Sushi in Laguna Beach

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Crafted from fresh ingredients such as bigeye tuna, albacore, and quail eggs, Shinkou Sushi's hand-rolled delicacies treat palates to hearty bites of authentic Japanese flavor. An extensive menu beckons diners to choose from sashimi supplied in half dozens, hand and cut maki rolls, and more than 10 sushi combos. After choosing their wrap or rice preferences, customers can build their own rolls from ingredients such as hamachi, imitation crab, and radish sprout, or sample more than 15 specials, including a las vegas roll dispensed directly from the restaurant’s slot machine. Visitors seeking nonraw alternatives can savor one of Shinkou Sushi's many appetizers, salads, and rice bowls, all of which can pair with bottles of sake. In addition to biweekly happy hours, Shinkou Sushi grants free delivery of both cuisine and drinks to patrons ordering $25 minimums within a designated 3-mile area.

24881 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills,
CA
US

Riptide places diners in an exciting eating environment complete with teppanyaki shows and a menu of freshly prepared sushi and Japanese dishes. Watch as teppanyaki chefs master flame, knife, and grill while preparing dishes such as red snapper, a 10 oz. fillet ripped right from the wild, dressed up in fresh herbs and served with baby broccoli ($22.50). Indulge your stomach's request for delicates by selecting from a lengthy sushi menu, which includes more than 15 specialty rolls—wind your mouth around the lobster roll, an assembly of avocado, cucumber, crab meat, and lobster topped by a scrumptious cream sauce ($15). Keep your chewers in shape with shrimp- and crab-stuffed wontons ($10.95), fire-roasted artichoke ($9.95), and kung pao calamari ($9.95), or customize your culinary experience by opting for Riptide's combo, which offers guests their choice of a main course, a sushi roll, and a side dish ($12.95 for lunch; $19.95 for dinner).

27741 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Bluefin: A User's Guide

Japanese-European Fusion | Award-Winning Cuisine | Upscale Sushi Bar | Imported Drinks | Tasting Menu

Sample Menu

  • Sushi: Bluefin roll with king-crab tempura topped with albacore tuna
  • Entree: US Kobe strip-loin steak
  • Drink: imported Sapporo beer

Where to Sit: To get a view of the sushi maestros in action, request a seat at the sushi counter.



Inside Tips

  • Chef Takashi Abe watches diners during their meals to gauge their preferences, and sometimes makes suggestions that are passed along via the server. Gayot suggests taking him up on those recommendations. If you do, "then you are in for a rare treat."
  • Not sure where to start? Consider ordering one of the two omakase options on the dinner menu. These feature chef-chosen selections of certain menu items, including sushi.
  • Don’t be ashamed of just sticking with water. Besides importing sake and beer from Japan, Bluefin also brings in bottles of still and sparkling Antipodes water from what's billed as New Zealand's highest quality aquifer.

Vocab Lesson

  • Amuse-bouche: a small, complimentary dish served before the first course.
  • Kampachi: also known as Almaco jack, this relative of yellowtail and amberjack has firm flesh that strongly resembles tuna, making it a popular choice for sushi.
  • Omakase: chef-selected multicourse dinner, typically focusing on sushi. The word can be approximately translated as "I trust you"—a sign of confidence in the chef's craft.
  • Ponzu: a thin, citrusy sauce usually containing mirin, rice vinegar, and bonito flakes; it may also be mixed with soy sauce.
  • Sashimi: sliced raw fish or meat that, unlike sushi, is not served with rice.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Wasa Sushi at the Market Place (13124 Jamboree Road, Irvine) serves fish so fresh that, according to the Orange County Register, "[it] tastes like it was just snatched from the sea."

7952 East Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Pigging out is not often encouraged, but it's a welcome and apt approach to eating Balboa Barbie-Q's Big Pig sandwich. Starting with hearty heaps of pulled pork and hot links, the sandwich then takes on four slices of bacon and a flood of BBQ sauce. Like all of Balboa Barbie-Q's meats - including ribs, chicken, and brisket - the Big Pig's pork and hot links are slow-smoked daily in a custom-made smoker. From there, the meats fill sandwiches or team up with house-made sides like potato salad and slaw on a platter. And due to the freshly made dishes, the tangy aroma of BBQ sauce wafts throughout Balboa Barbie-Q, encouraging patrons to chow down in bayside eatery's indoor and outdoor dining areas, which offer stunning views of Newport Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, and poker-playing seals.

600 E Bay Ave
Newport Beach,
CA
US

The experienced cleaners at Kapasi Dry Cleaning and Laundry have a soft touch. As they refresh fabrics from homes and closets, they take care to handle each article with utmost care, even as they direct their cleaning prowess on tough stains and daily grime. They demonstrate their gentle handiwork not only by cleaning, folding, and delivering orders, but also by protecting the environment with ecofriendly cleaning products.

13112 Newport Ave
Tustin,
CA
US

The seasoned chefs at Tsunami Sushi augment their tableside cooking techniques with dazzling dramatics, including knife twirling and spatula slinging, as they slice, dice, and sizzle morsels of chicken, steak, and fish atop traditional Japanese teppanyaki-style grills. Sushi gurus also prepare fresh sushi and sashimi rolls as an alternative or supplement to cooked offerings. The full bar offers a lengthy list of liquid meal enhancers, including wine, imported beers, and sake. Valet parking grants patrons a reprieve from finding a space or learning the ancient art of sedan levitation.

17236 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach,
CA
US