Mikuni Sushi

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, restaurants

One of the sushi restaurants we went to on our California road trip was in the bay – Mikuni Sushi. Recommended by a friend we often dine out with at home, I figured we could trust it to be good.

It is so good!

We started with cocktails, goose and soda two limes.

We ordered nigiri appetizers. They don’t slice it until you order it – I like that.

Saba (mackerel), sake (salmon) and hamachi (yellow tail).

Saba is one of my favorites, and this was some of the best I’ve had in a while – so flavorful. The sake was buttery and delicious, and hamachi (Jason’s favorite) was also very fresh. We had two of these plates.

While I would be completely fine eating plate after plate of just these three, we followed some specific recommendations for specialty rolls.

Benjamin – tempura shrimp and crab salad topped with jalapenos and unagi sauce, masago and onion. This one was HOT. Should have been called incredible! :)

Incredible – spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, white tuna, avocado, orange and scallop sauces, masago and onion.

We also chose the Judy roll, a simple and fresh spicy tuna and crab salad:

We ended with another appetizer, the Puff Daddy. Tempura shrimp stuffed with crab, topped with Mikuni special sauce. Delicious.

We loved everything we ordered – the fish is extremely fresh, the rolls inventive and tasty. The service was fun and friendly, and the sushi chefs were skilled and quick. I am already thinking I need to join Jason on another business trip in the near future so we can enjoy Mikuni again!

We liked it so much, we went a second time in the few days we were there.

We mixed it up for our second visit, beginning with the cocktails. We had the Mikuni Cosmopolitan – vodka, plum wine and cranberry juice.

We started with the Judy this time. So good.

We also had another Puff Daddy.

Saba and sake. Even better than the first time, if possible!

I ate them sashimi style this time

The roll we chose the second trip was the Japanese Mafia – scallop, crab, shrimp and avocado topped with fresh salmon, two sauces, masago and onion.

One of my favorite rolls, I’d definitely order this one again. I’d order any of them again!

Jason loved this photo in the corner where we sat. I had to share.

Are you a sushi fan? What is your favorite?

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{ 73 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) May 20, 2011 at 5:22 am

My Jason would have loved to have dined with you guys – especially with the first cocktail 😉 Not eating meat, I don’t think I quite get the whole sushi experience.


2 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

the vodka soda? that’s my standard :) when I first met Jason he would eat the safe (cooked!) sushi – just the last couple years he has gotten adventurous and LOVES the good stuff now… :)


3 Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketchfreevegan May 20, 2011 at 5:24 am

mmmmm I looove sushi! My favourite is probably plain avocado roll (I know boring eh?) I just like the texture!


4 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:49 am

not boring, it’s one of my favorites!!


5 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 20, 2011 at 5:27 am

Mmm! That is some tasty looking sushi! I think my favorite is fatty tuna that has been torched on the outside for a smokey barbeque flavor. Then maybe sea eel, love how soft it is.


6 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

I love the torched ones too – the salmon is my favorite that way. now I’m craving it – for breakfast! :)


7 Lisa Fine May 20, 2011 at 5:32 am

I love sushi!

As someone who rarely eats fish [pretty much only when I’m traveling abroad and can’t eat as a vegetarian], I usually stick to veggie rolls. I love rolls with tempura sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, squash, seaweed. They’re all delicious. We just made hand rolls for dinner the other night, which were easy and fun.


8 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

fish is pretty much the only non vegetarian food I eat… sushi especially. I do love some vegetable sushi, too – avocado rolls, asparagus rolls, I just recently made my first sweet potato roll! :)


9 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

That last picture is hilarious!!!

Sushi is such a work of art — the colors are always so beautiful!


10 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

isn’t it funny? :) I love the colors too, always pretty!


11 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 20, 2011 at 5:50 am

Be still my stomach.


12 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:45 am

hmm… I cannot figure out if this comment is good or bad? 😉


13 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hahahaha….OK, I see now how that might be misinterpreted.

It’s the Miss Smart way of saying, “Hold up. My stomach is all aflutter with it’s jealousy of your meal.” :)


14 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

okay, good! 😉 I kinda thought so, then I was thinking, Hmm. does raw fish gross her out?? ha!


15 Christin@purplebirdblog May 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

Good lord on a stick, these choices are PERFECT!! Saba is hands down my favorite sushi fish to eat sashimi style, with escolar as a close second!


16 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

well, then I cannot wait to have some sushi with you someday!! :) saba is a favorite of mine and my brother, and we love to go to our favorite sushi places together! this saba was SO good…


17 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

Oh yum!!!!!!!!!!! I love sushi and both these meals look amazing!

We have a fantastic sushi place where I live, but they aren’t overly adventurous with their rolls! I would love to go somewhere like this!


18 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

I was craving it again last night as I was going through the photos – YUM! the rolls were really great, although I think I’d forgo more outrageous rolls for REALLY great fresh fish, you know? :)


19 Dorry May 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

That’s it! I HAVE to eat sushi tonight. And I’m not complaining. :) HILARIOUS photo canvas at the end. I think Billy would have tried to steal it. I love sushi, and would LOVE to eat sushi with you and Jason. And Billy, too. I could eat about a pound of pickled ginger.


20 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

you and Jason both with the ginger! I like it but don’t eat a lot of it with sushi… the wasabi, though, I generally have to order more! :) I think Jason and Billy could have great shenanigans together – I think Jason wanted to take it too… we went to this place twice and he kept looking at it – HAD to take a photo! :)

enjoy sushi if you have it tonight – you know I could eat it every day!! XXO!


21 Lisa May 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

My mouth is watering. It looks so tasty! I love sushi. But it’s a new love. I couldn’t eat it until about 3 years ago.


22 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

all that matters is you changed your ways and love it now, Lisa!! 😉


23 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers May 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

Who knew raw fish could be so pretty? I’m a sushi fan, but I’m not a sake fan. I think the hubby secretly likes that I don’t enjoy sake – he gets the carafe to himself!


24 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I’m not really a sake fan either – and I always make sure when I am ordering the SALMON “sake” they know I mean fish!! 😉 I can drink A LITTLE, but it’s a bit strong for me to drink straight.


25 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons May 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

Well now that’s just mean =) obviously we’re all beyond jealous! mwah!!!!!!


26 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

aw, girl, please don’t stop reading! I’m posting more vacation stuff soon… 😉


27 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm


And OMG the wall pic! 😀 Wahahahaaaaaaaaaa, with a whole fish in the sushi roll! 😀 😀 😀


28 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I know, I had a major craving as I was uploading these photos and making this post last night – I may go have sushi tonight… 😉 isn’t that picture a RIOT?? 😀


29 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

It totally is! I’m actually not sure if he *ate* that thing … But I know that in some sushi restaurants they serve *wriggling* fish 😯 and that almost falls into the same category for me. (Thus, not the category I’d order from.)

Yay comment conversations!


30 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

yes – YAY, I love when we actually are on at the same time – happens every so often 😀 and NO – I will not eat anything um, wriggling. ditto to anything served on someone’s body!! (I don’t know where these places are except on television and Sex and the City – where sushi is arranged on a naked person – EW!)


31 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Seriously? I think there’s nothing like that around here. (We’re reputable over here. ;)) But honestly, I think having to eat from a naked women’s body would totally spoil the sushi for me. (Having to eat from a naked man’s body even more – imagine all the *hairs* you’d have in the sushi! 😯 😯 😯 No, better don’t. ;))

32 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Anyways, I think there aren’t any places where sushi is actually served on men. (Phew! :D)

33 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Oops, I ruined your layout. :( Sorry!


34 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

haaa – that’s funny! (and HOW did you even manage that??) 😀


35 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I just stuffed it all into one line! 😀


36 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

very talented! 😉


37 S @ extremebalance.net/blog May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

That was gorgeous! I wouldn’t have been brave enough to try half of what you did (I’m a sushi wimp, through and through), but it’s SO pretty that I’m disappointed in myself, instantly. :)


38 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Jason used to only do the “safe” (cooked!) stuff too – now he LOVES the nigiri! :) there’s hope for you yet, my dear!! (perhaps you can try on our future meetup with Kath and three dachshunds!) 😀 XO!


39 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

We could also make sushi ourselves, and make some nigiri for S with the smoked tofu she likes so much (and then dig into the fish and seafood ourselves :D).


40 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

even better, Kath!! we WILL have the kitchen! (and MORE FOR US!) 😉


41 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

😀 😀 😀

42 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles May 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I’ve tried sushi a few times, but the texture really gets to me! I feel like it’s one if those foods that people either LOVE or absolutely hate – no mediocre fondness. Hah!

I must the presentation is really beautiful though!


43 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

I completely agree, and sort of like cilantro?? you love it or detest it. I’m glad you tried, and more than once! That is a valiant effort to be commended!! :) I have tried SO many times with cilantro (mainly when I order something without and they add it anyway, and I am so hungry…) and just cannot do it. hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, Courtney!!


44 Christine (Merf) May 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I’ve always been a sushi fan, but I’m enjoying the raw fish less these days. I’ve loved mackerel sometimes, but if it’s not perfect, it’s downright repugnant. Salmon is one of my favorite, and yellowtail. Eel. yummm!!!


45 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 7:53 am

I (thankfully!) have not had a bad piece of fish, but I know how that could possibly turn me off for a long time! Mackerel is one that is really really good or… eh? really quick. Salmon is one of my favorites too – and Jason loves yellowtail! Eel used to be my favorite, and one time I had what felt scaley or boney, and don’t eat it as much now… love the flavor though! < -- and YES, that is the point you were making?? Not as enjoyable after a FISHY piece! ;)


46 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka May 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Hahahaha, that picture of the cowboy holding the fish sandwich is cracking me up! I love random “art” like that. The Benjamin and Incredible look amazing, I think they would make me re-enact the scene from when Harry met Sally but for real!! :)

Puffy daddy looks great too and he changed his name yet again-whats up with that? Was thinking about you today when I saw a Mustang on the road driving back up to Charlotte-was Basil with you?


47 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love art like that too – kitschy? :) that Puff Daddy! always changing. delicious, though. and now it’s getting weird. 😀 many of the rolls had fun names – like the Marilyn MonRoll.

we didn’t take Basil, only because we had so many plans for restaurants, wine tasting and events… (although he may have been welcome at the wineries!) and one of the places we really wanted to stay with didn’t allow pets. we are planning another road trip that will be much more outdoorsy, campy, where we can bring Basil along! :)


48 Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

Hi Kristina! I came here from Kath’s guest post. It seems like you just traveled to the Bay Area and I’m from the Bay. :-) I’ve been to Mikuni many times when I first came to the US, yes Sacramento was my first city I lived in when I was 20 which is like 15 years ago. I was shocked Mikuni now has so many stores! Seems like you enjoyed Sushi there. And I saw your picture of Bouchon. That’s one of my favorite bakery and I would just go there to pick up pastries if I don’t have 2 kids. LOL. Thanks to Kath, I’m so happy I found your blog and I’ll be following you.


49 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

hello Nami!! thank you for saying hello! 😀

I was born in Sacramento, although I have not spent much time there since we left (when I was three). I understand the Fair Oaks Mikuni was their first location, there for many years before another opened? One review said it was run by the family and they recall the grandfather coming around to tables, making radish roses for the kids… sounds great! Looks now like the family feel is not so prevalent, but the service was good and the food great!

we love Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery also! Many times this trip there was a LINE OUT THE DOOR of the bakery!! a normal occurrence, I’m sure!

Have a great weekend, Nami!!


50 Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses May 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I adore sushi. As my son might say…I love it so much I would want to marry it. However, it’s a pricey love affair that I haven’t been able to justify since quitting my job. Soon, though. Very soon. For now…I’ll just keep making my own versions. :) That picture is freaking hilarious. :)


51 spabettie May 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I like Rolling My Own too – ha! and I am SO curious as to what you have going on, SO excited for you!


52 hihorosie May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

sushi and sashimi always look so incredible and brightly colored and I want to eat it all. Definitely food porn. But I always struggled with texture so didn’t get into it much. I tried, I really did! But then soon after I switched eating habits anyway so little fishies were no longer on my menu. ha ha! I’m not vegan (but do try) so I’m veggie instead but sometimes I’m tempted by these little things…esp when there’s soy sauce and wasabi to be consumed. 😀


53 spabettie May 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

you can make some DELICIOUS veggie sushi – my favorites are asparagus rolls, avocado rolls and sweet potato… SO good. then they can be vehicles for that soy sauce, ginger and wasabi! 😀


54 hihorosie May 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yes! I do enjoy veggie rolls – so good! And as long as the nori is toasted and not raw, we are good to go. :) One of those things I can’t and won’t (ever again) do raw.


55 spabettie May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

and I’d be fully vegan if it weren’t for sushi… 😀


56 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

haaa – yes, either way it just sounds GRODY. you’re reputable! leave it to us Silly Americans! (seriously, UGH.) 😉


57 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

eek, I hope not. I’ve only seen it (seriously, in movies, I cannot even recall now, but MORE THAN ONCE – GAAH!) served on women. bad enough!

oh, and sorry for the interruption in our conversation! :( I opened another tab in safari to converse on YOUR blog at the same time (efficiency in our fun!) and it started beach-balling. I got up, mixed cookie dough, put them in the oven and came back – STILL beach-balling. I had to force quit. here I am *wave*


58 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

*wave*! 😀 😀 😀 I’m still here! 😀 (Doing my comment round at 2:37 am. ;))

(Why do your comments have a blue background, all of a sudden? If anything, they should have a pink background! 😀 Did you notice I wrote *your* post almost completely in PINK? – Of course you did. ;))

How are the cookies doing?


59 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

oh, my gosh, how weird is that?? I bet it’s because we’re chatting and there’s only so many comments in one string… as they keep indenting… so the color may indicate it’s still part of the thread? that’s weird, and YES, it should be pink!!

you should have seen my blog when I first started, it had a pretty bright pink background. then it became lighter pink. then I realized less is more… 😉 and yes, I loved your whole write up, and that it was pink colored. 😀 and that you used the running doxie that I used for you!! seriously made me smile.

Basil is sitting here in his napping doughnut shape – he sends his love!

cookies are out and cooling now – this is my second batch of them since we’ve been home (2 days, and I make 1/2 batches) they are THAT good! I’ll be posting soon… Mmm. they have BEANS in them 😀


60 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

and when I say pretty bright I mean… MIGHTY bright. not calling it pretty. 😉 (although how can pink not be??)


61 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Beans??? 😀 😀 😀 I want to bake with beans! A friend has just sent me a recipe for bean brownies, I want to make them soon! Can’t wait to see your cookies! 😀

*awoooooooooooooooo* to Basil!


62 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

in my blog birthday post I linked to my very first post… did you see it?? 😀


63 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Not yet! But in a minute! 😀



64 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm


(Too bad it’s not pink anymore. ;))


65 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

DUH – should have linked. –> beanie brownie


66 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

ha – I know… it would be kinda neat if it would revert with old posts, you know? maybe not. some of those old posts are pretty crazy, but the recipes are GOOD. 😉 bean brownies are SO good – I can’t wait for you to make yours – you’re going to love them!


67 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m sure I will! 😀

Have you ever thought about making a recipe index? I know that would be a terrible lot of work in this state of blog progress, but I often regret that I can’t find your older (awesome) recipes anymore so easily. You could just index some highlight recipes … hm, although there’ll also be many …


68 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

yes, I have thought about doing that… my mom said the other day my search doesn’t work all that well… she cannot find things easily either. I need to work on it, but HAA yes, that’s a huge undertaking. worth it, though, as I’m not going anywhere and I want this to be as user friendly as possible. 😀


69 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Maybe just start and work on it a little every now and then. That would help a lot already. :) (The cinnamon bean chili should be included! And the craprese sticks! And ………….. ;))

I’m going to bed now, it’s past 3 am here. Thank you for all the Smileys, I just saw them coming in! 😀

See ya tomorrow! :)


70 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

yes, go get some sleep, my friend!! take care, see you tomorrow!


71 spabettie May 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

craprese. some might think you DON’T like them. 😉


72 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Have a lovely evening! And good night. :)


73 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

You know, there’s always the possibility to switch the mozzarella for chicken! 😉 And apart from that, I always value beauty very highly!

Now bed. :)


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