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13124 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92602
Before there was an Izakaya Wasa at the Spectrum, before the glamour of Hamamori strutted up to South Coast Plaza's Crystal Court, chef James Hamamori began with a humble neighborhood sushi bar in Irvine called WaSa Sushi. Though the chef is rarely seen there these days, his original restaurant is still one of the most beloved and reliably popular sushi bars in the city. Friday nights are routinely rowdy, with his trio of trusted sushi chefs loudly toasting, hoisting glasses of beer, having a good time with regulars, and continuing Hamamori's recipes and techniques, including his perfectly balanced "Treasures," which were conceived and honed right here.
Source: OC Weekly
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