Oshima is one of the most notable restaurants serving authentic sushi for reasonable price in Orange County. My girlfriends and I have been talking about trying it for a long time and finally it happened. A obstacle is they are only available for 30 minutes between 5-5:30pm to to take reservations and most phone calls wouldn’t get through. So we even didn’t try but arrived 35 minutes before it opens instead. 6-7 people were lining up already and 10 more people arrived by the time it opened the door. We were pretty sure we would be able to get in for the first round but a large group with reservation showed up. Aww!!! They put down our name on the list and told us wait would be an hour because a few other groups reserved tables. Ouch!
After 25 minutes, around 5:55pm, we were called to be seated. Yay! It was not bad. The ambience is kind of romantic.
Sharing a bottle of beer $6 x 2
Sushi Menu (left slip for local fish, right for fish from Japan)
Omakase Sushi (10 pcs) $40
From Top left: Sea Bream（鯛）, Sea Bass（スズキ）, Japanese Butterfish（メダイ）, Bluefin Tuna（本マグロ）, Amberjack（カンパチ）, Toro & Green Onion（ネギトロ）, Scallop（ホタテ）, King Mackerel（サワラ）, Cherry Salmon（サクラマス）, Black Cod（銀ダラ）
Every piece is seasoned with citrus juice, soy sauce or other condiments such as yuzu pepper or marinated wasabi, so you don’t have to dip in soy sauce. Every single piece was so delicious.
My favorites are sea bream, king mackerel, toro and black cod. 10 pieces of omakase nigiri are thoughtfully prepared. I think it’s supposed to enjoy top left to right, then down left to right. It would elevate from light/delicate to fatty/bold tastes.
We added 5 more.
From left: Raw Octopus（生ダコ）, Crab Meat with Liver（カニ味噌）, Pike Conger（ハモ）, Sardine（イワシ）, Rosy Sea Bream（のどぐろ）
Total: $80 per person including tax & tip
Although we couldn’t relax since there was 2 hours limit and people were waiting at the entrance area, which is next to our table, it was very satisfying with quality food that we simply enjoyed sushi. I like the proportion of a little rice and bigger fish.
1956 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865