James Hamamori

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Chef-Driven Event To Fight Breast Cancer Coming October 27

    "It started with my fear of dying-- that everything goes with me." To say that Geeta Bansal has been through a lot is an understatement. As chef of Clay Oven and a Stick A Fork In It contributor, her emotional journey as a breast cancer patient sent her to places that weren't always geographical. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    No. 68, Okaki Asparagus at Hamamori

    With everyone's love of all foods with a face, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that good eats can be dug up from the veggie patch. So when we think of a mean, green snack worthy of our countdown, there's one obvious answer-- and it's even featured on a happy hour menu.Across the Bridge of Gard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Drunk After Work: Hamamori

    The Place: Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 3333 Bear St., Suite 320, Costa Mesa; 714-850-1549; Hours: Every day, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.The Deal: Signature cocktails and sushi rolls for $7; assorted appetizers up to $9; house wine and sake for $5.

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    January 6, 2012

    10 Great Sushi Restaurants in Orange County

    ​You don't put out a Top Ten list of sushi joints in OC and not inspire some discussion. I'd be disappointed if this one didn't. So the comment board is open for objections, inclusions and even agreement on the ten we've chosen.Without further ado, the list:

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Notes From A Grubfest At South Coast Plaza

    Mall restaurants aren't everyone's first choice when dining out, but South Coast Plaza is surely an exception? Not the fast-food joints and run-of-the-mill chains, of course, but the higher-end spaces. Name one other shopping center in the US that's home to a trifecta of the caliber of Hamamori, Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    On the Line: Executive Chef James Hamamori of Hamamori

    ​An early pioneer of the sushi conveyor belt concept in New York, James Hamamori worked at Asakuma in Los Angeles before teaming up with entrepreneur Bronnie Lee and opening the first of several Wasa Sushi outlets. Hamamori, located in the satellite wing of South Coast Plaza, followed in December ... More >>

  • Food

    May 15, 2008
  • Food

    January 24, 2008

    What Rent Payment?

    Hamamori is pricey, but worth every bite