Sushi Koto is a popular sushi joint in Fountain Valley that my friend “H” suggested. We originally wanted to go to Nanasan which is another popular sushi joint, but it was closed for Easter. Luckily she found this spot with great reviews. I have been craving sushi for the longest so we went all out. I just made “H” do all the ordering since we like a lot of the same seafood.
I had to take pictures of these cute Japanese cats on the walls. The restaurant is small, but perfect. The staffs are really nice and pays attention to you to refill your drinks and green tea.
You can order what’s on the menu such as appetizers, bento boxes, chirashi, udon, cold soba noodles, chicken teriyaki, and salads or get the Omakase course where the chef will serve their specialty. There is a sushi order sheet where you can check off exactly which roll you want.
There are additional items on a separate menu with unique items like the Monk FIsh Liver, Calamari Salad, Marinade Mackerel, Renkon Tenpura, and Steamed Crab Leg Dumpling.
We ordered the Salmon, Sweet Shrimp, and the Unagi. I’m always down for salmon so we ordered that. I remember when I tried the Sweet Shrimp for the first time and didn’t like it at all. The slimy texture wasn’t appetizing but then “H” kept insisting that I try it again a few years back. And when I did I liked it.
When you order Sweet Shrimp at sushi restaurants, they fry the head for you. If you ever tried the Korean Shrimp Chips, it tastes just like it. The Fried Shrimp Head is so tasty you can eat the entire thing, even the eyeball!
I tried the Monk Fish Liver years ago and I was surprised I liked it then because it was not like me to be that adventurous at the time. Since I tried it before, I knew I could handle it this time. I tried not to think it was liver, but instead just focus on the flavor and texture. I thought it was tasty as it melts in your mouth and each bite is flavorful and nutty. Now I’m beginning to sound like Andrew Zimmerman where he says everything tastes nutty.
We just had to try the Taro Tuna, even though it was quite pricey. It was thick pieces and was really fresh.
I forget what kind of Unagi Roll this was, but it had an interesting name so “H” and I decided to try.
We were stuffed, but we still had room for a little dessert. They had the Black Sesame, BUT they ran out of it. How convenient. So instead we order the Green Tea ice cream which is two small scoops with small whipped cream. The green tea ice cream was so so. There are much better ones out there and this little serving of ice cream was $3. Oh wells, we got our dessert.
Would I try this place again? I certainly would, but it would have to wait until “H” visits me again since the fiancé doesn’t like seafood. 😥
Sushi Koto is located at 18225 Brookhurst St Ste 7 Fountain Valley, CA 92708.