I believe I've mentioned this story before. I remember the best sushi I ever had. Visited my little sister in Pasadena quite some time ago, took her and the kids to dinner. They wanted to go to this sushi place. We get to some strip mall in a dubious part of town, and there between the beauty parlor and the bail bond place is a sushi joint. I was pretty skeptical until I walked in. An old Japanese couple, she did the seating, he did the slicing. Small place, one couple was leaving as we got there, smiles on their faces. You just got a good feeling about the place.
The kids at that time were pretty young, they liked the crab salad and stuff. I started with his spicy tuna roll - it was THE BEST tuna roll I ever had - rice, seaweed, fish and sauce - why did his taste so much better than any others? After that I didn't use the menu, I pointed to a piece of fish displayed in the cooler and he'd make me a roll using it. Wow.
I'm sure that the couple has passed on, but it was a very memorable evening, I wish it could be repeated.