unpleasant surprise on a special occasion.
We won't be returning, and unfortunately can't recommend it. We sent something back after tasting it, the server admitted it was frozen not fresh, and the manager wouldn't take the small charge off our bill... ow!
Reminiscient of Tokyo.
I think it's the way the floor plan is set up (actually I don't know), this place reminds me a lot of Tokyo itself. I had a great experience here, the food was good and not pricey unlike many Japanese places, great Spicy Tuna HandRoll (my favorite sushi), and surprisingly, not crowded.
Tachi is really tough to beat.
Tachibana serves some of the best sushi in the area. If you focus on the quality and portion sizes of the fish served, it's tough to fined a better place to go. The sushi chefs are very solid in their craft and often remember preferences even if 3 months have passed between visits.
Kirala, in Berkely, does have a better grill and sake bar, but the wait times at Kirala can ruin an evening.
Come before 8 p.m..
Best sushi experience. My friend and I walked in a little before 8 and was so surprised to see the restaurant half empty--an atypical experience for this usually crowded sushi spot. As a result, the service was exceptional. Our tea cup was never empty, the food came almost instantly, and the noise level was low. The nigiris are excellent as always, with large thick cuts so tender they felt like chilled butter going down my throat.
check out kirala.
Tuesday is a great day to go for sushi and Tachibanal is no exception. Try the poki, garlic albacore or the toro. We usualy get the gyoza or the agedashi dofu for an apetizer. Food is good ( slightly over priced) but they are open until 10pm!
Service leaves much to be disired. If it werent for the continual poor service( a standard in the bay area) I would always recommend.
Best in Berkeley.
This is by far the best sushi I've had in Berkeley so far. We sat at the bar and had the excellent sashimi dinner (which came with more than 9 pieces) along with a sampling of other suggestions from the chef. Everything was phenomenol! Prices are a little higher than some, but on par with a place like Kirala.
What a disappointment! The $17 dollar sashimi dinner only came with 9 pieces of fish. Miso soup was an extra $2 , side salad $3.95 and white sticky rice $2! What a rip off! Although the fish was very fresh, it didnt quite make up for the fact that service was crappy (when asked what kind of sashimi they had, I got a blank stare) and ambience equal to that of a college dorm cafeteria. With some many other better value sushi places around.why go back? I wont!
great food, atmosphere & value!.
Loved the tapas style menu! The blazed duck was tender and sweet - delicious. Chicken stuffed mushrooms we're plump and juicy. Service was both patient and punctual. Don't leave without the deep fried green tea ice cream with rasberry sauce for desert -- it was divine. We'll definitely add this restaurant to our list of favorites.
sushi is divine...
my favorite sushi restaurant by far. unpretentious, food is always fresh, friendly service. never a long wait, consistent taste. some of the chef specials not listed on the menu, such as the slightly seared yellowtail, are the best. not to mention probably the cheapest toro you will find around here. i have yet to try some of their entrees, but i've heard they are good as well.
don't forget to save room for their fried green tea ice cream!