10 Best Sushi Restaurants in Metro Phoenix
Pallets Food and Bar
Lauren Saria Dragon roll at Pallets Sushi and Bar
There are places with better sushi offerings than Pallets Food and Bar but the affordability and atmosphere at this downtown spot make it a neighborhood favorite. The restaurant and bar also serves Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, but the sushi menu is the largest of all. There are all the favorites like spicy tuna and salmon rolls, as well as handrolls, sashimi, and nigri sushi. The best part is that the restaurant offers 15 different types of craft beer, so you can wash your meal down with a cold brew of your choice.
Lauren Saria Nigiri sushi from ShinBay
At ShinBay in Scottsdale James Beard Award nominated chef Shinji Kurita creates impressive Japanese cuisine unlike that found anywhere else in town. For a complete experience you'll want to go for the Chef's Course dinner, which starts at $100 for five courses all selected in advance by the chef. Almost always the menu includes a Tsukuri Six, or a plate of six small seafood bites. It's as beautiful as it is delicious and often features fresh octopus, Kumamoto oyster, and tuna tartare. For a smaller and more affordable experience you can also opt for three or four course menus.
Lauren Saria Conch with miso sauce at Hiro Sushi
For a sushi dinner that's less about style and more about great food, Hiro Sushi really can't be beat. The mom and pop restaurant comes courtesy of chef-owner Hiro Nakano, who honed his skills in Japan for more than 25 years before opening his restaurant in north Scottsdale. It's a cozy place with a long sushi bar where chefs dish up excellent sushi in all forms. Be sure to read the special boards that hang behind the bar, as that's where you'll find features like hamachi kama (yellowtail collar) or conch dressed in a sweet miso sauce.
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