I think we found our new local sushi restaurant! Ever since my wife and I found out our favorite sushi restaurant was sold to a new owner and the quality dropped like a rock, we’ve been on the hunt for a new sushi spot. Today, we found it at Orange Roll and Sushi in Tustin, CA. They serve good quality fish at an affordable price. At first I was skeptical about this place because if you check out their yelp page, you will see that they are known for their rolls. For me, I like to eat sushi nigiri and my wife likes to eat sashimi, so we are all about the quality of the fish and the sushi rice, not fancy rolls drenched in sauce.
We were both pleasantly surprised when we saw and tasted the quality of the fish at Orange Roll and Sushi. Above is a picture of their salmon bowl, which my wife is now in love with. Just look at the nice fatty salmon… yum!
My favorite nigiri sushi after salmon is yellow tail. Their yellow tail was good quality and a generous portion. Although their sushi rice wasn’t crazy good like Sugarfish, it was still really good. It wasn’t mushy or hard, it has a nice fluffy texture that went well with the fish.
Freshwater eel is another nigiri sushi dish that I always get. Something about the sweet sauce mixed with the delicate eel meat that falls apart in your mouth (damn, I am getting hungry just thinking about it). One thing I want to point out from the two pictures above is the portion size of their nigiri sushi, they are good size pieces. I am talking about the kind that requires two bites or if you eat it in one bite you are going to have one hell of a mouth full (trust me, I tried both methods).
Above is their Chirashi bowl, it isn’t as crazy as the one Akasaka use to serve. However, since Akasaka isn’t really around anymore I can’t compare it to their Chirashi bowl. The Chirashi bowl at Orange Roll and Sushi is pretty good, they give a good amount of fish and the quality definitely is greater than the price.
Whenever I go to Orange Roll and Sushi, I typically always get a mixed plate of sushi nigiri. Usually I get salmon, yellow tail (hamachi), tuna and freshwater eel. In the above pictures I didn’t include the freshwater eel because I ordered it separately during that meal.
Conclusion of Orange Roll and Sushi Review
Overall I was very impressed with the quality and the price. Although Orange Roll and Sushi isn’t going to completely replace Akasaka, I can see it becoming our regular sushi spot because the quality is good and the price is very reasonable. I will continue to look for the amazing quality sushi restaurants, but those usually come with a larger price tag.