Nothing Fishy Here

Though it can be rather raucous, Midtown’s Tamaya wraps up some tasty fish. Prepared by dedicated NBA fans – judging by the sushi chefs’ enthusiastic reaction to the game playing on the flat screens behind them – each dish we sampled was fresh, beautifully presented, and not the least bit fishy – the hallmark of high quality.

The pictured roll above certainly better matched its name, the Caterpillar role, with it’s hair-thin sliced avocado, roe, and crispy tempura shrimp. I’m normally a roll-only girl, but since my sushi fanatic friend, Crystal, was there, she applied her ocean-vast knowledge of nigiri to get us the day’s special salmon cuts and fresh tuna varieties. These simple fish-and-rice combos practically melted in the mouth and were so hot-off-the-boat they practically swam up to the table themselves.

Tamaya is a chill establishment – it would make a great 3d date restaurant, but not a great first date location unless you and your date like yelling over either basketball or the loud music that piped up after the game. The service was friendly, relatively prompt, and attentive. I give Tamaya 3 out of 4 fins for quality, ambiance, and service.

Tamaya Sushi Bar & Gril; 2131 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: (916) 498-8388; rolls from $4.95 to $12.95 or thereabouts.

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