The Best Sushi in Orange County
Lately, every birthday we've celebrated tended to end in zeroes, and to commemorate another one, we again went to Sushi Noguchi--where the cost of the top-tier omakase also tended to end in zeroes (two of them, in fact).
But when every morsel we ate had us mouthing to each other the words "Oh my God!", I knew it was worth every penny.
If I haven't said it before, Hiro Noguchi makes the best sushi in Orange County.
He has no equal.
Last night, he fed us an omakase dinner that topped the last one, which was already hard to top.
As usual, he introduced us to fish species we'd never heard of; new preparations we'd never seen.
There were teensy weensy Japanese icefish, needle fish with its eponymous pointy nose on display, and golden eye snapper with a shock of brilliant strawberry pink skin.
We ate a luscious ootoro, crunchy deep fried amaebi heads, and a steamed fish ball draped with a creamy slice of halibut.
And then there was his masterpiece: a sashimi plate teeming with flowers and leaves. He took several minutes sculpting, decorating, and tweezing it into perfection. It was so meticulous, it wasn't just a sashimi plate; it was ikebana--and it was breathtaking.
18507 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
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