Food & Drink

Every single course at an omakase-only sushi joint from a tsunami survivor

Q Sushi
All images by Jeff Miller

Not just what you call James Bond's Quartermaster's nigiri roll, Q Sushi's also a new omakase-only restaurant whose chef owned a teenie-tiny sushi bar in Japan before the tsunami knocked his original location out and he was poached by a trio of lawyer restauranteurs to open this crazy-traditional, sexily-designed spot. The omakase'll include about 20 courses of his choice, every night. What's it like? Glad you asked...

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Hiro's name should be spelled with an 'e', because he'll be yours, saving you from the plight of less-than-fantastic sushi with superpowers like...

... searing...

... slicing...

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... and fresh wasabi-grating! Yes, everything'll be made in front of you, and yes, the fish'll change depending on what's fresh, and yes, yes, yes -- we ate all 20 courses and took pics of every one...

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You'll start with seared mackerel sashimi, topped w/ just a hint of scallion...

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... and move on to impossibly tender surf clam, with cucumber and a creamy uni sauce.

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We're obviously just at the beginning, but here's your first MVP: bonito topped with a house-made onion sauce...

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... and here's the next one: radish-topped monkfish liver, mild enough that it won't scare-off sushi newbies, and unctuous enough that it deserves its nickname: the foie gras of the sea.

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Actually, you're not gonna believe this, but even the house-made miso's next-level. It's reduced for extra thickness, and then layered with onions for full-bodied flavor.

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OH BOY HERE WE GO. Fluke, topped w/ scratch soy sauce, atop a vinegary traditional rice that's less sweet (and more al dente) than the somewhat-sweet stuff at some of the best LA sushi joints.

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This here's salty Japanese baby snapper...

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... marinated Spanish bluefin and house-made pickled ginger...

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... fatty, moist toro...

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... and the hard-to-find sport fish shad, marinated in vinegar and salt for major, major flavor.

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You thought they were done? Bwahahaha--no. You're gonna eat some Scottish salmon...

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... some New Zealand golden-eye snapper, which you'll devour using your slappers-only...

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... and uni, surprisingly from San Diego rather than Santa Barbara.

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Inago, aka sea eel, is served light on the sauce, in order to bring out its natural flavor...

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... while the tamago, aka egg, is ground and cooked with shrimp to give it a savory umami flavor, which makes it pair greatly with the traditional sweetness of the dish.

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That's where the set menu ends... unless you want more. You want more, right? Something stupid-good, maybe? Here comes "idiot fish"... and it has an amazingly buttery finish.

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You're going to want this toro roll...

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... and, if you have room (editor's note: you have room), this white shrimp.