While you may assume that your San Diego movers will only be able to point you in the direction of the best pizza joints or neighborhood pubs, you may be surprised when they can tell you where to find some sushi and sake as well. Things are a little different here; locals are more willing to step out of their comfort zone, and try something new from time-to-time. Not really into this scene? Well, if you live here, you have to at least consider broadening your horizons because this city has some of the best venues around.
The Pill Box is about the most popular thing on the menu here. Tuna and shrimp add the finishing touch to avocado, spicy crab, ponzu gold flake and black tobiko.
Don’t worry, you do not have to know what any of these ingredients are for your taste buds to be delighted. Like the idea of visiting a trendy sushi bar, but still not ready to indulge? Check out their Vintage Prime Sirloin that is cooked over hot volcanic rock, right at your table.
Voted as one of the best places to enjoy sake, Nobu is known worldwide, thanks to Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. This is the place to go for happy hour from 5 pm to 7 pm every day, and all night on Wednesday. If you are feeling a little extra adventurous, this is where you can sample rare options, such as live octopus and uni. Their sake menu is extensive too, which even includes a nice selection of aged options.
With its posh black and red décor, you might think you are walking into a nightclub, but this is just one of the trendiest sushi bars in the downtown area. This is the place where everyone seems to go before hitting the clubs. If you love sushi, you will appreciate their tropical-inspired rolls, especially their Pacific Roll, which includes albacore tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, cucumber, mango salsa, tempura, red beet and sautéed cashew nuts. Just imagine all those flavors popping in your mouth at one time.
What makes Roppingi unique is their Kobe Roll. Hosting red meat in sushi is pretty rare in the raw fish world. Of course, what really packs the place though is the sake they carry from the Murai family. It offers richer textures and sweeter selections, so if you have tried sake elsewhere and didn’t like it, you may want to give their selection a try.
The Dragon’s Den
This Asian-inspired bar is sexy and seductive. Their Flaming Dragon Lips are a must try with green mussels, eel sauce and spicy mayo, but their Dragon Roll is a favorite with everyone, made of eel, shrimp tempura, avocado, kankikama and cucumber.
Be warned, you may find yourself addicted to Tajima pretty quickly. This venue offers a vast array of Japanese sake. Unlike many places that only carry sake from one area of Japan, here you will find selections from all over the country.
Even if your San Diego movers don’t eat sushi, chances are good that they are familiar with this venue. With two locations, Harney is known for their lighter dishes that are perfect as a starter for a night on the town. Of course, a small plate wouldn’t be complete without their Hakushiko Ginjo, a smooth and warm sake that sort of just melts away the cares of the day.