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.
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).
Japanese-European Fusion | Award-Winning Cuisine | Upscale Sushi Bar | Imported Drinks | Tasting Menu
Where to Sit: To get a view of the sushi maestros in action, request a seat at the sushi counter.
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."
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.
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.
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.