WaSa’s fresh take on sushi

The restaurant brings `new generation’ flavors to Irvine, Newport Beach

They’re locations that stand out in Orange County’s congested sushi world. And for some detractors who tested the food with me, it’s the novelty of what he’s doing with sushi and other Japanese fare.That novelty comes to life with the “WaSa Treasures,” a list of 16 plates that take two-piece sushi servings and fuse them with sharp, saucy flavors. One is a relative sushi beginner, one a fanatic, the third an enthusiast. He spent 2 years moonlighting as a minimum-wage sushi apprentice, consisting of time working for Hamamori at O Sushi in Brea.Hamamori worked his method up and through the Los Angeles sushi scene prior to Lee lured him to Irvine, then Newport Beach. After opening a little, traditional-sized sushi bar in Irvine, they added a tonier take in the Newport Bluffs shopping center in 2003.

And for some critics who sampled the food with me, it’s the novelty of what he’s doing with sushi and other Japanese fare.That novelty comes to life with the “WaSa Treasures,” a list of 16 plates that take two-piece sushi portions and fuse them with sharp, saucy tastes. He spent two years moonlighting as a minimum-wage sushi apprentice, consisting of time working for Hamamori at O Sushi in Brea.Hamamori worked his method up and through the Los Angeles sushi scene before Lee drew him to Irvine, then Newport Beach. After opening a little, traditional-sized sushi bar in Irvine, they included a tonier take in the Newport Bluffs shopping center in 2003.

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