Sushi Murasaki (Santa Ana, CA)
2901 W MacArthur Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Dining date: 2/18/17
I really enjoy the Orange County sushi scene, especially when comparing the price point to comparable sushi in Los Angeles. I haven’t tried too many places in the area (I really enjoy Ohshima in Orange), but a friend recommending trying this spot in Santa Ana. Sushi Murasaki has been one of the highly regarded sushi spots in the area for the past decade.
We took a seat at the omakase-only counter for a procession of sushi.
Cucumbers and Seaweed
Golden Eye Snapper
Sea Urchin (Santa Barbara)
Sea Urchin (Hokkaido)
I didn’t know a lot about Murasaki going in, and what surprised me most were the amount of flavor accents paired with the fish. A couple of the ones that worked best were the sea bass with shishito pepper oil and eel with yuzokosho. Less successful was a spicy chili oil atop the black cod – it just really overshadowed the fish. Many of the ‘premium’ cuts were left simply adorned with soy; the toro and uni were excellent.
Murasaki may not be the ideal spot for a sushi purist, but it presented some very good sushi in a reasonable price range.