The sushi chef who made Utzutzu a destination for traditional omakase in Alameda has branched out on his own.
Chef Joji Nonaka and Anna Osawa, who worked as a server at Utzutzu before the pandemic temporarily shuttered the restaurant, started a pop-up called Sushi Salon in February. It specializes in simple omakase made with wild-caught fish from a particular fish broker in Japan who doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S. Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya, located at 2451 Shattuck Ave. at Haste Street in downtown Berkeley, hosts it every other week.
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