Jun's Omakase at Sushi Noguchi - Yorba Linda
If you are still unacquainted with the wonderful, mind-bogglingly great restaurant called Sushi Noguchi in Yorba Linda, let me point you to the first few stories I've written on it over the past year:
- Sushi Noguchi - Yorba Linda
- The Best Sushi in Orange County
- 10 Essential Sushi Joints to Say "Omakase"
Okay, are you back?
Convinced that this may be the best sushi restaurant in Orange County yet still can't see yourself spending the $100 per person for Hiro's omakase? OK. Then keep reading, because there is an answer.
It is called "Jun's Omakase".
Jun, you see, is Jun Noguchi, wife of Hiro, and the lovely proprietress who handles the front of the house. If you sit at the table, you'll likely be served by her.
Her eponymous omakase set is priced at $50 per person and though it doesn't include some of the more expensive cuts of fish you'll find in Hiro's top-of-the-line omakase, it satisfies just the same.
I recently tried it and here's what was included in our meal:
A salad of dressed greens in a martini glass with chunks of raw and briefly-seared fish, sprinkled with crispy fried shallots.
A large plate with a lightly tempura'd fish resting on shiso, a bowl of chilled soba to slurp, and Japanese pickles.
Sliced hamachi topped with sliced fresh jalapeno in a pool of ponzu.
Seared tuna steaks floating atop puddles of sesame oil and ponzu.
An assortment of nigiri from the sushi bar, each one with a distinct topping, such as yuzu-kosho.
Gobs of fresh chopped spicy tuna wrapped as a hand-roll in crispy nori.
It's the right price for just the right amount of food and decadence.
If you still consider it expensive, think of this: in OC, there's now a sushi restaurant that charges $170 per person for their lowest level of omakase and $250 per person for a kaiseki meal.
At those rates, $50 seems like nothing.
18507 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
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