Oki Ton Japanese Bistro

We were shopping at Ikea and Costco when hunger struck! Since we always pass by Oki Ton Japanese Bistro in this area, we decided to check it out for ourselves.

Due to the Costco gas traffic, we took the back way into the parking lot by entering on the Costco warehouse side. There was a "grand reopening" sign with "all-day happy hour". I asked the waitress when it reopened and she said about a year ago in October. Talk about a LONG reopening! Also, the happy hour 20% off applied to all rolls, chef special rolls, and appetizers.

To start, Dennis ordered the Garlic Flavored Edamame which came out in a hot steaming bowl. At first the garlic seasoning seems really strong but it did give it a nice unique taste compared to regular edamame. It also wasn't too salty which I liked. My favorite is still the dry rub seasoned edamame served at Roy's Hawaiian Restaurant.

Our first roll was the Hungry Roll, which consisted of a shrimp tempura type roll accompanied by some popcorn lobster. We liked that the roll was flavorful enough by itself without soy sauce. The lobster pieces themselves were not that big so there was more tempura but at least it wasn't oily or overcrispy, plus I consider it a BONUS since it was the same price as our other roll.

The second roll was the Azzi Roll, which also had tempura shrimp but with a seared salmon on top. Dennis was very happy with the melt-in-your-mouth salmon texture and the fact that he didn't have to chew it. There was also an asparagus stalk in here which I feel doesn't ever belong in a sushi roll. We also thought that this roll may have had a little TOO much sauce because it was definitely a lot stronger in flavor than the other.

When reviewing the menu, I felt the special roll selection was a bit lacking. Most of the sushi rolls had either spicy tuna, crab or tempura shrimp in it. I was hoping for a roll with a little more sushi fish in it, but perhaps sashimi is the way to go for that, or another restaurant. Also, with the 20% off, the prices still came out to about $12 a roll, which isn't terribly expensive but my favorite sushi place has some excellent rolls for approximately 8 each, all day. I didn't feel the justificaiton of the price for this particular place, but that's my opinion. It was still decent but we will probably try out a couple other places before returning here.

Oki Ton Japanese Bistro
2408 Northside Dr.
San Diego CA 92108
(619) 284-8036

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Faye's picture
Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:02am

I think I came here once and had their fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu). I thought originally they were known for their katsu items (fried cutlet, tempura, etc) so we didn't try their sushi (this was years ago). I remember their sushi prices being super pricey back then. I thought the restaurant itself was really pleasant. Your sushi rolls look yummy. For that azzi roll, what is that red/purple round disk that's sitting in front of the 4th piece? Is it a fried beet?

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:12pm

Dennis likes katsu pork so maybe we'll try one of those items if we go back. I was in the mood for sushi that day though. The azzi roll has a slice of beet in the middle.

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Submitted by Kirk (not verified) on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:25pm

Hey Lynn - So Grand Re-opening? Hopefully they're under new management, or at least have a better kitchen. We had two terrible meals there....really terrible years ago, which included their "signature" tonkatsu. It's too bad they don't seem to have dishes based on their roots "Oki" stands for Okinawan - we could really use an Okinawan restaurant here in San Diego.

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:08am

I would love to try an Okinawan restaurant too since I'm unfamiliar with it. But seriously though, I don't think I liked this place enough to go back since there are just so many other japanese restaurants in SD (with really good reviews) we have yet to try.

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