Omakase at Sushi Sam’s

Japanese cuisine is ranked high among our favorites, so it is no surprise that NP and I are always looking for opportunities to revisit (or try) a Japanese restaurant. Sushi Sam’s is one of our regular spots for sushi, but not just because it is close by. On Valentine’s Day, NP and I came to Sushi Sam’s for lunch – I am pretty sure we did not even have a discussion but both suggested the place at the same time.

As usual, the restaurant was crowded, but we were able to get seated after about 10 minutes. We went for the omakase – which is a series of sushi plates based on the chef’s choice – in addition to a couple of appetizers. Our server made sure to swing by and refill the tea pot frequently while we waited for the food.

The food came within a reasonable time considering how busy they were. Once the omakase came, we devoured (still with much appreciation) the sushi. The slices of fish and other seafood were juicy and buttery, and the ratio of the rice to fish was perfect. NP and I both agreed that the sushi was made with just the right amount of wasabi (between the fish and rice), sauce (if any), and vinegar in rice, so that people did not need the extra wasabi or soy sauce. Our favorites were the baby crab and the blue shrimp.

I really appreciate the chef staying creative and changing the omakase menu regularly, judging from our regular visits. Even though there is almost always a wait even for sitting at the bar, the food is well worth it!

Sushi Sam’s Edomata
218 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 344-0888


  1. Jeno says:

    gulp! Although Barcelona offers wonderful food I have yet to find a decent and affordable sushi joint. Actually, I’ve given up on eating sushi in Europe. These pictures just made me drool. The pictures are absolutely beautiful!

    • Isabelle says:

      Thanks for your kind words Jeno! I agree – too difficult to find good/affordable sushi in Europe… let me know when you come to Cali next time and we’ll go get sushi!

  2. Michelle says:

    Looks so yummy!! I love omakase. In hong kong people have been wary of japanese sourced fish due to the earthquake. A pity. Can’t wait to try out this restaurant when I visit SF next!!

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