Miyabi Sushi, San Francisco, CA

Given Miyabi’s close proximity to the super touristy Fisherman’s wharf, one can’t help to be a little wary. It took me some courage and a very hungry stomach to venture into this establishment.

The restaurant was rather quiet on a Saturday night. The huge dining room was only half full during prime dinner hour and the sushi bar was almost completely empty. My expectation was low and I was thankfully not disappointed.

Miyabi is a typical Korean owned sushi restaurant. If saucy sushi rolls suit your fancy, there are a lot of choices on the menu. Quality of the fish was average. Nigiri was passable but the rolls were actually more likable. Portion is huge. One roll could be enough as a light meal for some.

Sugarfish, Los Angeles, CA

Simple formula, fluidly executed.

Sugarfish is a no-brainer choice by for a quick sushi meal any time of the week, Sunday lunch included. Branded with the name of a celebrity chef, there is no doubt this restaurant chain devises some clever marketing gimmicks. The so called ‘trust me’ option is no real omakase but a mere set menu. That could be quickly forgiven in the name of good food with a more than reasonable price tag.

Even the deluxe ‘trust me’ features rather common fish selection but the quality is good. Sushi rice was prepared with care. Food was served as soon as it is ready and every single piece was at the right temperature. Nothing was too hot nor too cold. Sushi rice was as close to body heat as it could get. And the seaweed on the rolls? Perfectly crisp. It is not very often to get this kind of quality on table service.

The best part? You can get a very satisfying meal with no more than $40. The portion is just right. Don’t worry about having to go home hungry.