As you’ve noticed, I eat a lot of sushi. It’s mainly because I know it makes The Annoyer very happy to have his “tasty fish.” Kusakabe is definitely one of the fancier sushi restaurants in the city. Omakase can be for $95 or $150. It should be no surprise that there are sushi places that are even more expensive! As we were celebrating The Annoyer’s birthday, I thought it would be nice to splurge a little and go for the more indulgent option. I’ll follow suit and keep the commentary short, as some other bloggers do with sushi. Sometimes there’s only so much one can say about a piece of raw fish.
Hokkaido Scallop santa barbara uni
Scallop and uni are two of my favorite sushi. The pairing was exciting but I would prefer to eat each separately. It’s hard to appreciate the flavors when they are combined. Still, a very delicious bite.
Sashimi snapper wrapped ankimo on ponzu gelee, bluefin tuna, kamasu lightly grilled, octopus on charcoal bamboo
The sashimi was outstanding. It was served with 2 dipping sauces, fresh wasabi & yuzu onion and soy sauce , I particularly enjoyed the snapper wrapped ankimo. Monkfish liver isn’t usually something I like too much.
Kusakabe was a better experience than what I was expecting. I’ve paid far more for a less enjoyable meal. I would classify the style as mostly traditional, with some more unique and innovative bites interspersed throughout like the halibut with its own liver, the scallop and uni nigiri, snapper wrapped ankimo, etc. I really appreciated that balance of expected and unexpected. On top of that, all the fish was fresh and very tasty. I would definitely put Kusakabe in the top 3 sushi restaurants of this price range. I think The Annoyer had a very happy birthday here.
10 – You NEED to eat here (if you’re a sushi lover with deep pockets)
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here