Buddha’s Favorite

Japanese in Newport Beach

Who are we to disagree with the Enlightened One? This dockside sushi joint’s Yokohama-born chef has a hipster following for creative hot and cold appetizers like sashimi ‘candy,’ miso black cod, fried salmon wontons with cream cheese, and deep-fried halibut with eel sauce. Snag a table outside on the heated deck and enjoy the twinkling harbor lights.

If you're not a fan of raw fish, try tempura, soba or udon noodles, or heaping donburi rice bowls.