There’s a lot to choose from when dining at Sushi Noguchi. You may order a la carte, or sit at the sushi bar and allow the chefs to take charge of your meal.
I’ve always been a fan of Hiro’s Omakase at Sushi Noguchi, and we almost always end up going with this option. Recently, I decided to try something different. Jun’s Omakase ($50) is a lovely five- to six-course meal, featuring both raw and cooked dishes. What you receive will depend on what’s fresh and available — pretty much leaving it in the hands of the chef.
Albacore Salad — albacore tuna sashimi is served on a bed of baby greens with cherry tomatoes, baby corn, asparagus and crispy onions. A good appetizer-sized portion comprising varying textures that’s pleasant on the palate. I love the light vinaigrette that whets the appetite, and tantalizes the taste-buds for what’s to come.
Yellowtail Sashimi — I love raw fish. Everything about this course is awesome. I wanted some heat from the jalapeno garnish, but there was none, not anyone’s fault… just the luck of the draw.
Amuse Bouche — this is a taster of three items including: Kurobota kakuni, a tender piece of braised pork belly, brimming with savoriness; grilled sea bream collar served with Chef Hiro’s house-made ponzu sauce; and shrimp swirl pop, a shrimp coated with breadcrumbs and fried to perfection. This seems extremely generous served as one course, as it can well be considered as three individual omakase courses, served separately.
Spicy Tuna Tartare — seasoned tuna tartare served on a crispy wonton chip. The soft tartare works well with the crunch of the chip, providing textural contrast in each bite.
Classic Nigiri Sushi — four pieces of sushi topped with yellowtail, salmon, bluefin tuna, and halibut. No explanation required.
Baked Bluecrab Handroll — baked blue crab seasoned with Hiro’s house special mayo, and rolled with soy paper. So much umami going on in this final item.
It may not look like it, but there is a lot of food involved here. I am already full after the fifth course, but the handroll is absolutely not to be missed.
If you haven’t visited Sushi Noguchi in a while, make a reservation and give Jun’s Omakase a try. It’s an incredible deal for the amount of food you get!
18507 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, CA 92886