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“Sashimi Strong”
Review of Kaito

Kaito
Ranked #106 of 314 Restaurants in Encinitas
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 24, 2012

The Sashimi was excellent but the sushi led to a lower score. Kaito is a small Japanese restaurant in a very large outdoor strip mall. I would not rate them average but if you are going for sushi, then it would be good, not very good. It can be a bit confusing to find if you arrive a foggy night like we did. The people were friendly and our host was apologetic as we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated though we arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation. We started with the beef tongue (cooked) which had nice flavors but the thicker cut slices were a bit tough to chew. The shrimp dumplings were very tasty and the sauce that accompanied them made them better. The Tanuki Udon noodles excellent. From there we moved on to the "meat" of the matter. We had the Blue Fin Belly (Toro) and the Halibut (Hirame) and both were outstanding! The texture and flavors were wonderful. The accompanying sauces added to the flavors. From there we moved on to the sushi and that is where things went "south". Despite having several different rolls, we could not distinguish one from another in terms of taste. The rolls were made well and had nice structure but if you have the soft shell crab I would ask them not to wrap it in cucumber. It looks different but the cucumber impacts the flavors. In any event, If it is a short drive it may be worth visiting but I believe it is their Sashimi which is their strength and it was very fresh. I would not drive from La Jolla to go there. The many great reviews took us there but after experiencing it, it will not take us back. The server and wait staff were excellent.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

the service was extremely slow ( few patrons in restaurant ) , but the food was awful.

I grew up in Hawaii and have been eating sushi for 50 years, I would not recommend this place , it was so expensive and far below standard food !!!

What a disappointment ! Look elsewhere for sushi !!

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Small unassuming sushi spot. Traditional style and extremely fresh fish. Had Bluefin toro that melted in your mouth. DFR and Suncoast rolls were excellent. the Seared ono on top of the DFR roll was a great texture contrast to the spicy tuna inside. The Suncoast with pickled vegetables and scallions worked well with the spicy tuna as well. Staff were friendly and the fish was fresh. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Great place. Check out the chef specials for a group. Superb presentation and delicious eating. It is a place that you want to return to try other items on the menu.

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Thank jackstras
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We have been eating at Kaito for several years now and it never fails to be fresh, excellent and simply the most delicious sushi and sashimi I have ever been lucky enough to eat. Koz is amazing!

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Thank jacquiejune
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