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5 Sushi Spots in San Diego

By Greg Thilmont

Photo couresy of West Pac

11.13.17

San Diego’s culinary scene is auspicious and delicious as notable new Japanese eateries introduce fresh concepts to the city, serving everything from hand-massaged (temomi) ramen noodles to Hawaiian-inflected dishes inspired by the city’s naval history.

PETAL PUSHER
It’s like Cipangu meets Marco Polo when upscale izakaya Cloak + Petal blossoms in Little Italy. Expect cocktail-friendly small plates and handcrafted rolls in a striking, sociable setting. 

GOOD EATS

Say “cheers” with sake glasses at Himitsu, a new slice of classic Tokyo in La Jolla. Created by longtime local favorite sushi chef Mitsu Aihara, the elegant, wood-accented space specializes in jewel-like sashimi, nigiri and beyond. 

OUT OF THE BOX
Asian offerings are expanding on busy Kearny Mesa with J/Wata Temaki Bar, where chef-owner Junya Watanabe will showcase his famed kitchen skills. The menu in the 22-seat bar is set to feature top-quality fish and dishes like flame-blistered Japanese eel. 

RAMEN ‘N’ ROLL
It can’t be a citywide bonanza of Japanese eats without a ramen-centric spot. Out of Oregon comes Ramen Ryoma where miso, shoyu and pork bone broths—plus izakaya-style bites—are all the rage. 

GO WEST
West Pac Noodle Bar in Coronado boasts a menu that spans the Pacific Rim beyond Japan from Singapore to Hawaii. And that means burgeoning bowls of pasta, plus rice and poke, too.