Sushi Koto: Traditional Japanese Dining in Orange County
Updated: Jul 4, 2021
18120 Brookhurst St Unit 25
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (714) 964-0988
Average cost: $
Parking: plentiful spaces in the shopping plaza parking lot
Notes: small tables for outdoor dining are available in front of the restaurant (with outdoor space heaters) and there's additional seating in the adjacent courtyard.
Recommended: whenever you'd like a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine
UPDATED 3/21/21: Went back to try Sushi Koto's beloved chirashi bowls and they did not disappoint in the slightest! Fish was fresh, tender, flavorful, and exceptionally complemented by Sushi Koto's impeccable sushi rice. I can't wait to try more of their wide variety of bowls!
I'm a big scallop fan, so I tried the "Hakodate" bowl, which is a pricier bowl, but includes more cuts of premium fish, sweet shrimp, and scallops, as well as miso soup and dessert:
Tim opted for the "Nama Bara" bowl which was a slightly smaller bowl but still had incredibly fresh sashimi, nice variety, and excellent value:
Absolutely loved discovering more layers of fish, tamagoyaki, roe, and krab below (yay for yummy surprises) as we uncovered and made our way through the bowls. If we lived within the delivery radius, Sushi Koto would be a frequent/favorite order for sure...
Sushi Koto is known for its beautiful, fresh, and delicious chirashi bowls. My friend and I had every intention of ordering a few choice bowls to try for our first visit, but we got distracted when we saw a picture of the Omakase Nigiri Set offered on the menu wall... Since both of us love nigiri sushi and reasoned it would be easier and less messy to share, we decided to change up our ordering game plan last minute. The restaurant was super busy (their phone was ringing off the hook with seemingly non-stop take out orders), and we appreciated the thoughtfulness behind coursing out the Omakase Nigiri Set rather than having us wait longer and presenting us with our order all at once as pictured in their menu photo. We also added an order of their mixed tempura for a little contrast and texture.
Our first "course" consisted of yummy pieces of amaebi (sweet shrimp), yellowtail, salmon, tuna, and tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette). These were traditional style, melt in your mouth cuts of fish; the only surprise here was that the salmon was a slightly more chewy texture than expected.
We were excited to see that our second "course" included heavenly hotate (succulent sea scallops), anago (eel), mackerel, and another cut of yellowtail. My friend didn't care for the anago, but I enjoyed its soft texture and sweetness.
Our third "course" was the much anticipated uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) rolls with possibly some tai (sea bream)? The uni was sweet and buttery with a creamy texture, and tasted like the ocean. Naturally, we had to get gratuitous close-up of the uni + ikura rolls; we were happy to find that fresh cuts of salmon and tuna and some surimi (imitation crab) rounded out these decadent rolls.
Last but not least, we ended on a sweet note with some delicious green tea ice cream topped with sweet azuki red beans:
Will definitely be back to try some of Sushi Koto's beloved chirashi bowls, and will be sure to update this post when I do! Have you been to Sushi Koto? Would love to hear what your go-to order is!
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