Restaurant of the Week: Sushi Martini

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Sushi Martini, 8153 Aspen Ave. (at Foothill), Rancho Cucamonga

A former Italian restaurant that went through several incarnations (Spaghetti Eddie’s and Cucina Italiana among them) near Foothill and Haven is now reimagined as a Japanese restaurant and proving successful since its opening in January.

A friend and I had lunch there a few weeks back. The interior is casual but slightly swank with modern decor and hardwood floors. There’s a dining room with sushi bar, tables and booths and a lounge. Bottled beer, wine, sake and cocktails are offered.

He had a combo of chicken teriyaki and vegetable tempura (bottom) and liked it; I had the all you can eat sushi ($20). After a salad and miso soup, I had seven pieces of nigiri sushi and a cut roll, adding up to more than $20 worth of food. Below, left to right, is red clam, squid and tuna. I also had salmon, shrimp, mackerel, scallop and a salmon skin cut roll, one of my standbys, and a good version too. Some say the specialty rolls are better than the nigiri, but I rarely order those.

This was not the valley’s best sushi, but it was good enough, I’d rate it higher than nearby Omakase and Ken’s, and the deal was priced well. The atmosphere was comfortable and the service friendly. In other words, I would return.

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  • Mike Johnson

    Dave, you mention “This was not the valley’s best sushi…”. What are your top 3 Sushi places west of the 15 freeway?

    • davidallen909

      Excellent question, Mike. I’m certainly no expert, nor have I made a comprehensive survey, but the three best I’ve had are all in Chino Hills: Ojiya, Rokuan and Nara, in descending order. Those are serious sushi bars. Do you have favorites?

      • Mike Johnson

        I’ve never ventured to Chino Hills for sushi but will definitely look into them in the future. My “go to”, close to home Sushi is Fukuya Sushi in La Verne. Shogun also does a very good sushi.