Food Porn Friday | Ikko Sushi | Costa Mesa

Friday, December 02, 2011


I don't know why it's taken me so long to post about Ikko Sushi in Costa Mesa, seeing as how it's HANDS DOWN the BEST sushi in town...of course, only in my humble opinion. 


The first time the bf and I dined here it was under the much anticipated recommendation of all our foodie friends. We didn't know what to expect having heard that the sushi chefs ban the use of soy sauce since the freshest catch is always the ones that come straight from the ocean, pre-seasoned and salted to natural perfection. I scoff at the use of soy with my sushi anyway so this establishment sounded like the real deal Holyfield...Here's why: 

Toro and yellowtail...always a crowd favorite

Japanese Egg Plant Tempura with Wasabi Smelt Eggs and Spicy Tuna on top (First pic)
Get ready for a major oralgasm...the mish mash of textures is phenomenal!! I get this dish EVERY SINGLE TIME...never fails to please me...

Raw Shrimp with Spicy Cod Row, Mashed Potatoes on Burdock Root Chips (Second pic)
New on the menu...changes seasonally to reflect what's available...Super sweet shrimp and masago always makes me happy...although I've never had bark chips before...tastes like it looks...just eh, will pass on this next time.

Salmon Tortilla Chips with Wasabi Tartar Sauce: My 2nd fave dish on their menu...this one's a mainstay and seriously one of the fanciest lox and chips you'll ever have...if you've never had this combo, you're totally missing out! Makes me want to reconsider how I snack at midnight...

Fresh Oysters with Ponzo Mousse: Loves me some fresh raw oysters!!! Theirs are always super succulent without the faintest smell of the sea...Brownie points fo'sho and a clear indication that these chefs know what the shuck they're doing...

Warm Carpaccio of Kobe Short Rib with Yuzu Shimeji Sauce and Yuzu Pepper Paste: Raw fish, raw steak...what's next, raw poultry?? I'm sooooo down!!! Always trying to venture away from familiar places/faces/food/things...this piece of raw meat is a total delight! Slimy, but super tender...if you closed your eyes, this could double as sashimi.

...and you can never, ever forget to wash it all down with a large bottle of Otokoyama sake (top fave) and le pièce de résistance...Uni soup!! If you're a fan of uni, you will lalalallLOVE this dish. If you're NOT a fan of uni, you'll be converted after just one bite! Don't believe me?? I'll put $ on it, man!! Seriously though...it's friggin' BOMB.DOT.DIGGITY.COM. 

735 Baker St. Ste. C 
Costa Mesa, CCA 92626 
(714) 556-7822 

*Insider's tip: Ikko don't mess around mang...they don't serve cut rolls. They don't serve fake crab "aka California". They don't serve lo-cal soy (they barely have soy as it is, so DON'T ask). If you're a little apprehensive about all their options, sit at the sushi bar and order omakase. But whatever you do, ALWAYS, ALWAYS order the eggplant tempura (first pic)...you can Thank ME later gator* 

Hope y'all enjoy an fabulously festive weekend!

Bon Appétit mes amies!! 

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30 comments

  1. Ive never had sushi, but this looks great! I always love your food posts. :)

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  2. I think it's funny when people always say they love sushi but of course they are talking about the standard California roll or avocado roll. Seeing this was more of a eye-gasm for me because everything looked soo good. For sure I would try it at least once buttt idk lol <3

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  3. wow i just realized that im super hungry. and the worst part is that there's no food in the fridge. thanks alot!!!

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  4. that looks delicious!! If I am in the area, will def check it out. thanks for the inside tip too.

    xo!
    Sheryl

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  5. this looks like the yummiest meal ever!!

    <3 steffy
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  6. Wawwwww this sushi looks amazing! Nothing compared to what I normally eat haha
    xxxx

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  7. OMG, it looks so goood! 'll have to go there when I go back to the OC for sure !!

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  8. Not only is sushi one of my favorite foods but I'd totally give up soy sauce for these fresh, creative options! Looks delicious.

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  9. wow these photos are making me *drool* hahah! seriously amazing lol. the first photo looks really well made - textures wise. cool blog~ keep in touch ;)

    -Joyce
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  10. This looks sooo delicious. xx

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  11. Great Post ! All of that looks so yummy !

    Love S.
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  12. Awesome food photos! Everything looks fantastic esp. the Salmon Tortilla Chips with Wasabi Tartar Sauce. Now I know where I must eat if I ever visit Costa Mesa :) Thanks for visiting my page. You run a rockin' site! Cheers!
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  13. OMG yummy this looks sooooo good ! I got hungry now ! haha

    thanks for passing by my blog xx mwaaa

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  14. i have never tasted that but it looks very delicious! :)
    xx

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  15. Oh my gosh YUM! I am so happy you live here and I can try all of your suggestions! Def going to try this one, esp. since I am 1/2 Japanese. Always on the lookout for good sushi here in the O.C. xoxo

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  16. oh my god this looks so delicious! i love beef carpaccio and that eggplant tempura looks tdf!

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  17. YUM! This looks fantastic.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  18. YUmmmyy! You always eat the most delicious food!

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  19. Seriously so sad that I can't have sushi. It looks delicious and nothing is like sushi in a city that is actually by water (since I live in Chicago, it doesn't taste that great). Your food post always makes me want to live in California again.

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  20. ohh my, supper yummerz... AGAIN! haha love it!

    xo's

    - teeney

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  21. i must agree!!! definitely the freshest sushi in the OC.

    I love that I can relate to a lot of your food posts and find new places to try!

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