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Sushi Sho, El Cerrito CA

on February 16, 2013

Sushi Sho was open in Berkeley off Solano for a number of years. However, he closed shop there almost three years ago and said he’d be back. After watching “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” a documentary about a sushi chef in Japan, I remembered to check and see if Sushi Sho was back open. They are!!! I did a happy dance around the living room. I also told Jene the only thing I wanted was to go there today for my birthday. He happily obliged.

This is, in my opinion, the BEST sushi restaurant in the San Francisco area. Chef/owner Aki-san is a purest and it shows. If you want big rolls with lots of stuff, don’t go here. If you want staff who will wait on you hand and foot, don’t go here. And finally if you’re starving to death or in a rush, don’t go here! Aki-san only seats diners at the bar and there are only about 9 seats. However, it is worth the wait and it is worth the price.

As you walk in the door, you right away notice that it is a small restaurant. It is an L shaped bar with about 14 seats but Aki-san usually only seats 9 people because he’s the only person preparing the sushi. He has a couple of tables for people to sit at while they wait but food is not served at the tables. I believe that this is much more like a traditional sushi restaurant in Japan.


That being said, the ambiance is quiet and you can talk to the people seated around you. I wound up talking to all three other couples seated at the bar while we were there tonight. It is very much about the sushi and Aki-san will explain everything from how to hold the sushi and how to place it in your mouth to why wasabi is an important facet in eating sushi. This is pretty much nagiri and sashimi. The quality of the fish is out standing and the flavors are magnificent. Aki-san also makes something called Bateria. This is a pressed sushi made with either salmon or mackerel.


In the picture, the one on the left is made with the mackerel and the one on the right is salmon. The fish is topped with a very thin sheet of vinegar soaked kelp. A description of how it is made can be found here.

Aki-san serves your sushi in the order that he feels best compliments the flavors, leaving the sweetest pieces for last, such as the sea eel and egg. Our meal tonight was Hamachi (yellow-fin tuna), Anago (sea eel), Sake (salmon), cold smoked Sake (omg this is amazing), Saba (mackerel), Uni (sea urchin roe), Saba Bateria, Salmon Bateria, a California roll, Tamago (egg) and blue fin Toro (tuna belly). Oh! How could I forget…. The fresh scallop! Aki-san serves the sweetest, bestest scallops EVER!

Anyway, it was lots of wonderful flavors and textures and I enjoyed every bite of it. As I sit here writing this I wish I had some more with me to nibble on lol. It’s a little pricey, we spent $120 not counting tip, but not really much higher than any other good sushi restaurant. It’s probably a good thing it’s almost an hour away because I would find reasons to eat there more often if it was closer lol. If you’re any where within an hour or two, it’s worth the drive!


3 responses to “Sushi Sho, El Cerrito CA

  1. Vicki says:


    Sounds like you had a very nice birthday dinner, hope the rest of your day was just as good!

    • My day was fantastic! I laid in bed until we drove out to Manteca to purchase Jene’s new handgun and then we went straight to Sushi Sho and amazingly enough we were seated right away. 😀

  2. Vicki says:

    Oh good, glad to hear you had a nice one! Details on the new gun, sounds intriguing!

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