A short time before Christmas I purchased a Groupon for a sushi joint that I’ve always wanted to try but, for one reason or another, never got around to. The sushi joint in question: Sushi of Naples, found in Pasadena on Green Street, the more peaceful, calmer sibling to the famous, albeit boisterous, Colorado Boulevard. I invited a couple of friends to split my Groupon with me after a day of last minute holiday shopping.
Long Beach Roll – Avocado and masago topped with salmon
Stone Shrimp Roll – California roll topped with rock shrimp tempura and special sauce
Spicy Red (or Green?) Dragon Roll - I actually forgot to write down the name of this roll and the website for Sushi of Naples is beyond unhelpful. Shrimp tempura inside roll topped with unagi, avocado, spicy tuna and scallions.
Atmosphere: Very welcoming and warm, with appealing decor. Clean and friendly.
Service: Slow, but friendly. It was only annoying when we were waiting for our check.
Quibbles: I find Sushi of Naples to be a bit too expensive for casual, “let’s just grab some sushi” luncheons. Our $20 for $40 worth of fare did not cover all three specialty rolls. I would definitely not dine here on my own dime, but split the bill amongst friends again. Also, I recall not being particularly fond of the (hot) sake. It was bitter tasting. I know that’s probably what I get for liking rocket fuel to begin with, but I’ve had scrumptious hot sake in the past so I’m going to mention it.
Sushi of Naples (website)
735 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
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