Hidden Fish is the first omakase only sushi bar to open in San Diego. The restaurant also introduces the trendy speed omakase concept to San Diego.
Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you,” giving the sushi chef the freedom to choose what is served to you. Timed dining, or speed omakase as it’s often referred to in the U.S., is something that is commonly found in Japan but only recently became popular in the U.S., especially in cities like NYC and Washington, D.C. Speed omakase in the U.S. also tends to be more affordable than traditional omakase.
There are two dining options: a 30-minute 12 piece meal priced at $50 or a 90-minute 18 piece meal priced at $90. The sushi is sourced from a variety of local sources and also from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
The restaurant seats 13, with 8 seats and two chefs dedicated for the 30-minute service and 5 seats with head “Chef Kappa” for the premium 90-minute experience.
Here is what we had that evening:
sea bream, chive
seared salmon, yuzu, sesame seeds
stripe jack, shiso
shrimp, parmesan shavings
tuna, truffel oil
seared scallop, mustard, plum salt
toro tartare, scallions
seared mackerel, pickled kelp
yellow tail, shiso, picked radish handroll
At the end of our 30-minute meal, we were given the option to order additional dishes a la carte. We opted to splurge on the priciest item on the menu ($19), an indulgent bite consisting of toro topped with uni, sturgeon caviar and black truffle.
Overall, we enjoyed our initial visit to Hidden Fish. Though it may not compare to similar-style omakase meals we had in Japan, we thought the quality of ingredients and preparation put into the fish was reasonable for the price point. It is also a good introduction to omakase dining. For those concerned about the pacing, I actually didn’t mind the 30-minute time limit. Since the sushi are essentially one bite pieces, I never felt rushed over finishing and felt there was sufficient time to enjoy my food (and take my photos). We will definitely be back to try the 90-minute experience.
Reservations can be made online via resy.
4764 Convoy St Ste A, San Diego, CA 92111