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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yoshida Restaurant and Sushi Bar - San Marino

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I realized after uploading these pictures, and linking to other Japanese restaurant posts, that I eat a wide swath of average sushi. Not that there's anything wrong with that. We can't all dine at high-end restaurants or order the most expensive sushi. Sushi is expensive, yo!

It's like what one of my college friends said while we were eating dim sum at Elite Restaurant - Monterey Park, he can taste the difference between really good and really bad dim sum, but otherwise, most of it is just good. Which is probably why this visit to Yoshida Restaurant and Sushi Bar in San Marino dates to September 2007. I know! I keep meaning to revisit every time I go past it on Huntington Drive, but there are so many other restaurants to try.

So here you go, in case you're in the neighborhood and don't want to drive to Alhambra or Pasadena to get your sushi fix.

During the dinner rush, the sushi bar was full, with a line forming (always a good sign), so we opted to sit at a table.

You'll have to excuse the poor quality of the pictures. They were taken from my very early days of blogging.

We started off with hot green tea.

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Edamame, $3.

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Sea urchin and mackerel. Sometimes Yoshida has fresh sea urchin in its shell. This was not one of those times, obviously. And it was my first time trying sea urchin. It tasted like I swallowed the whole ocean, a mouthful of brine. Luckily, I didn't quit trying and now looove sea urchin. The mackerel was good too.

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I ordered the Sashimi combo with tuna roll, tamago, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, halibut, shrimp, salmon roe, surf clam, $14.50. Yes, it's the "safe" sushi, but a good value for the variety.

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We also ordered some more sushi from the bar. Scallops. Mmm. Sweet.

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Spicy tuna roll.

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Salmon skin roll.

Said in a Phoebe of "Friends" voice. Or was it Rachel who said it?

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And a complimentary orange for dessert.

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Other sushi restaurants:
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Pasadena (Foothill Blvd.)
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Rancho Cucamonga
Kishi Japanese Restaurant - Upland
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tustin
Sushi Komasa - Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)

Yoshida Restaurant and Sushi Bar
2026 Huntington Dr.
San Marino, CA 91108
Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

1 year ago today, Strawberry Lemonade.
2 years ago today, Salsa Verde with Roasted Tomatillos.
3 years ago today, Bulgogi and Kalbi (Korean Barbecued Beef and Short Ribs).

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