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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