I meant to make sushi using the rice and salmon from my poke bowl entry, doubt it will get done today. Oh well.
Best sushi I ever had was at a really dubious looking place somewhere in the vicinity of Pasadena. Flew to California for business with a couple of HP labs back in my computer days, took my younger sister and her kids out for dinner. My sister suggested this sushi place. We drove around a bit, pull up in this strip mall with a beauty parlor ( does anyone still call them that? ) a bail bonds place, some other seedy looking businesses.
Japanese couple, perhaps around 80 years old, she ran the front of house, he did the knife work. They spoke some English. Place was *immaculate*, completely unexpected given the looks of the surrounding exterior. Small place, maybe 6 tables and 8 stools along the bar. We chose the stools. When trying out a new place I usually order a spicy tuna roll to start. It is a simple roll, one that quickly tells you how fresh the fish is, how much vinegar the chef puts on the rice, what his idea of 'spicy' is, how tight or loose the rice is packed. Basically shoddy workmanship is immediately evident when there isn't a lot of stuff to hide behind.
I put that first piece in my mouth. The BEST piece of sushi I'd ever eaten. This was maybe 25 years ago, hard to say. Jo's kids were like 7 - 8 years old at that time. They ate a lot of the "Kalifornia Krab" rolls. Me? I waved my hand towards the fish on ice in the glass case, pointed to him and gave him that "Feed Me" look. Omasomething or whatever, I forgot the term used to tell the chef to bring me what YOU like, show me your stuff, you know more about it than I do. I had some good eats! Grilled squid, amazingly tender octopus, rolls with 87 ingredients or just a blob of rice with a simple slice of mackerel, I think, on it. Incredible stuff. When we walked in there were like 2 couples at the tables, both of whom left after 10 - 15 minutes of our arrival. So the chef and his wife had time to devote all their attention to us.
It was an amazing experience.