Sushi Imari

375 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


  • Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm
  • $$
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Within walking distance of OC Weekly headquarters, Sushi Imari enjoys a cult following of regulars who keep it quietly popular. Let's keep it that way. Do not be fooled by the rolls with names such as Marilyn Monroll and Me Soy Horny. In fact, if you're one of those nigiri purists, you might as well leave your pretentiousness at the door. Have you done it? Good. Now take in a live amaebi and prepare to be floored. The flesh is predictably crunchy and sweet, but watch what they do the heads,: the antennae are gilded in a thin shimmer of tempura batter that hang off like dew drops while the whole head gets rendered into an edible sea chicharon. Then have some uni, so sweet you swear it was made of egg yolk-y custard. Finally, the hamachi kama, which has to be the best rendition of the grilled fish collar anywhere--smoky down to the cellular level, skin gilded in char, flesh supple as fat.

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  • No. 59, Live Amaebi at Sushi Imari
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    If you fancy yourself a sushi purist, you, too, might have dismissed Sushi Imari as a roll-peddler, an entity that would initially appear so diametrically opposed to the respected raw fish masters at Sushi Shibucho and Sushi Wasabi ...


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