Gin Sushi

★★★★☆
  • 3589 E Colorado Blvd

    Pasadena, CA 91107

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  • 626-440-9611

About Gin Sushi

Hours
Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm

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I have mixed reviews about this place. The good: their lobster special is the bomb! The sushi had big peices of fish. The bad: some of their rolls are terrible. Do not order a Mexican roll. It is a California with siracha! How is that

3
★★★★★

I have mixed reviews about this place. The good: their lobster special is the bomb! The sushi had big peices of fish. The bad: some of their rolls are terrible. Do not order a Mexican roll. It is a California with siracha! How is that

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I have mixed reviews about this place. The good: their lobster special is the bomb! The sushi had big peices of fish. The bad: some of their rolls are terrible. Do not order a Mexican roll. It is a California with siracha! How is that

3
★★★★★

I have mixed reviews about this place. The good: their lobster special is the bomb! The sushi had big peices of fish. The bad: some of their rolls are terrible. Do not order a Mexican roll. It is a California with siracha! How is that

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Probably the best sushi spot in Pasadena. There may be better sushi, but there's no where with the prices and atmosphere of gin. The food is delicious and affordable. The lobster special is the best thing on the menu. They also employ the

3
★★★★★

Probably the best sushi spot in Pasadena. There may be better sushi, but there's no where with the prices and atmosphere of gin. The food is delicious and affordable. The lobster special is the best thing on the menu. They also employ the

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Probably the best sushi spot in Pasadena. There may be better sushi, but there's no where with the prices and atmosphere of gin. The food is delicious and affordable. The lobster special is the best thing on the menu. They also employ the

3
★★★★★

Probably the best sushi spot in Pasadena. There may be better sushi, but there's no where with the prices and atmosphere of gin. The food is delicious and affordable. The lobster special is the best thing on the menu. They also employ the

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Best lobster rolls around town. I come here just for that. The rest of the food is good also.

3
★★★★★

Best lobster rolls around town. I come here just for that. The rest of the food is good also.

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Best lobster rolls around town. I come here just for that. The rest of the food is good also.

3
★★★★★

Best lobster rolls around town. I come here just for that. The rest of the food is good also.

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OMG, if your a Sushi lover, you all should head down to Gin Sushi in Pasadena, Calif.. The prices is so affordable you cant go wrong. The seafood are very fresh and good. Unlike other Sushi places in the area, they are very busy no matter what time of the day you go there. It gets really packed for dinner time (lines are out the door).

Who ever reads these logs pls let me know what you think...

2
★★★★★

OMG, if your a Sushi lover, you all should head down to Gin Sushi in Pasadena, Calif.. The prices is so affordable you cant go wrong. The seafood are very fresh and good. Unlike other Sushi places in the area, they are very busy no matter what time of the day you go there. It gets really packed for dinner time (lines are out the door).

Who ever reads these logs pls let me know what you think...

Pros: The cheepest Sushi in the Pasadena Area

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Just thinking about the suchi there at Gin makes me want to go there now and have dinner. I can honestly say this is the best suchi resturant in town! Big pieces for the buck best deal and always fresh. I recommend Gin suchi to all my friends try the lobster special and you will be hooked or the rolls or the famous yellowtail sushi, sashimi its the best see you soon!

2
★★★★★

Just thinking about the suchi there at Gin makes me want to go there now and have dinner. I can honestly say this is the best suchi resturant in town! Big pieces for the buck best deal and always fresh. I recommend Gin suchi to all my friends try the lobster special and you will be hooked or the rolls or the famous yellowtail sushi, sashimi its the best see you soon!

Pros: huge pieces for the buck

Cons: always a line to get in

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GOOD FOOD. Great Sushi, really fresh. Hearty portions for your money. Courteous and pleasant service (however when it?s busy service can take a while). I took a friend to try sushi for the first time and he loved it.

2
★★★★★

GOOD FOOD. Great Sushi, really fresh. Hearty portions for your money. Courteous and pleasant service (however when it?s busy service can take a while). I took a friend to try sushi for the first time and he loved it.

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The food is not bad, but it's not top notch. There is quite a crowd. Go in small groups because it takes longer to get a table if you go in large groups. Very family friendly place. The fish is really fresh, but they need to work on the rice. There's nothing special about this place, but if you're looking your satisfy your sushi fix, head here. We were able to load up on cut rolls for about 10 dollars a person

2
★★★★☆

The food is not bad, but it's not top notch. There is quite a crowd. Go in small groups because it takes longer to get a table if you go in large groups. Very family friendly place. The fish is really fresh, but they need to work on the rice. There's nothing special about this place, but if you're looking your satisfy your sushi fix, head here. We were able to load up on cut rolls for about 10 dollars a person

Pros: Good for the money

Cons: nothing that sets it apart from any other sushi restaurant

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I've had better sushi. Wouldn't go back. Given the wait and the poor service, I don't know why so many people were there. We ordered the mixed plate sashimi which was okay. The some of the pieces were smaller and chunky in cut. Certainly not melt in your mouth kind of sushi. The tempura ~ average; the miso soup ~ cold; the hot sake ~ not hot and you can taste the cheapness; the rolls ~ were big but mushy and poorly assembled. The only thing i really enjoyed was the Seaweed Salad. The portion was a generous side and I enjoyed the sesame flavor. The bathroom ~ DISGUSTING!!!! I don't think they clean it ~ totally gross. Altho the waitress was nice, the service was just really poor. It felt disorganized and uncoordinated. We had 3-4 servers and saw each one only once. We asked for our check 3 times, waited 1/2 hour and never got it.. Even tho there was still many ppl waiting, the waitress kept of telling us that they were calculating it and when we got fed up of waiting, we went to the counter to pay and they hadn't even pulled our bill to figure out what was due. Yo'd think with so many people waiting, they'd want to turn tables over fairly quickly. it was cute the way they had polaroids taped all over the walls, i guess those folks are the ones that actually enjoyed it.... U certainly won't see my pic up there ever.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've had better sushi. Wouldn't go back. Given the wait and the poor service, I don't know why so many people were there. We ordered the mixed plate sashimi which was okay. The some of the pieces were smaller and chunky in cut. Certainly not melt in your mouth kind of sushi. The tempura ~ average; the miso soup ~ cold; the hot sake ~ not hot and you can taste the cheapness; the rolls ~ were big but mushy and poorly assembled. The only thing i really enjoyed was the Seaweed Salad. The portion was a generous side and I enjoyed the sesame flavor. The bathroom ~ DISGUSTING!!!! I don't think they clean it ~ totally gross. Altho the waitress was nice, the service was just really poor. It felt disorganized and uncoordinated. We had 3-4 servers and saw each one only once. We asked for our check 3 times, waited 1/2 hour and never got it.. Even tho there was still many ppl waiting, the waitress kept of telling us that they were calculating it and when we got fed up of waiting, we went to the counter to pay and they hadn't even pulled our bill to figure out what was due. Yo'd think with so many people waiting, they'd want to turn tables over fairly quickly. it was cute the way they had polaroids taped all over the walls, i guess those folks are the ones that actually enjoyed it.... U certainly won't see my pic up there ever.

Pros: seaweed salad

Cons: slow, uncoordinated service, long wait, dingy interior, creepy backlot parking

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I like this place a lot. The menu is huge and they have some things you won't find elsewhere. The price is really great, too. Some might call it cheap. But don't let that worry you about the quality. It's very good. Maybe not the best cut of fish in town but for the price and the options it really is worth it. I usually don't go on weekends as it can fill up pretty fast. I've seen lines before. But for a late dinner on a Tuesday there won't be a crowd so go on off days. I love sushi and live a five minute drive from little Tokyo but I still will drive out to Pasadena to go to Gin Sushi!

2
★★★★★

I like this place a lot. The menu is huge and they have some things you won't find elsewhere. The price is really great, too. Some might call it cheap. But don't let that worry you about the quality. It's very good. Maybe not the best cut of fish in town but for the price and the options it really is worth it. I usually don't go on weekends as it can fill up pretty fast. I've seen lines before. But for a late dinner on a Tuesday there won't be a crowd so go on off days. I love sushi and live a five minute drive from little Tokyo but I still will drive out to Pasadena to go to Gin Sushi!

Pros: choice, quality, price, big parking lot

Cons: crowds, busy waitstaff

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Their lunch and dinner specials are very affordable, however the service was below par. I don't sit at the sushi bar, so maybe the eye-to-eye contact with the sushi chef could get you better service rather than waiting for your order , a refill or your bill from the forgetful servers. On two separate occassions, they've forgotten to put in our order of yellowtail collar, even after repeating our order to us AND telling us during our 30 minute wait that it was still cooking, only to find out that they had never ordered it. When it's busy the waitresses seem to be overwhelmed and don't have an organized and logical system of which tables they are covering. Arrive early and if it's busy be prepared to wait.

1
★★★☆☆

Their lunch and dinner specials are very affordable, however the service was below par. I don't sit at the sushi bar, so maybe the eye-to-eye contact with the sushi chef could get you better service rather than waiting for your order , a refill or your bill from the forgetful servers. On two separate occassions, they've forgotten to put in our order of yellowtail collar, even after repeating our order to us AND telling us during our 30 minute wait that it was still cooking, only to find out that they had never ordered it. When it's busy the waitresses seem to be overwhelmed and don't have an organized and logical system of which tables they are covering. Arrive early and if it's busy be prepared to wait.

Pros: affordable menu

Cons: service

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I have been to Gin many times over the years. In high school I was primarly a beginning sushi person sticking to mainly the cooked rolls, however, after going to Gin's I am hooked on sushi in general. Their salmon is the best. They have some of the freshest sushi around. If you are a first timer you have to get their lobster special, you wont regret it! The rest of the food is not bad. The tempura is very good. Miso soup comes with every meal, including sushi. The cucumber salad is free but only upon request. Dining in the booths are ok. Sitting at the bar is a must for the full experience. The owner, Gin is always a crack up greeting you as you come in and yelling things bringing a little life to the overall atmosphere. The server Yoko has been there forever and always takes care of you. The service great when Yoko is there, otherwise it is hit and miss. I have been to many other places but always keep coming back to Gin's for their prices and friendly atmosphere.

4
★★★★☆

I have been to Gin many times over the years. In high school I was primarly a beginning sushi person sticking to mainly the cooked rolls, however, after going to Gin's I am hooked on sushi in general. Their salmon is the best. They have some of the freshest sushi around. If you are a first timer you have to get their lobster special, you wont regret it! The rest of the food is not bad. The tempura is very good. Miso soup comes with every meal, including sushi. The cucumber salad is free but only upon request. Dining in the booths are ok. Sitting at the bar is a must for the full experience. The owner, Gin is always a crack up greeting you as you come in and yelling things bringing a little life to the overall atmosphere. The server Yoko has been there forever and always takes care of you. The service great when Yoko is there, otherwise it is hit and miss. I have been to many other places but always keep coming back to Gin's for their prices and friendly atmosphere.

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This place is great! The sushi is fresh and affordable. My boyfriend who was not a sushi fan before, loves it now. We recommend sitting at the sushi bar, the guys who work there are hilarious and makes for an enjoyable evening. Best place to eat your fill of sushi.

2
★★★★★

This place is great! The sushi is fresh and affordable. My boyfriend who was not a sushi fan before, loves it now. We recommend sitting at the sushi bar, the guys who work there are hilarious and makes for an enjoyable evening. Best place to eat your fill of sushi.

Pros: affordable & fresh sushi

Cons: service can be a bit slow but everyone there is very friendly

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I love tis place. I went there with a fried. We ordered all this sushi and it came on one giant plate. It was so good and we couldn't believe how cheap it was. They had crispy sushi that was awesome. there was a bit of a line but i was very happy. go early.

2
★★★★★

I love tis place. I went there with a fried. We ordered all this sushi and it came on one giant plate. It was so good and we couldn't believe how cheap it was. They had crispy sushi that was awesome. there was a bit of a line but i was very happy. go early.

Pros: the price! and it's good. there is enough parking around pasadena. it's past all the pasadena craziness

Cons: waiting

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I LOVE Gin's beyond reason. The service is definitely not typical (you won't have a server assigned to your table; anyone who passes you will help you but it might be a LONG TIME before someone does) but if you become a regular they treat you VERY well. The sushi is not stellar (although I love the special rolls) but it's good, and you can't beat the price: $2.80 for a California Roll? Awesome. The miso soup and the green tea are amazing and addictive (I crave them both nearly daily).

Overall: don't go here if you want quick service and a quiet romantic atmosphere. Come here if you have a large group or plan to stay a long time (that's another thing about the service--they won't rush you even if you're a party of two at a large booth and there's people out the door waiting for tables).

2
★★★★★

I LOVE Gin's beyond reason. The service is definitely not typical (you won't have a server assigned to your table; anyone who passes you will help you but it might be a LONG TIME before someone does) but if you become a regular they treat you VERY well. The sushi is not stellar (although I love the special rolls) but it's good, and you can't beat the price: $2.80 for a California Roll? Awesome. The miso soup and the green tea are amazing and addictive (I crave them both nearly daily).

Overall: don't go here if you want quick service and a quiet romantic atmosphere. Come here if you have a large group or plan to stay a long time (that's another thing about the service--they won't rush you even if you're a party of two at a large booth and there's people out the door waiting for tables).

Pros: Good food, great price, fun environment

Cons: Slow service, no ambience

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I've tried this place twice and have been disappointed both times. First off, the atmosphere reminds me of Denny's. The booths and walls are old and dirty. The staff is rude and you end up sitting and waiting forever for your order or check or to be seated. The last time I went we were sat next to a table full of small kids that were running around and throwing food. Not exactly the experience I want when I go out for sushi. And to top it off the grade in their front window is a B......that's a little scary when it comes to eating raw fish!

1
★★☆☆☆

I've tried this place twice and have been disappointed both times. First off, the atmosphere reminds me of Denny's. The booths and walls are old and dirty. The staff is rude and you end up sitting and waiting forever for your order or check or to be seated. The last time I went we were sat next to a table full of small kids that were running around and throwing food. Not exactly the experience I want when I go out for sushi. And to top it off the grade in their front window is a B......that's a little scary when it comes to eating raw fish!

Pros: The food is okay

Cons: Bad atmoshpere, rude staff, dirty looking restaurant.

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I read the review on Gin sushi and decided to give it a try..turned out it was below my expectation. I ordered the crazy roll and it was only average..or I should say below average. The sushi rice was out of place. it was supposed to have masago and avocado with salmon and lemon on top but the sushi turned out to be only avocado and salmon..No massago...and Did I mention the service?? horrible..the tempura, however, is better than the sushi..I think the rate here is way over rated. it's just average or should I say below average...

1
★★☆☆☆

I read the review on Gin sushi and decided to give it a try..turned out it was below my expectation. I ordered the crazy roll and it was only average..or I should say below average. The sushi rice was out of place. it was supposed to have masago and avocado with salmon and lemon on top but the sushi turned out to be only avocado and salmon..No massago...and Did I mention the service?? horrible..the tempura, however, is better than the sushi..I think the rate here is way over rated. it's just average or should I say below average...

Pros: lunch until 3 pm

Cons: bad serice, sushi out of place

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I really enjoyed the Crazy roll. The salmon and lemon slices were a great pairing. On the other hand we also ordered a beef teriyaki dinner and it was dissappointing. The beef and sauce tasted great, but the way they sliced the beef was odd. It's like they took a normal slice and sliced it into 3 slices to make them super skinny. And it's not a great idea for them to place it all on a huge plate.

I enjoyed the servers' personalities. I heard them speaking Japanese so they are really Japanese! They were just really busy running around, almost seeming anxious. But they were all really friendly and nice. I would recommend to all. Great place!

2
★★★★☆

I really enjoyed the Crazy roll. The salmon and lemon slices were a great pairing. On the other hand we also ordered a beef teriyaki dinner and it was dissappointing. The beef and sauce tasted great, but the way they sliced the beef was odd. It's like they took a normal slice and sliced it into 3 slices to make them super skinny. And it's not a great idea for them to place it all on a huge plate.

I enjoyed the servers' personalities. I heard them speaking Japanese so they are really Japanese! They were just really busy running around, almost seeming anxious. But they were all really friendly and nice. I would recommend to all. Great place!

Pros: Great Prices, comfortable and roomy, Yummy Sushi

Cons: dinner portion, busy waitresses

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gin sushi has become one of my favorite sushi restaurants. it is affordable, delicious, and has a great ambience. sit at the sushi bar and you won't be disappointed because you get your very own live entertainment from the sushi chefs. it is definitely one of a kind dining experience.

2
★★★★★

gin sushi has become one of my favorite sushi restaurants. it is affordable, delicious, and has a great ambience. sit at the sushi bar and you won't be disappointed because you get your very own live entertainment from the sushi chefs. it is definitely one of a kind dining experience.

Pros: delicious, great entertainment

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Gin Sushi is a good restaurant to get your sushi fix in. The prices are decent; since most sushi isn't that cheap to begin with, but you're paying for quality fish. If you're a sushi eater, you'll feel right at home here; if you're not a sushi eater, they can recommend dishes for you to try.

3
★★★☆☆

Gin Sushi is a good restaurant to get your sushi fix in. The prices are decent; since most sushi isn't that cheap to begin with, but you're paying for quality fish. If you're a sushi eater, you'll feel right at home here; if you're not a sushi eater, they can recommend dishes for you to try.

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Dependable meals make up for the less-than-dependable service. The sushi here is tasty, filling, and affordable, though the service is pretty bad. Don't get me wrong, the waitstaff is very, very nice but they don't seem to know what they're doing, and I've been going here for years. Even during lunch when the place is nearly empty, it's easy for them to forget to bring the check or, you know, the food. Still, the food makes up for all of it. If you can make it for lunch during the week, the specials are great.

2
★★★★☆

Dependable meals make up for the less-than-dependable service. The sushi here is tasty, filling, and affordable, though the service is pretty bad. Don't get me wrong, the waitstaff is very, very nice but they don't seem to know what they're doing, and I've been going here for years. Even during lunch when the place is nearly empty, it's easy for them to forget to bring the check or, you know, the food. Still, the food makes up for all of it. If you can make it for lunch during the week, the specials are great.

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty, Prompt Seating

Cons: Forgetful Staff, Women's Room in Kitch

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i currently reside about 30 miles from this sushi bar and i love to drive the distance. it's a friendly atmosphere and its a lot of fun - especially eating at the bar. gin himself is a LOT of fun and knows how to have a good time. a must for any lover of sushi and fun entertainment. :)

PROS: fun, exciting, excellent service
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

i currently reside about 30 miles from this sushi bar and i love to drive the distance. it's a friendly atmosphere and its a lot of fun - especially eating at the bar. gin himself is a LOT of fun and knows how to have a good time. a must for any lover of sushi and fun entertainment. :)

PROS: fun, exciting, excellent service
CONS: none

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What's a "great neighborhood restaurant", you ask? Well, some place near where you live that you frequent regularly because it's appealing, reliable, and has good food. Gin Sushi is just such a place. One of the waitresses, Yuki, has been at this location for years (even when it had a different name and format). The regulars are just that...regular. They come often...sometimes weekly...and their pictures are on the wall. The food at Gin is abundant, good to excellent quality, and the service is generally attentive. They sometimes (often) get very busy and the service quality may drop, but don't be alarmed or discouraged. Try the place again...maybe during the week instead of on the weekend. We definitely enjoy this restaurant. You will, too.

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★★★★☆

What's a "great neighborhood restaurant", you ask? Well, some place near where you live that you frequent regularly because it's appealing, reliable, and has good food. Gin Sushi is just such a place. One of the waitresses, Yuki, has been at this location for years (even when it had a different name and format). The regulars are just that...regular. They come often...sometimes weekly...and their pictures are on the wall. The food at Gin is abundant, good to excellent quality, and the service is generally attentive. They sometimes (often) get very busy and the service quality may drop, but don't be alarmed or discouraged. Try the place again...maybe during the week instead of on the weekend. We definitely enjoy this restaurant. You will, too.

Pros: huge portions, excellent food, friendly staff

Cons: crowded parking

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gin sushi was the first sushi place i ever went to ive loved them since day one and go in often but since i just moved 40 minutes away i still make the effort to go in once a month ive tried other places but none satisfy my like gin's.the sushi is nice and fresh and if you liked cooked i recommend the lobster special,crunchy roll, shrimp tempura roll, these are all so good enjoy!!

2
★★★★★

gin sushi was the first sushi place i ever went to ive loved them since day one and go in often but since i just moved 40 minutes away i still make the effort to go in once a month ive tried other places but none satisfy my like gin's.the sushi is nice and fresh and if you liked cooked i recommend the lobster special,crunchy roll, shrimp tempura roll, these are all so good enjoy!!

Pros: good food, good ambience

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Gin's establishment does not provide what one would call stellar service. They tend to be disorganized when they get busy, and have had my party switch tables more than once. But it does offer good, no-frills, decently-priced fare. Fish is fresh. They've got many options on the "designer roll" front, and most of them are good. I keep going back.

2
★★★★☆

Gin's establishment does not provide what one would call stellar service. They tend to be disorganized when they get busy, and have had my party switch tables more than once. But it does offer good, no-frills, decently-priced fare. Fish is fresh. They've got many options on the "designer roll" front, and most of them are good. I keep going back.

Pros: fresh, inexpensive

Cons: brusk service

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Our dinner here was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had.

First of all, one of the sushi chefs seemed to be drinking with a guy at the corner of the sushi bar and screamed at the top of his lungs every time they had a drink.

Second of all, the sushi chef that was serving us constantly tried to make conversation with us and other customers in an awkward and prying manner.

Never again.

This might be good place to go to get raving drunk, but otherwise you may want to avoid this place.

PROS: Sushi tasted okay
CONS: Sushi chefs behave like little kids

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★☆☆☆☆

Our dinner here was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had.

First of all, one of the sushi chefs seemed to be drinking with a guy at the corner of the sushi bar and screamed at the top of his lungs every time they had a drink.

Second of all, the sushi chef that was serving us constantly tried to make conversation with us and other customers in an awkward and prying manner.

Never again.

This might be good place to go to get raving drunk, but otherwise you may want to avoid this place.

PROS: Sushi tasted okay
CONS: Sushi chefs behave like little kids

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Great sashimi. They must put something in their fish because it's so addicting. I really enjoy this place. Can get crowded during dinner time.

5
★★★★★

Great sashimi. They must put something in their fish because it's so addicting. I really enjoy this place. Can get crowded during dinner time.

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East Pasadenans are drawn to this roomy, nondescript Japanese eatery with its three-sided blonde wood sushi bar. It's almost impossible not to like Gin, the boisterous, fun-loving chef-proprietor, but his suburban hangout is best suited…

 

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