In the world of high-end seafood, the Japanese are famed for creating some of the best dishes on Earth. For some amazing sushi, go to Umi Sushi (2806 Shelter Island Blvd., 619/226-1135, www.umisushisandiego.com, Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5–10 p.m., $4–11).
If you love your rolls, choose from three-dozen on the menu, plus plenty of nigiri, sashimi, specialty platters, and “sushi boats.”
For folks who love Japanese food but quail at the thought of raw fish, Umi offers hot entrées, noodle dishes, salads, and more. Sit up at the sushi bar to see your food put together, or pick a table out in the classically Japanese-styled dining room.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition