Sushi Deli 3
7986 Armour St
San Diego, CA 92111
I was introduced to Sushi Deli 2, SD3's sister location downtown during college. Super cheap rolls and drink specials= big fan. And while my college days are over, I still enjoy going to Sushi Deli every once in a while. The rolls are just so cheap compared to other japanese-american fusion places. And while the sashimi may not be high quality, its relatively fresh and edible, and the rolls are pretty tasty.
Unfortunately, Sushi Deli 2 is always packed and you can't make reservations and they won't seat you until your whole party is there. And because it's downtown there's no parking. Due to the popularity and small space, it's almost impossible to arrive at a time when there is no wait. Not too long ago, I even tried going right when they opened for dinner on Saturday, to find out there was already about 20 people lined up waiting for them to open for dinner!
There is also a Sushi Deli 1 in the Hillcrest area. But the menu is a bit different. The place is also crowded. But the one time I went there, the food tasted weird to me.
Then the former Sushi Deli 3 opened around the Convoy area. I was so excited. Closer location, no downtown parking to deal with. However, the idea for Sushi Deli 3 was not very well executed. The location simply was way too small. They couldn't seat more than 30 people, and that included seating people super close to one another and putting people at some weird table space locations inside the restaurant. So it wasn't a surprise when the former Sushi Deli 3 closed down.
Thanks to a post by mmm-yoso, I was alerted that a new Sushi Deli 3 would be opening soon. The last time I was at Sushi Deli 2 picking up a super cheap lunch special, I saw the information about Sushi Deli 3 opening.
Little Brother has been bugging me about wanting to eat sushi lately. So off we went to try Sushi Deli 3. The street it is on is almost deserted. A weird place to put Sushi Deli 3. When I first entered the restaurant, I was surprised about how empty it was. Granted, it's not a great spot, but I thought enough word of mouth from Sushi Deli fans would make this place as packed as its other two locations.
We arrived for dinner around 6, and there was plenty of seating available both inside and outside. Even when we left, there were quite a few empty tables. Sushi Deli 3 also has a alcohol bar, which takes up a lot of space and really seems unnecessary because there aren't many seats at the bar…Also, there is plenty of street parking since it is not a busy street.
The menu is the exact same menu as Sushi Deli 2, which I was happy about. The menu is extensive, with lots of different roll combinations, though many of them are similar. The one problem I've had at eating at Sushi Deli is that if you order too many rolls, they all start tasting the same after a while. I forgot to take pictures of the extensive menu. Oh well. Next time!
It's been a while since we've been to Sushi Deli and we were hungry, so Boyfriend, Little Brother and I ended up ordering a lot.
We ordered the nine piece salmon sashimi:
The hot hot California roll:
It's a California roll baked in hot spicy mayo sauce. The used to top it with bonita flakes which looked really cool because the bonita flakes would be dancing when it served to you. They don't seem to do that anymore. Also they don't seem to bake it enough anymore either. The last two times I have ordered this, I have been disappointed.
A rainbow roll with tuna only:
Best seller combo. Allowing us to try 4 pieces of 4 different rolls we had been interested in trying out.
I don't remember all of them, but one was a 7 spices seared tuna roll (second from left), navavava roll, azusa, and i forgot the other one.
Other than the seared tuna, the other three had both cilantro and jalapenos in it. I didn't like the taste of cilantro and jalapenos in my sushi. The rolls would have tasted better without these tastes, in my opinion.
The service was great and attentive. Our bill came out to be about $60. Very cheap considering all that we ordered. We'll probably be back soon.