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“Good Food But Hard to Find”
Review of Bistro Anju

Bistro Anju
Ranked #10 of 85 Restaurants in Aliso Viejo
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 24, 2014

Food was well prepared but the taste was too toned-down, maybe due to lack of freshness.
I had a chirashi sushi that was kind of small yet still premium priced and it didn't fill me up like it would normally do at other restaurants so I had to order some more sushi. My wife had yellowtail collar and tuna tataki that were excellently prepared. The green tea we were served were rather bland, probably because it had been brewed much earlier. That is important to note because that is indicative of the food taste-level also.

The restaurant was relatively small, located inconspicuously a small strip mall, but the staff was attentive and friendly. There were 3 sushi chefs for a small sushi bar and 4 waitresses available to serve a small number of customers so their service level was very good. There were a large number of Japanese customers there so you know the restaurant itself is very authentic. Overall I think the food was a little over priced and under-portioned.

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Thank WarrenChu
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

My friend and I had the seven course gourmet dinner ($85 each) and worth every penny. We sat at the sushi bar so we could watch the master prepare each offering. Deliciously fresh fish and incredible sauces. First visit and certainly not my last.

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Thank Carlsonce
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We decided to give this highly rated Japanese restaurant a try. It is located in a strip mall, has 10 small tables and a sushi bar area, and appears to be operated entirely by a family. The lighting was low, and decor has an orental flavor. The menu did not have the typical pictures of the dishes and did not have the staples like teriyaki; which were fine by us We ordered several shashimi, rolls and chef's special dishes. The food was excellent, with the fish very fresh. The squid tempura was lightly fried, and not salty at all. This is a good benchmark for us when we dine out. We arrived on a Saturday evening around 6:15 and it was not too croweded. Yet after we ordered, it took a little while for the food to arrive. They noticed it and gave us a complimentary dish, which was a pleasant surprise. The staff were very friendly but could be more attentive as requests for water and tea were forgotten. If not for that blemish, we would have given Bistro Anju 5 stars.

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1  Thank WeLuvHounds
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Bistro Anju
Aliso Viejo
Best Sushi Ever Tasted!
Omakase menu (fixed price; chef’s choice) prepared by the wonderful Hideko Satai who is very personable; must have been 7-8 courses
Love his knife work
Good beer & excellent sake selection
The different types of fish were the freshest
Five star highlights:
Corn cracker crusted Chilean sea bass & small maple syrup glazed lamb chop & greent tea crème brulee’
Efficient food service
Need reservations, especially to sit at sushi counter
Very loyal clientele

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Thank Rosquete
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This restaurant offers the highest quality of sushi in the area. Best sushi I had outside Japan. Highly recommended.

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Thank foodsnobandproudofit
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