Shimura Restaurant

★★★☆☆

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Tues-Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm Sat-Sun: 5pm-10pm

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I hate to leave a bad review, but I did want to warn other about Shimura Restaurant in Fountain Valley.

The first time I went to Shimura's was in the mid 80's and at the time, it was a great place to dine. Today, I was craving Japanese food and Shimura popped into my head. Feeling nostalgic, we went there... what a HUGE disappointment.

First off, in all fairness, the service was good. The waitress lady that other reviews talk about is very nice and sincere.

Their food was another story. I ordered the combination #13 which was tempura, chicken karrage, and beef teriyaki and my wife ordered the sashimi dinner.

Combination #13: The tempura and miso soup was good. The beef teriyaki was so rubbery I couldn't eat it and the teriyaki sauce was so bland that I had to resort to using soy sauce. The chicken karrage was a joke. The meat was so dry and favorless I had half of one piece. Same for the salad.

Sashimi dinner: All the fish that came on the plate was far from fresh. I was appalled to see that a Japanese restaurant that's been around for so long would even consider serving fish of such poor quality. Honestly, canned tuna would have tasted better than their "sashimi" grade tuna. The snapper still had some skin left on it. Salmon was terrible! I actually think it was very close to being spoiled.

Lastly, the ginger / cucumber side dish that comes with every meal was dry, old, and like someone else on Yelp stated, smelled of mildew.

Overall, it was the worst dining experience I've had in a long time. When I go into a Japanese restaurant, I expect a certain level of quality and even if they fall short, I'm pretty forgiving, but today's experience at Shimura was so horrible, I had to write this review so that other's, especially first time sushi eaters, will avoid a disappointing experience.

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I hate to leave a bad review, but I did want to warn other about Shimura Restaurant in Fountain Valley.

The first time I went to Shimura's was in the mid 80's and at the time, it was a great place to dine. Today, I was craving Japanese food and Shimura popped into my head. Feeling nostalgic, we went there... what a HUGE disappointment.

First off, in all fairness, the service was good. The waitress lady that other reviews talk about is very nice and sincere.

Their food was another story. I ordered the combination #13 which was tempura, chicken karrage, and beef teriyaki and my wife ordered the sashimi dinner.

Combination #13: The tempura and miso soup was good. The beef teriyaki was so rubbery I couldn't eat it and the teriyaki sauce was so bland that I had to resort to using soy sauce. The chicken karrage was a joke. The meat was so dry and favorless I had half of one piece. Same for the salad.

Sashimi dinner: All the fish that came on the plate was far from fresh. I was appalled to see that a Japanese restaurant that's been around for so long would even consider serving fish of such poor quality. Honestly, canned tuna would have tasted better than their "sashimi" grade tuna. The snapper still had some skin left on it. Salmon was terrible! I actually think it was very close to being spoiled.

Lastly, the ginger / cucumber side dish that comes with every meal was dry, old, and like someone else on Yelp stated, smelled of mildew.

Overall, it was the worst dining experience I've had in a long time. When I go into a Japanese restaurant, I expect a certain level of quality and even if they fall short, I'm pretty forgiving, but today's experience at Shimura was so horrible, I had to write this review so that other's, especially first time sushi eaters, will avoid a disappointing experience.

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This is the MOST amazing sushi restaurant. Their abalone crawls in front of you and the chef knows the effect of different sushi on different mindsets. For the layperson (such as myself), this was a life-changing experience about the potential of food to reflect the psyche. I know what you're thinking - too much Like Water For Chocolate viewing. Not true - I wouldn't have believed it if it hadn't happened to me. Be prepared to spend $50 and up, as the chef choreographs a wonderful ensemble of flavors and textures for your tastebuds, digestion, and sensibilities.

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This is the MOST amazing sushi restaurant. Their abalone crawls in front of you and the chef knows the effect of different sushi on different mindsets. For the layperson (such as myself), this was a life-changing experience about the potential of food to reflect the psyche. I know what you're thinking - too much Like Water For Chocolate viewing. Not true - I wouldn't have believed it if it hadn't happened to me. Be prepared to spend $50 and up, as the chef choreographs a wonderful ensemble of flavors and textures for your tastebuds, digestion, and sensibilities.

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