Recently, I visited H2O Sushi & Izakaya, a newly opened Japanese restaurant in Hillcrest, to celebrate a friend’s birthday!
I really liked the decor here, with a sleek and modern feel. Unfortunately most of my interior pictures didn’t turn out so well, except for this one of a very pretty “curtain” of lights:
The menu here is quite extensive, but we were all in the mood for sushi and decided to order a selection to share.
Shishito Peppers [$6]
But first, we started out with a plate of shishito peppers, sautéed with garlic sauce and topped with shredded bonito. The peppers were cooked nicely, but the problem was that it was overly salty. I was quite sad because normally I love shishito peppers, but the salt in the garlic sauce just overpowered everything.
Y and J were immediately interested in the yellowtail appetizer, featuring slices of yellowtail with truffle oil, jalapeno, sesame seeds, tobiko, and yuzu citrus sauce. There were five slices – perfect for our group of five! I enjoyed the fresh yellowtail and flavors of this dish.
Sashimi Roll [$15]
Everyone agreed upon the “Sashimi Roll”, which includes salmon, tuna, albacore, imitation crab, asparagus, avocado, and tobiko, wrapped in soy paper. This was quite a nice assortment of fish in one roll!
Angrytail Roll [$11]
I’m not sure what’s the reasoning behind this roll’s name – maybe to denote the spiciness? This roll includes spicy tuna and cucumber on the inside, and topped with yellowtail, jalapeno, and a dot of sriracha. I liked the fish, but was not a fan of the jalapeno slice and sriracha on top.
Dynamite California Roll [$13]
I’m normally a fan of baked rolls and was looking forward to this since the description sounded yummy – imitation crab, avocado, cucumber on the inside, with baked scallops, bell peppers, mushroom, and onions on top. Unfortunately, the sauce that they used was far too sweet, and there was too much sauce. This roll was a bit of a disappointment.
H2O Chef’s Special Plate [$24]
The Chef’s Special Plate includes six pieces of sashimi – 2 each of tuna, salmon, and and albacore, four pieces of nigiri sushi – yellowtail, snapper, shrimp, and eel, and a bowl of uni and masago over rice. I had a piece of the salmon sashimi and the shrimp nigiri, and both were nice and fresh. The rest of my party also seemed to enjoy this plate the most out of everything that we ordered.
Overall, we had a nice time at H2O Sushi & Izakaya. While the dishes were a bit hit-or-miss, I am hoping that the restaurant will work out the “misses” as they settle in from being newly opened. The atmosphere of the restaurant is quite nice, and I still had a wonderful time with my friends here.
H2O Sushi & Izakaya
3930 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103