This place is a gem. If you are looking for an upscale restaurant at reasonable prices that serves fantastic Asian cuisine with a great ambiance, this is it.
Surrounded by fountains on the outside, its location is very inviting. Walking in, we were warmly greeted by the hostess and some cheerful hellos from the two sushi chefs. I think it was the owner who showed us to our table.
It is a large restaurant capable of seating many, tastefully decorated, with a sushi and separate alcohol bar. The waiter was very helpful and honest; this is a brand new restaurant and he told us what others had complimented on and what was not a tried item yet.
I had my suspicions about how a restaurant can do Japanese, sushi, and Chinese really well (especially in Ventura County), but this place eliminated any doubts. They have a large kitchen that is well-staffed with chefs specializing in their own cuisines, and the sushi chefs seemed to have been well-trained and were creative with their dishes. I really liked their salmon skin special. We also had shrimp off of their health focused menu, and there was an abundance of large succulent shrimp perfectly cooked over a delicious bed of warm spinach. They got it right.
We also tried some of their sushi rolls and nigiri sushi, plus a bowl of Japanese noodle soup (udon), and they all rated pretty high with us. That says a lot given we are picky eaters.
We will definitely come back when we are in the area. It is tucked away around the corner from Staples and across from Bank of America.
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