Kikusui Sake

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Chrysanthemum Water Orange County OC Sushi World Sake

One of the most popular sakes out there right now is Kikusui Junmai Ginjo. It's brewed with rice, water, and yeast out of Niigata-ken and is considered a dry sake. It's also called, "Chrysanthemum Water." We have heard from several customers that they notice hints of cantaloupe with a slight banana aroma in this sake Or maybe, you might taste something different? If so, we'd love to hear about it! It goes great with all kinds of sushi so it's a great one to get in general. We always have both a small bottle and a large bottle chilled and ready to serve.

Happy Bar Happy Hour

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There's no doubt our sushi bar is always happy during our Happy Hour, which is all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other weekdays from 2pm till 5pm. Our chefs love taking care of our customers and it shows. Our customers love it too, especially if they're paying for $2.50 sushi (for 2 pieces, 8 to choose from), $3.50 appetizers (over 10 to choose from), $2.50 sake, and $10 Sapporo pitchers. And there are still other items on our HH menu to make you happy. We want you to start ever week off right: happy. What's the point to life if you're not happy?

Sushi. Sake. Leave Dad Alone.

Sushi Sake Leave Dad Alone for Father's Day Perfect Quiet No Sports Orange County OC Sushi World

We can read all father's minds for Father's Day. All they want is sushi, sake, and for everyone to leave them alone. Yeah, that's pretty accurate. Fathers don't want to celebrate anything. They just want to eat, drink, and to be left alone. It's kinda funny that Father's Day lands on the calendar when there's not much sports going on. Yes, there's baseball but there's no football, basketball, or even hockey. It would be awesome if Father's Day was just a little earlier in the year.

$10 Sapporo Pitcher All Day Mondays & Tuesdays

$10 Sapporo Pitcher All Day Happy Hour Mondays Tuesdays Orange County Sushi World OC

Every Monday and Tuesday, you should come into Sushi World just to have a pitcher. It's only $10 all day on both days. Why? Because it's our Happy Hour. And what better way to get happy than with a $10 Sapporo pitcher. After you're all lubricated, you might as well order some $2.50 sushi, $3.50 appetizers, and a bunch of other specials on our HH menu. And yes, there are plenty of items to choose from. And if you need even more alcoholic lubrication, there's always $2.50 sake.

Get Ready for Summer!

No Carbs Salmon Carpaccio Jalapeno Yellowtail Ready for Summer Orange County OC Sushi World

Yep, we're in June already. How's the beach body coming along? We thought so. Luckily for you, we have some no carb options for ya. Two of our favorite items on the menu are Salmon Carpaccio and Jalapeno Yellowtail. As you can see, both clearly have no rice in them but are definitely full of flavor. Our Salmon Carpaccio consists of salmon sashimi slices and dressed with our own ponzu sauce with sesame seeds, green onions, and red onions.

Another Anime Event?

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We did an anime night last year and it was fun. We'd love to do it again! We're just putting it out there but if anyone is interested, we would love to host another one. Come dressed up in your favorite anime outfit and we will reward you with something nice. Best costume of the night will win something even nicer. And if we get enough input, we can play an anime movie or show on the tvs. We will open it up to everyone's suggestions. Sushi, sake, and some anime fun sounds like a pretty awesome night. Let us know what y'all think and we'll put it together.

Let's Drink Sake!

Shirakabe Gura Kiku Masamune Taru Kikusui Kuorsawa Sake Orange County OC Sushi World

We can't seem to eat sushi without sake. It's like a habit instilled in us as kids. Um, that doesn't sound right. Oh well. Yes, we love sake. And there are so many varying types now it makes it fun to try them all out. Our top 4 sake are Shirakabe Gura, Kiku-Masamune Taru, Kikusui, and Kurosawa. Have you had the privilege of trying out all of them? You could have, if you had attended one of our sake tastings. In any case, if you would like to find out more about any particular brand, please feel free to ask us or your server when you come on in.

Masago vs Ikura

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We like to drop a little sushi knowledge every now and then because we feel it's necessary so that you know what you're eating and you get what you want. We have often received questions about the difference between these two and here it is. They are both roes, or the eggs of fish. Masago, is much smaller and it makes sense, because they come from small fish. Ikura is generally Salmon roe, because they are a bigger fish and therefore, produce bigger eggs. Because Masago is much smaller, it's kinda crunchy when you bite into them.

Free Dessert For Moms

Free Dessert Mother's Day Prix Fixe Meal Orange County OC Sushi World

That's right, ladies and gents. We are giving away a free dessert to all Moms on Mother's Day! Come on in for one of our Prix Fixe meals for mom or just order whatever Mom wishes for Mother's Day. Afterall, she deserves it! After she's through with the meal, she can select to eat her free dessert there or we will gladly pack it to go for her. We might have some other surprises up our sleeves for Mom so be sure to give us a call and make your reservations now while there's still time. We love all Moms!

Salmon Skin Hand Roll in Sesame Wrapper

Salmon Skin Hand Roll Sesame Wrapper Paper Happy Hour All Day Orange County OC Sushi World

If you prefer, we can make any sushi roll with a sesame wrapper (or paper) instead of the usual seaweed wrapper. It's really a preference of choice. You might find that you like certain hand rolls with one wrapper over the other. We really don't mind. Just let our sushi chefs know and they'll gladly make the adjustment. In this picture, you'll see our Salmon Skin Hand Roll with the Sesame Wrapper. It's only $3 during our Happy Hour which is all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other weekdays from 2pm till 5pm.

Jalapeno Yellowtail for the Win

Jalapeno Yellowtail Sesame Seeds Ponzu Orange County Sushi World OC

You can never go wrong when you order our Jalapeno Yellowtail. It's low in carbs, women love it, it's great on dates, and it's extremely tasty! It all starts with perfectly sliced sashimi pieces laid out on our plate. It's then dressed with a ponzu mixed sauce and a jalapeno sauce blend along the top that has a lot of flavor and is not too spicy. And then we sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top. Yep, it's pretty perfect. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of our friends out there! Yep, we chose to post about this dish because it had jalapeno in it.

Live Sweet Shrimp - Amaebi

Amaebi Live Sweet Shrimp Specialty Specials Board Sushi Bar Chefs Orange County OC

Beautiful, translucent, sweet shrimp. Yum. Yep, they're in stock and alive for the taking. Absolutely one of our favorite items so we always eat them ourselves when they're in stock. Our chefs masterfully serve up the tails of the amaebi with a just a hint of wasabi and rice, if you'd like. They then deep fry the heads for you so you can just eat those like fries, except these are much better. If you do dip it in soy sauce, make sure you only dip it a bit. Doesn't need much because the shrimp itself is so darn tasty.

Salmon Slabs

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Yeah, we've got these slabs of salmon just lying around, waiting for you to come on in. And you should, especially during Happy Hour, which is all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other weekdays from 2pm till 5pm. Why? Because Salmon sushi is only $2.50 during our HH. You get 2 pieces of sushi per order so that comes out to be only $1.25 per sushi. The other sushi available for the same price during HH are albacore, yellowtail, peppered salmon, escolar, masago, nato, and shrimp. And don't forget about our other HH specials: $2.50 sake, $3.50 appetizers, and $10 Sapporo pitchers.

Sushi, Sake, Sounds - Every 3rd Wednesday

Yummy Roll Beats DJ Ryan Live A1 Ayebert Sushi World Sake Sounds Escolar Lemon Serrano Pepper

That's right. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, DJs invade Sushi World to provide a nice, entertaining evening of Sushi, Sake, and Sounds. From 6pm to 9pm, DJ Ryan Live, DJ A-1, and DJ Ayebert are all in the mix providing you with those feel good tunes. Come out and see what it's all about and get some awesome sushi and sake in the process. You can even get one of our awesome sushi rolls, like the pictured Yummy Roll, which always lives up to its name because it's packed with flavor!

Cypress Roll - Strawberries & Shrimp Tempura

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It's been a minute since we've posted about one of our sushi rolls. Let's get back on track with our signature roll, our Cypress Roll! It's center consists of shrimp tempura, cucumber, and avocado. It's topped with our snow crab mix, strawberries, and a sweet sauce. So, as you can tell, it has not raw fish in it so it's very sushi-virgin safe. Despite that, it is still very delicious and tasty. We wouldn't name it after the city we're in for nothing. It's been a minute. That's really a weird new expression these kids have come up with nowadays.

Beef Tataki - Happy Hour Item

Beef Tataki Orange County OC Happy Hour All Day Mondays Tuesdays Appetizers Sushi World

Just because it's not fish, don't disregard our Beef Tataki on the Happy Hour menu. It's an incredibly tasty item that we carefully make in-house. It is raw but you won't even notice it when you put it in your mouth. After it's been marinated, seared, and then aged, we carefully slice the beef into little medallions and then lightly dress them. An order is only $3.50 (along with 10+ other appetizers) during our Happy Hour, which is all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other weekdays from 2pm till 5pm.

Happy Sushi Weekend

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What consists of a happy sushi weekend? Well, sit on down at our sushi bar one of these weekends and you'll soon find out. We have a number of different omakase-style meals where it's our sushi chef's choice on what to serve you. It's a great deal and you'll get to sample a variety of our freshest sushi. The sushi in this picture is just a few of the items that we regularly feature at our sushi bar, like truffle salmon, red snapper, and jumbo scallops. Make sure you get a good sake to compliment your sushi weekend for it really won't be complete without it.

Delicious Uni

Uni Sea Urchin Specials Board Close Up Sake Pairing Premium Sushi Bar Orange County OC

Yep, it's not for everyone. But for those who know how delicious Uni is, this close-up should make your mouth water. You can see the texture, which although looks like your tongue, it just melts in your mouth like butter. It's almost always on our specials board so just holler it out to our awesome sushi chefs and they'll whip up a few orders for you. It definitely goes well with one of our premium sakes. If you ever need help deciding on a sake pairing, don't hesitate to ask our servers or our chefs (if they're not too busy) for an appropriate sake that will best suit your liking.

Smoked Albacore Hand Roll

Smoked Albacore Hand Roll Happy Hour Best in Orange County OC Sushi World

A very popular item that's on our Happy Hour menu that nearly does not get enough attention is our Smoked Albacore Hand Roll. It's only $4 each during Orange County's best Happy Hour, which is all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other weekdays from 2pm till 5pm. This close-up picture should give you a pretty good view of what it consists of: plenty of smoked albacore, fried onions, cucumber, and some other secret goodies. Also available during our HH is our $2.5 sushi, $3.5 appetizers, $2.5 sake, and $10 Sapporo pitchers. Just about everything you might need to be happy.

Hotategai - Scallops

Hotategai Scallops Raw Sushi Specials Board Orange County OC Sushi Bar

A very common item on our specials board is our Hotategai, better known as Scallops. If you do come in and see it on there, be sure to order at least one serving. It's definitely a different texture and taste from regular fish sushi. If you are familiar with cooked Scallops, raw Hotategai has the same texture except that it might be a bit softer. And its flavor is very refreshing and feels more meaty than your typical raw fish sushi.

Smoked Salmon Collar

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A very common item on our specials board is our Smoked Salmon Collar. The meat around the collar of the salmon is especially buttery and delicious already. And searing the salmon collars were good but smoking them adds a whole other level of flavor and texture that is absolutely out of this world. The other nice thing about this item is that anyone, even non-sushi lovers, can enjoy this. It is fully cooked and comes with rice, salad, and some ponzu sauce. We always do the smoking ourselves so you know it's fresh. Try it out on your next visit. You won't regret it.

Orange County's Best Sushi Chefs

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We are nothing without our awesome sushi chefs. Day in and day out, they take care of all of our customers with the utmost, professional care and love for all the food that we serve. During the day between lunch and dinner, you can usually find them prepping away, as you can see from this picture. Coincidentally, if you come during this time, we also have Happy Hour every day from 2pm till 5pm.

Best Deal in Orange County!

Best Deal Orange County OC Cypress Happy Hour All Day Sushi World Peppered Salmon Escolar Yellowtail

Our happy hour is not only the best deal in Orange County but it's also available all day on Mondays and Tuesdays! Why? Because we want to make sure you start your work week off right! Come on in for $2.50 sushi, $3.50 appetizers, $2.50 sake, and $10 Sapporo pitchers. We have many other items on our happy hour menu but you'll have to find out what they are on the rest of the site or simply by just coming in! Our Happy Hour is also on all other days from 2pm till 5pm, even on the weekends.

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Boxes for Lunch!

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Our Chicken Teriyaki Bento Boxes are only available during lunch and they're awesome! You have the choice of dining in or taking out. Doesn't matter because either way, it's delicious! Each bento box comes with 2 pieces of shrimp tempura, 3 pieces of vegetable tempura, miso soup, and a bowl of rice. Our Bento Box #1 comes with Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll and it's only $9.95. Our Bento Box #2 comes with 1 sushi piece of each: tuna, albacore, salmon, and shrimp. It costs $11.95. Our 3rd Bento Box comes with 2 sashimi pieces of tuna, albacore, and salmon. It's priced at $14.95.

Poke Bowl: Sushi Deliciousness in a Bowl

Poke Bowl Tuna Albacore Tamago Masago Orange County Sushi World OC

Great to have during lunch or dinner, our poke bowl will always hit the spot! Especially if you don't have the time to sit down for a long spell at our sushi bar. It's got a little bit of everything in it: tuna, albacore, masago, tamago, and a bunch of other goodies that make this bowl absolutely perfect. And don't forget, we still have happy hour all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all other days from 2pm till 5pm. Best happy hour in all of Orange County without a doubt.