in my mouth. I remember 1) being speechless as I ate it, 2) telling my husband that you wouldn’t even need teeth to eat this sushi and 3) that if I had to choose my last meal on Earth this would be it! They don’t take reservations so go put your name in and have a drink or walk around. Worth the wait for sure!
Matsuhisa – Aspen, CO
On our recent trip to Aspen for the Food & Wine Festival, I made sure to secure reservations at top restaurants in town to ensure an amazing culinary adventure from morning to night. On our second night there we ate at Nobu’s Matsuhisa which was PACKED! And full of culinary celebrities which was a fun treat. Our meal was incredible from start to finish. I would definitely order everything we had that night if we went back! Earlier in the day when we went to see Bobby Flay do a demonstration we happened to sit next to Nobu himself so I leaned over and told him we were eating at Matsuhisa that night and he couldn’t have been nicer. Talked to us for a while, even showed us photos of his granddaughter. Needless to say he was so friendly when he saw us there that night and even sat down and chatted us up for a while.
Rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce
Mixed mushroom toban-yaki
King crab tempura “Amazu” sweet ponzu
There were so many different mochi flavors to choose from but we settled on root beer (amazing!), mango and green tea. Perfect dessert!
How cute is Nobu?! Love him!
Morimoto – Napa, CA
My husband and I were lucky enough to have Morimoto do the sushi for our wedding welcome party but we had never been to the restaurant in downtown Napa itself. I recently went with a friend and I’m already dying to go back. I didn’t even have any sushi! I started with the Spicy King Crab with tobanjan aioli and micro-cilantro…wowzers!!! I can see why my friend had me order my own and didn’t want to share:) It was rich but not too crazy of a portion if you go with a lighter entrée which we did. Otherwise it would be a great starter to share with a group.
For our entrée we split the Tempura Calamari Salad which was perfect! The calamari was cooked perfectly and not too heavy considering it was fried. Yum!
To end the meal we splurged on the “S’mores” which I think was new to the menu. Definitely a great choice…I don’t think there was a morsel left on the plate:)
Japonessa – Seattle, WA
Located in the former Union spot on Union and 1st, this new sushi spot doesn’t seem to have a problem filling the large space. We went on a Wednesday night and the place was packed! Before I get into the food, I will say that my one serious complaint is that it’s so noisy it’s hard to hold a conversation which is a shame.
The food however was great and the expansive menu made it hard for me narrow down my roll choices. We decided on the Barcelona Sunset and the special Spanish Lover roll as well as the Salmon Sashimi and the Ahi Tuna Tartare which came a bit late but was so fresh and satisfying.
Worth it for the great food but just beware of the loud atmosphere. Not a place to take your grandma:)
barcelona sunset - spicy yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, topped with yellowtail, tobiko, habanero aioli
spanish lover - creamy scallops, avocado, snow crab legs, topped with chili seared white king salmon, chili oil, cilantro aioli, tobiko
ahí tuna tartare - balsamic soy vinegar, yuzu citrus aioli
Sushi Village – Whistler, BC
I have a few key spots in Whistler that I have to go to every time I’m in town and this is one of them. I love it just as much as Sashi Sushi but prefer it when with a group of people. There’s a very lively vibe and they have killer strawberry daiquiris to get you lubed up before dinner:)
If you go with a group try to reserve one of their rooms. You’ll need 6 or more people but it’s the way to go with friends.
One of the best things I’ve discovered…spicy tofu deep fried with fresh shiitake mushrooms in their legendary spicy sauce…AMAZING!!!Salmon sashimi – I get it at every sushi restaurant and this one in particular is very generous on size and the quality couldn’t be betterThe Super Hero roll (spicy tuna roll wrapped with thinly sliced avocado on a bed of tempura bits) and the Tempura Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber)Another must when I’m there – the SASSs Roll – shrimp tempura, scallop, salmon and avocado wrapped with a soya bean sheetThe Rainbow Roll – shrimp tempura rolled with a soya been sheet topped with the chef’s choice of seven different kinds of thinly sliced fish
Sachi Sushi – Whistler, BC
There’s one thing that Whistler has a lot of besides snow…amazing sushi spots! It’s hard to choose which one to go to but Sachi Sushi is at the top of my list. It’s a laid back spot that’s not on the main drag in the village but worth finding. There’s typically a little wait but tables turn over pretty quickly and you can get a drink while you wait.
Something worth mentioning that I don’t have a picture of is the Spicy Agedashi Tofu…whoa! I saw a guy next to me eating this at the bar and had to ask what it was. Ever since I’ve been hooked. It’s deep fried tofu and fresh shiitake mushrooms with spicy sachi sauce. Yum!
Hello sockeye salmon sashimi!!! I could eat a TON of this.
Hako Sushi – salmon, shrimp, scallop, avocado, thinly sliced lemon, spicy mayo, shaped into a box. It took me a while to find this roll but I LOVE it! There’s something about the thin slice of lemon on top…it adds such a brightness to the roll.
Cupcake Roll – avocado, sweet potato tempura roll topped with spicy mayo and edamame
Momiji – Seattle, WA
We heard about this new sushi restaurant from an acquaintance and just had to try it. It’s owned by the same people that own Umi Sake House in Belltown. The space is warm and minimalistic. There’s a very serene vibe about the place which I love.
All of the servers are very friendly and are helpful in suggesting rolls if you don’t know where to start. Our food came out quickly (in a good way…not rushed) and everything we ate was so delicious. Each roll tasted so different and was complex in it’s own way. I have to say, this is by far one of our favorite sushi spots in Seattle, if not our favorite now. The location is great, parking isn’t horrible and they’re open from 4pm-2am daily! The fact that we went 3 times in the span of about 10 days should say something:)
*Pardon the photos…as the night went on I lost a lot of light so they’re not that great but I think you’ll get idea
Beautiful little courtyard in the middle of the restaurant
Madai Jalapeño – snapper sashimi, jalapeño, garlic & cilantro with citrus-yuzu ponzu…one of the specials that night…so fresh and flavorful
Crunchy Seattle Roll – salmon, avocado, cream cheese fried and drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sweet chili aioli…best roll I’ve had like this!
007 Roll – spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber & cilantro, wrapped with yellowtail, lime, shishito peppers and jalapeño
White Tiger Roll – spicy yellowtail, cucumber & asparagus topped with wild white king salmon, lime, tobiko & yuzu citrus sauce